Experience Whitney George's musically theatrical, non-linear, and surrealist setting of the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes in Night, like velvet: in twelve letters.
Though George chose texts from different periods of each writer’s life—some when they were romantically involved and some not—she maintains a thematic focus on displacements of time, fragmentation rather than cohesion, and the alternately despotic and wonderful meanderings of communication between lovers.
Lines or words of the selected texts are correlated in time with specific musical moments. In a sense, these texts are a silent continuo part being juxtaposed with the music, “heard” through realization by the reader/listener, and expressed through the mediums of theater, dance, and film.
While Night is a deeply personal reflection on the emotional and creative life of its composer, it is also a fragmented, flexible narrative, an indeterminate sonic journey with the potential to evoke the memory of different experiences in the minds of its listeners.
Dixon Place, May 2016
The Curiosity Cabinet: Sharon Harms, soprano; Lindsey Eckenroth, flute; Aleks Karjaka, clarinet; Alix Tucou, trombone; Adam von Housen, violin; Pedro Vizzarro-Vallejos, viola; Liz Kovalchuk, 'cello; Evan Runyon, double bass; Isabelle O'Connell, piano; Joe Tucker, percussion; Whitney George, conductor; Brandon Blinderman, theatrical design; Marcy Richardson, choreographer & aerialist; Jonas Barranca, actor; Alisa Fendley, choreographer & dancer