Previews presented by:Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC
KWAIDAN, the Multimedia-Dance-Cine-Horror-Opera-Installation, is a journey into the void: lost, neon-lit and with a fully realized psychological-horror-thriller aesthetic. The libretto derives from ancient Japanese horror stories collected and translated by Lafcadio Hearn. Through a cross-pollination of live performance, cinema, architecture, music and dance, KWAIDAN creates disorienting environments that reflect and trigger the foreignness that lies within. Housed in a 360˚ installation where audience and performers coexist on stage–the theater is turned inside out and transformed into a place for highly personal encounters with the singers, dancers and the expansive, surrounding cinematic video projections. The opera exists in a beautiful and delirious dimension, offering the lightning bolt of terror expected from cinema. Together, audiences and artists free-fall into our shared experience of uncertainty, fear, and pleasure of the unknown.
Composer Jerome Begin,
Installation artist, Chat Travieso.
Mezzo-Soprano: Lisa Komara, Baritone: David Giuliano,
Dancer: Carlye Eckert & Carl Henry Belizaire “Element”
Director of photography: Pamela Giaroli, & Darren Hoffman
Technical Director: William Fastenow