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The Furies: A Laptopera – Premiere of Act I

Date, location, and tickets

Sunday, December 8, 2019
at 7:30 PM

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
660 Lomita Dr.
Stanford, CA 94305

Free Event



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Event Information

The Furies: A Laptopera is a retelling of the Greek tragedy Electra. Blending a number of versions of the Electra story including works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Jean Paul Sartre, this retelling explores central questions regarding how communities escape from cycles of violence, the role of guilt and shame in community identity, personal responsibility, how justice interfaces with cycles of violence, and redemption. The artistic medium of the laptop orchestra both serves to recast the traditional instrumental role in a new kind of operatic medium (the “laptopera”) that reimagines the potential of instrument-building to support dramatic elements and character relationships — while simultaneously positing critical questions about technology in our lives presently, both in its promise to help us flourish and in its perils to perpetuate and amplify the existing cycles of violence in our world today.

ACT I
This retelling of the Electra story begins as Orestia returns to Argos, the town where she was born and from which she was banished as an infant. As she comes to know Argos and the curse of flies that has seiged this city, disguised, she meets her sister and mother and struggles to make sense of a home and family she has never known.

After the performance, there will be a Q&A discussion with composer Anne Hege and laptop orchestra director Ge Wang about the Furies, its instruments, and artistic process.

(Act III premiered in June 2019 at Bing Concert Hall; check out the video)


Featuring:
Electra: Shauna Fallihee | Orestia: Anne Hege | Clytemnestra: Amy Michelle Foote
Instrument design: Elena Georgieva, Camille Noufi, Anne Hege
Music and Libretto: Anne Hege
Visuals, Laptop Orchestra director: Ge Wang
Choreography and Staging: Catie Cuan
Chorus & Ensemble: Stanford Laptop Orchestra | SideLObe

Stanford Laptop Orchestra | SideLObe
Brendan Larkin | Catie Cuan | Camille Noufi | Elena Georgieva
Kunwoo Kim | Madeline Huberth | Matt Wright | Mike Mulshine
Raul Altosaar | Anne Hege | Ge Wang

Ge Wang, director

 


This event is supported by a grant from New Music USA.