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Invisible Anatomy – Illumination

Illumination weaves together new pieces by IA's five composer-performers with visual and theatrical elements by Michael McQuilken.

Overview

Invisible Anatomy’s Spring 2019 show Illumination – the fourth show the group has created together – is an evening-length, conceptually unified piece drawing on classical, pop, jazz, experimental rock, performance art, and theater; composed and performed by the group’s five members, with visual, video, and theatrical elements by theater artist Michael McQuilken.

The show explores the practical, aesthetic, and ideological applications of light – our primary means of orienting ourselves and conveying information – as a way to examine conflicting viewpoints, the limits of language and communication, and moments when perceptual information does not match up with our expectations and understanding.

We will premiere Illumination as part of Tribeca New Music‘s 2019 Festival at Nancy Manocherian’s the cell in three performances from February 28 and March 1.

Michael McQuilken creates theatrical scenarios that are complex, intense, and nuanced as well as direct and beautiful. He’s also a musician himself, and integrates music and visuals in a way that few do. We’re also extremely excited to partner with Tribeca New Music, an organization with a long history of presenting music that falls between the cracks of genre, and with the cell, an incredible incubator for new theatrical and musical works.

As with our debut album last year, a big priority for us right now is high-quality documentation of high quality performances of our music. The fact that we’re doing three performances means a higher level of comfort and familiarity with the music than we would achieve in a single premiere performance. Michael will be filming all three performances and editing together the best takes, resulting in a beautiful document of the show, which will be our primary means of booking gigs for the group in the next two seasons.

Project Media

Invisible Anatomy | Paul Kerekes – Memory Etude
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Excerpted from Invisible Anatomy’s show third season show TRANSFIGURE, performed live at Roulette Intermedium on February 2, 2017.

Invisible Anatomy | Fay Wang – Dissolution
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Excerpted from Invisible Anatomy’s show TRANSFIGURE, performed live at Roulette Intermedium on February 2, 2017.

Angel’s Bone – Trailer
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Trailer for Du Yun’s 2016 opera Angel’s Bone, which Michael McQuilken worked on as director / onstage cinematographer / video artist.

Start and End Dates

02/28/201903/01/2019

Location

New York, New York

Project Created By

New York, New York
ABOUT INVISIBLE ANATOMY Composer-performer ensemble INVISIBLE ANATOMY (IA) combines diverse musical backgrounds and individual voices to create works of virtuosic physicality and dramatic visual presentation. Practicing composition and performance as interrelated, communal acts, IA has built a repertoire of evening-length, conceptually unified pieces that harness elements from classical, pop, jazz, experimental rock, performance art, and…

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