A one-woman, multi-media chamber opera, Miranda X5 is based around the idea of a murder-mystery play. By combining real-time video of the solo performer with digital effects, lighting, backgrounds and camera angles, the audience is able to see through the eyes of the five different murder suspects, and to experience their last interactions with Miranda, the murder victim. Composer Kamala Sankaram is the bandleader for the multi-media ensemble Squeezebox, as well as a coloratura soprano, accordionist, video artist, and general insomniac. She has collaborated with artists as diverse as The Wooster Group and the Philip Glass Ensemble. Water. It purifies. It cleanses. It nourishes. And like all other essential resources, it betrays. What do people do when the thing they most need is the thing they cannot trust? Through textures and tones in a fragmented, epic journey to the source" which is part installation, part narrative, Susan Smith Blackburn Award-winning playwright Sheila Callaghan, multimedia artist William Cusick, and director Daniella Topol (creators of the acclaimed New Georges production of Dead City) explore what it means to survive or to not survive or to exist in the space between. Miranda 5x and Water are presented as part of Culturemart 2008.