Calling: An Opera of Forgiveness

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Fall 2008 Calling poster
Poster for Calling.
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ABOUT CALLING:
Calling, an Opera of Forgiveness, recounts the up-close experience of one downtown family on 9/11, and the month immediately following it.  Blending drama, music, and choreography, it captures the reactions and reflections of one family witnessing the attack on the World Trade Center at close range, and the path they take to move from chaos to recovery and hope. La MaMa's production marks the first full showing of the work.

Calling premiered September 12, 2008 at the La Mama ETC. First Floor Theater in New York City, where it will ran a series of fifteen performances through the month of September.  Prior to the full premiere, segments of the work were presented at the Cornelia St. Cafe's Serial Underground in New York City from June 2007 through March 2008, in February 2008 at the Spark Festival in Minneapolis, in April on the Sonic Divergence festival at Northwestern University, at Princeton University in May, and at a benefit performance in Tribeca in June.  

The opera is based on Wickham Boyle’s 2002 book A Mother’s Essays from Ground Zero, a collection of essays reflecting on events in the lives of Boyle and her family from the morning of September 11 through the following month of October, 2001.  Ms. Boyle wrote the libretto for the opera and is the "guiding spirit" behind the opera's development.







empty space PERFORMANCES:
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June 26, 2008: "Lesser of Two Evils" performed at the Calling benefit, Boyle/Minor loft.
   
May 17, 2008:
"Sweep" was performed at Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, with violinist Maja Cerar, percussionist Cameron Britt, and the Princeton University Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk).

empty space April 5, 2008: "Sweep" premiered by violinist Maja Cerar, percussionist Cameron Britt, and the Princeton University Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) at the Sonic Divergence Festival, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanstan, Illinois.

March 10, 2008: "Clean Up" premiered in concert at the Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City.  

February 27, 2008: Twenty-minute staged workshop performance presented at the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  David Walsh, director.

November 12, 2007: "How Long" and "Rescue, Part One" premiered in concert at the Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City.

June 10, 2007: "How Long" premiered in concert at the Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City.


OPENING NIGHT
September 12, 2008 Followed by three-week run at La MaMa ETC., New York City.
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