Acis + Galatea
by GF Handel
filmed at the Baltimore Theatre Project
Stage Direction, Timothy Nelson
Music Direction, Adam Pearl and Timothy Nelson
Design by Kel Millione
Ignoti Dei Orchestra
Acis the mime, Aaron Sheehan
Galatea the trapeze girl, Rebecca Duren
Polyphemus the sad clown, Sumner Thompson
Damon the ringmaster, Tony Boutee
Coridon the dancing bear, Kristen Dubenion-Smith
Amidst the hum and drum of a post-modernity, a traveling troupe of singing circus folk gather to perform for you the story of "Acis and Galatea," an ancient tale that has been passed down among untold generations of street performers. The story of "Acis and Galatea" is the classic tale of boy meets girl, boy gets girl, one-eyed monster crushes boy with rock, and boy turns into fountain. This ground-breaking production turns the theatre into a circus tent, reknowned singers into mimes, trapeze girls, clows, and even a dancing bear, and turns traditional opera on its head.
Released in 2014, SONGS OF THE FISHERMAN is a collaboration of composer Timothy Nelson (IN Series artistic director), poet Andrew Albin (ORPHEE ET EURYDICE, 2020), and tenor Brian Arreola(VIVA V.E.R.D.I., 2018, BUTTERFLY, 2019). The work is a ritualized meditation on the human life-cycle composed an evocative and culturally diverse texts. Praised by Opera News, the identities of the characters and the meaning of the narrative are created by the viewer.
Brian Arreola, tenor
Alison Mixon, dancer
Pleiades | 24 is a video project adapted from a famous collection of twenty-four Baroque tunes which are often assigned as first songs to beginner voice students.
Although most singers regard this collection with a mixture of embarrassment and nostalgia, we believe that the 24 Italian Songs & Arias deserve to be re-considered and re-imagined as a timeless device for telling contemporary women’s stories through both music and film.
Ultimately, this project will include five seasons. At the conclusion of filming this series The Pleiades Project will have showcased the diverse work of 30 female artists, including singers, directors, editors, choreographers, and fine artists.
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