A House in Bali
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Opened Oct 14, 2010
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
An iconoclastic composer, an encounter with a secluded island, and a discovery set to the effervescent strains of Balinese gamelan music are the subjects of A House in Bali, a bold new opera by Evan Ziporyn and directed by Jay Scheib. Based on the memoirs of trailblazing composer Colin McPhee, A House in Bali re-imagines the true story of one man's sojourn to Bali through the contemporary lens of our globalized present. The sounds of a 16-member Balinese gamelan orchestra--deftly paired with the pulsating post-minimalism of the Bang on a Can All-Stars--fill the air as McPhee immerses himself in the island's culture, conferring with fellow émigrés anthropologist Margaret Mead and painter Walter Spies. Engrossing images from 1930s Bali--many taken by Mead herself--merge with live video, mesmerizing music, and traditional Balinese art forms to tell of one man's musical enlightenment, and the cultural awakening it inspired.
30 Lafayette Ave
New York, NY 11217
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