Bora Yoon + Karmina Silec :: CHOREGIE Project
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Casual Miracles :: Score Development (3 of 3)
UPDATE: Hotel Elefant has made the difficult decision to postpone this premiere concert due to increasing concerns surrounding COVID-19. It is, of course, a disappointing decision, but with circumstances and public health advisories developing so quickly over recent days, we do not want to put our artists and audiences at any risk.
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3rd segment of original score development for larger work ‘Casual Miracles’. In this (now postponed) event, Hotel Elefant to have presented the world premiere of a new multimedia work by composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Bora Yoon, featuring herself as soloist. Featuring the arias of the cycle:
2. Grab ‘Em
3. Power Paradox
4. As If (rage aria)
5. Ego Death
6. Gaia’s Lament
Church of the Ascension (Fifth Avenue @ 10th Street, NYC)
Tickets: PWYW (Pay What You Want)
Casual Miracles :: Score Development (2 of 3)
2nd segment of score development for multimedia songcycle ‘Casual Miracles’. This segment features instrumental soundscape ‘Proprioception’, a chance operation game between violin, percussion, and e-bowed piano. Indeterminate, devised, and improvised in realtime within parameters, by the brilliant violinist/vocalist Courtney Orlando, and BENT DUO (percussion + piano) comprised of Bill Solomon (percussion) and David Friend (piano). Premiered at Peabody Now Hear This, Spring 2019.
Casual Miracles :: select narrated vignettes :: Score Development (Part 1 of 3)
Original musical score in development for multimedia songcycle ‘Casual Miracles’. This segment features five select narrated vignettes, performed by Bora Yoon and new music mavericks Alarm Will Sound. Conducted by Alan Pierson. Premiered at the Princeton Sound Kitchen new music series, Richardson Auditorium, Fall 2019.
Slovenian stage director, set designer, and choreographer Karmina Šilec and Korean-American composer and pioneering vocalist/sound artist Bora Yoon team up to create a powerhouse multimedia performance for solo vocalist, chamber ensemble, and immersive multimedia storytelling.
Both artists’ previous large-scale operatic, music-theater works were featured in the PROTOTYPE Festival (produced by Beth Morrison Projects, and HERE Arts) in 2015 –Toxic Psalms and Sunken Cathedral — and these two form-breaking artists now collaborate to fuse the worlds of narrated vignettes, soundscapes, and arias, about the Casual Miracles that hold the forces of life, death, birth, and creation together.
// ABOUT CASUAL MIRACLES
In this multimedia collaboration, Yoon’s original music and sound design will be staged by director, choreographer, scenographer Silec — and the work will be developed in partnership with various new music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Hotel Elefant. [Potential development support by Arizona State University — and premiere the work during the January 2021 festival season in NYC (ideally with co-partners in American Opera Projects, Opera America and PROTOTYPE).]
The aim of this international collaboration is to trace how our physical bodies sculpt the worlds we experience, create parallel worlds and resonance between the archetypes found at the intersection where spirit and matter meet, and the universal feminist narrative: telescoping from the individual and invisibility of female labour, to the larger lens of environmental feminism. From the granular to the gestalt, our intent is tto resonate the universal dramaturgy and hidden challenges and treasures of the heroine’s journey through dream symbology, immersive theater, hard-hitting truths, cognitive dissonant vignettes to feature societal paradoxes, through form-breaking opera.
Karmina Šilec is an artistic director of Carmina Slovenica and Choregie– new music theatre, conductor & stage director. With her concept “Choregie – vocal theatre or theatre of voices” she has brought freshness & originality to the world of vocal music and theater. Each new project by Karmina Šilec is an expedition to the field of the unknown/unexplored. Artistically merging the old and the contemporary, it creates new, exciting contexts. Her projects are provocative, daring; her ideas break taboos, both those of the society and music.
Bora Yoon is a Korean-American composer, vocalist, and pioneering sound artist who explores the connection of sound to the subliminal. Featured on the front-page of the The Wall Street Journal for her musical innovations, she creates architectural soundscapes using found objects from different cultures and centuries, chamber instruments, digital devices, and voice. Her work is immersive and experiential, and dynamically ranges from fully staged theatrical works for large ensemble, to solo projects. Both extremes utilize the voice to storytell.
Start and End Dates
09/03/2019 — 01/15/2021
New York, New York