We Built This City! CRESCENT CITY, A HYPERPOERA


Los Angeles operaThe Industry
has built a city within a city presenting the world premiere of Crescent City, a hyperopera by composer Anne LeBaron and librettist Douglas Kearney, under the direction of Yuval Sharon, from Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 27, 2012  here at ATX.  The massive new site-specific production, which you will experience in 360-degrees, is set in a mythical cityscape with abstract sets by an extraordinary group of six LA-based installation artists. Hyperopera, a concept that has evolved in LeBaron’s work and teaching at California Institute of the Arts, is a mega collaboration bringing together artists from many different disciplines.  Crescent City unites not only the creative voices of the writers and producers, but also contemporary visual artists with the set, lighting, video, and sound designers.

More About Crescent City
In the wake of a devastating hurricane, Crescent City is a shell of its former self where the few remaining inhabitants struggle for survival.  The bad waters of an impending new storm wake up the notorious ghosts of the city’s past, including the legendary voodoo goddess Marie Laveau (played by Gwendolyn Brown).  Marie pleads with the awakened voodoo gods to save the city. They agree to come to her aid on one condition: they must be able to find one good person among the ragtag and desperate citizenry.  Crescent City becomes a travelogue in search of the one who will make the city worthy of salvation.

Anne LeBaron’s hybrid sound world encompasses an otherworldly brew of electronica, bluegrass, jazz, and improvisation. The production includes a live 16-piece orchestra (including Timur and the Dime Museum) with such diverse instrumentation as laptop, chromelodeon, and shakuhachi.  Audience members will be seated in and around the city, seeing and hearing the action in every other part of the city through live video streams and sophisticated sound technology.

“I’m excited by the different ways audiences will be able to experience the work,” says Director Yuval Sharon. “Letting imaginations run wild when the space is open during the day should increase people’s curiosity about how the opera plays out by night.”

Listen to “The Nurses’ Scene,” an excerpt from a Crescent City workshop performance at New York City Opera’s VOX in 2006, please click

Tour the set!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Industry will host an artists’ reception on set, inviting guests to see the installations up close.  Installations are on view to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 6:00pm, with guided tours hourly during the run of the production.  Collaborating visual artists include Mason Cooley, Brianna Gorton, Katie Grinnan, Alice Konitz, Jeff Kopp and Olga Koumoundouros – all members of the vibrant Los Angeles art scene.

This city wasn’t built in a day, follow the amazing transformation of our warehouse AT1 into Crescent City

More Info
- Website – www.TheIndustryLA.org
- Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Industry/124606140952622
- Twitter – @TheIndustry_LA
- YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/TheindustryArts
- Tickets www.TheIndustryLA.org (sales start 4/1/12)

With a gala opening of the opera on Thursday, May 10, 2012, Crescent City will run for three weeks, Thursdays through Sundays, closing on May 27, 2012.   All performances begin at 8:00pm.  Ticket prices range from $25 to $100 and will be available www.TheIndustryLA.org .  Performances are suitable for audience members 12-years-old or older.

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