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The Euphoria of Walt Whitman and Hallucinations at the EXPLORATORIUM MUSEUM


JULY 6th-The Exploratorium for AFTER DARK! 
*Live OPERA, Cello and Multimedia Performance
The Euphoria of Walt Whitman and Hallucinations
With Facing West Shadow Opera
8:30 p.m.
Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery, Kanbar Forum
The Euphoria of Walt Whitman-A dense and holistic visual landscape made from projected video, animation, and shadow theater is paired with live operatic voice and cello in The Euphoria of Walt Whitman, a handcrafted, multisensory production exploring Whitman’s obsession with the traveling operas of the Wild West in the Gold Rush era.
Hallucinations-Hallucinations is an experimental film featuring puppets, objects, and cut paper animating a live performance of Mirabai Songs (1982) by new music composer John Harbison. Inspired by the legendary sixteenth-century poet and street performer from Rajasthan, India, the piece evokes Mirabai’s escape from death and devotion to Krishna expressed in dance, poetry, and song.
https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark/7-6-2017#presentations

7/6/17 performance cast: 
Shauna Fallihee-Soprano Soloist- Hallucinations and The Euphoria of Walt Whitman.
Adam Young-Cello, The Euphoria of Walt Whitman.
Caryl Kientz-Theatrical Director, The Euphoria of Walt Whitman.
Vivian Le, Obadiah Hampton, Lisa Van Wambeck, Caryl Kientz and Lydia Greer:
Artists/Ensemble-The Euphoria of Walt Whitman.

FWSO-
Lydia Greer- Artistic Director
Caryl Kientz-Theatrical Director 
*William Sauerland-Countertenor and Musical Director/Arrangement.
*not present for this performance. 

LIVE ANIMATION AND OPERA! MAY 13: JEREMY ROURKE + TOMMY BECKER + LYDIA GREER in OPTRON3:TOONS~TUNES~TONES


LIVE EXTENDED CINEMA!
Facing West Shadow Opera’s Lydia Greer debuts a new animation, her 10-min. Hallucinations, accompanied by soprano soloist Shauna Fallihee based on John Harbison's Mirabai song cycle. follow my progress here: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/lydiagreer/​
Details: MAY13: JEREMY ROURKE + TOMMY BECKER + LYDIA GREER at Other Cinema at Artists' Television Access 
Our 3rd LIVE CINEMA show unveils a brave new genre in the making! In I’ll Be AroundRourke carts out his ongoing stop-motion chronicle of our very own venue, ATA GalleryJeremy integrates animated Valencia-address vignettes into an irresistible litany of his live soundtracks…and stage antics! AND local light Tommy Becker brings in his own set of eye-popping performance cinema: The world premiere of his Flower Shop suite is powered by Tommy’s own voice, keyboards, and video graphics, towards a probing of the poetic symbolism of the flower (complete with 16mm instructionals!). Facing West Shadow Opera’s Lydia Greer also debuts a new animation, her 10-min. Hallucinations, accompanied by soprano soloist Shauna Fallihee. Peppering this party of pixilated pics and animated lips are thematic trix from Len LyeSteve Woloshen, and the Mirror Man…and slo-mo Larynx action!*$8.8

Facing West Shadow Opera @ THE BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY


Facing West Shadow Opera @ the beautiful Central Branch Berkeley Public Library 
March 25, 2017 - 3:00pm-4:00pm 
Join us in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room for Facing West Shadow Opera's production of "The Euphoria of Walt Whitman," a live Baroque puppet opera exploring queer poet Walt Whitman’s obsession with the traveling operas of the Wild West, phrenology, and the gold rush era. Shadow puppets are accompanied by live music written by Purcell, Monteverdi, Caccini, George Crumb and improvisation 
 
Facing West Shadow Opera hybridizes art forms to create unique performances, each akin to a live graphic novel with euphoria-inducing chamber music. Facing West Shadow Opera is a collective of artists, puppeteers, filmmakers and musicians hybridizing art forms to create magical acts of rebellion as small scale experimental art that is sustainable in the current gold rush climate of the Bay Area. FWSO combines analog shadow theatre with original animation, video projection of found footage and Baroque Opera performed live. FWSO depicts stories drawn from the cultural, political, and natural history of California and the American West, re-imagined with unique visual storytelling to create surprising experiences for the audience by seamlessly combining the old and the new. 

Multimedia Shadow Puppetry! After Dark: Extended Cinemas Thursday, March 2, 2017 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.


After Dark: Extended Cinemas
Thursday, March 2, 2017 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.
 
The warm glow of the projected image invites us to in-between worlds. During this cinematic celebration, now an annual favorite, the passive act of watching turns to listening, peering, touching, and interacting as Exploratorium 
Cinema Arts takes over museum spaces to provide experiences—both on and off the screen—created by artists and filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond. I will be presenting Multimedia Shadow Puppetry!  
6:30–10:00 p.m. | Multimedia Shadow Puppetry with Lydia Greer
Drawing from the traditions of shadow-puppet theater, psychedelic light shows, and mixed media installation, Lydia Greer offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the visual layers and handcrafted details that merge in her work as Artistic Director of Facing West Shadow Opera.
More information here: 
https://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark/3-2-2017

THE EUPHORIA OF WALT WHITMAN @ SHAPESHIFTER'S CINEMA


November 13, 2016
8 to 9pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center in North Oakland.
Doors open at 7:30pm. Shows are free. Shapeshifters is curated byGilbert Guerrero and Kathleen Quillian.
Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly expanded cinema series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from sound artists, musicians and artists from other creative disciplines. 

Facing West Shadow Opera 
https://facingwestshadowtheatre.wordpress.com/
Facing West Shadow Opera is a collective of artists, puppeteers, filmmakers and musicians hybridizing art forms to create magical acts of rebellion as small scale experimental art that is sustainable in the current gold rush climate of the Bay Area. Currently we are performing a live Baroque puppet opera: THE EUPHORIA OF WALT WHITMAN exploring Queer Poet Walt Whitman’s obsession with the traveling operas of the Wild West and Gold Rush era. Part of the program will also include two shorts by FWSO Artistic Director Lydia Greer, Hysteria, a new short video, and an excerpt from her animation, A Self Made House.
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