THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC
Immerses audiences into a rich sonic and visual world that imagines the music of the ship's orchestra after it submerges through a multimedia theatrical re-visioning of British composer Gavin Bryars’ 1969 score of the same name.
Incorporating new film and video elements and texts developed by New York’s acclaimed Ridge Theater, Titanic draws from documents relating to the life and legacy of legendary Philadelphia book collector and philanthropist Harry Elkins Widener. This new realization focuses on the passions of collectors, cultural memory and the tremendous humanistic legacy of Widener, who perished aboard the R.M.S. Titanic in 1912. It would have been his triumphant to America after hunting down his most coveted book, an exceedingly rare and elusive edition of Sir Francis Bacon’s Essays (1598).
The production will include a live electro-acoustic orchestral score, two actors, a full-length silent film, still projections and surround-sound design. Texts will be adapted from Bacon’s Essays and letters from the Widener archives at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
Music by Gavin Bryars
Production by Ridge Theater
Film by Bill Morrison
Projections by Laurie Olinder
Toby Twining, voice
Orchestra of the Boyer College of Music and Dance
Thaddeus Squire, conducting.
Directed by Bob McGrath
This realization of The Sinking of the Titanic was co-commissioned by Peregrine Arts and the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University with the generous support of the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by the University of the Arts. Additional funding was provided by the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and the Argosy Foundation
Event Time and Date:
Thu, 03/29/2007 7:30 PM
Gala party Fri, 03/29/2007
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