Overtone Industries' Songs & Dances of Imaginary Lands - July 1-25 (Contemporary Opera)
"...ambitious and possibly ground breaking new opera” -- LA Times
After 7 years in development, months of rehearsals, and weeks of community art-making workshops to create the sets & costumes (out of mostly recycled & reclaimed materials), Overtone Industries is set to open Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands. The production is a large-scale, genre-bending contemporary opera integrating an astounding array of innovative art installations, dance, voice, live and recorded music, projected video, costuming, community participation, and theater. The lead characters - Tom & Sue - have lost their identities and they travel to 21 imaginary lands to find them. The couple reclaims their stories by visiting these imaginary lands that embody the pivotal experiences of their lives.
The production was developed and cultivated by Director O-Lan Jones in an extensive guided collaboration that involves twenty one librettists, eleven composers, Costume and Scenic Designer Snezana Petrovic, Musical Director David O, Instrument Inventor Bart Hopkin, Choreographer Nina Winthrop, twenty performers, a nine-piece live orchestra, dozens of crew members, scores of community volunteers, and many others.
The audience will be transported (between these 21 lands, which all have different sets & costumes and songs & dances) around this massive 25,000-square-foot space via different modes of transportation according to the price of their ticket (a class hierarchy system!).
July 8 - 25, 5 performances Thu-Sun, 8pm nightly, 2pm Sunday matinee
inside a vacant 25,000-square foot auto dealership that is being temporarily transformed into a performance space
8810 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232