Black Inscription (NYC premiere)

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Prototype Festival - Black Inscription premiere

11 Jan 2018 New York City, NY


Time : 9:30pm
Venue : HERE THeater
Address : 145 6th Avenue
State : NY

Black Inscription – Prototype Festival

Prototype Festival – January 11-13 and 18-20 – 9:30pm

A free diver descends into the depths of the ocean, never to resurface. As her terrestrial ties dissolve, she embarks upon an Odyssean journey. Transported by the sea’s currents, she encounters a mystifying underworld with billions of bioluminescent creatures, endlessly inventive structures of coral, gyres of human detritus, and abandoned nets still fishing for no one – sights both awe-inspiring and devastating. Black Inscription is a multimedia contemporary song cycle written by a team of veteran creators, drawing on the most powerful aspects of rock, classical, and pop music. Through music, sound and imagery, Black Inscription plunges us into our oceans and fills us with wonder, outrage, and hope.

Composers Matthias Bossi, Jeremy Flower, & Carla Kihlstedt**
Lyricist Carla Kihlstedt*
Directors Carla Kihlstedt & Mark deChiazza
Producer Rabbit Rabbit Radio

Environment & Video Designer Mark deChiazza
Sound Designer Quentin Chiappetta
Lighting Designer Mary Ellen Stebbins
Costume Designer Sylvianne Shurman
Live Sound Engineer Eli Crews
Spoken Text Hannah Silva
Freediver’s Spoken Voice Tatyana Gessen

*additional lyrics by Natalia Molchanova
**a capella introduction to Octopolis composed by Kristin Slipp & Carla Kihlstedt

Voice & Violin Carla Kihlstedt
Voice & Viola Ariel Parkington
Voice & Keyboard Kristin Slipp
Voice, Guitar, Keyboards & Electronics Jeremy Flower
Voice & Drums Matthias Bossi
Guitar Michael Abraham
Bass George Ban-Weiss

Underwater Video
Video Diver/Dancer
Julie Worden
Underwater Camera & Lighting Marine Imaging Technologies
Underwater Cinematographer Evan Kovacs
Underwater Camera Assistant David Ullman
Lifeguard Kimberly Malkoski & Patrick W A Jenkins

Black Inscription is dedicated to the memory of Arnold Bossi, ever devoted to the ocean. He liked it clear, murky, wavy, flat, smelly, brinny and cold. He was not a seaman, a fisherman, nor an oceanographer, but as long as the ocean was close, he felt at home.

Black Inscription is a theatrical expansion of Lost City: Songs from a Changing Sea, which was funded by Visions and Voices at the University of Southern California.

The spoken text by Hannah Silva is adapted from Jump Blue – an Afonica production for BBC Radio 3.

Additional underwater footage courtesy of William Lange, Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory, WHOI.

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Show run time 80 minutes

Photo by Valentina Suarez