June 07 - June 09, 2019
La MaMa Galleria | 47 Great Jones St.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 8PM
$15 Tickets (+$1 Facility Fee)
An opera by Dirty Churches
Composed by Jesse Gelaznik
Costumes and Art Direction by Rachel Blackwell
Libretto by Heather Green (soprano), Daniel Garcia
Choreography by Alexandra Jacob and Constantine Alexis
La MaMa Galleria is proud to present ERA OF GOOD FEELINGS, a new opera from Dirty Churches. Pulling from the depths of their collective imaginations, Dirty Churches has conjured an ethereal world composed of magical genies, witches, shape-shifting cockroaches, and exterminators, led by a tipsy narrator.
The libretto unfolds with two desperate characters both dealing with hardships in their lives. There is a tipsy street theater narrator (written by Daniel Garcia and played by Samantha Lore) who weaves through life’s worries with a balance of drunken introspection and sarcastic humor. While the other character, a dramatic soprano (written and performed by Heather Green) takes a journey through life’s mysteries to find her inner truth. Interspersed throughout their contrasting quests are mesmerizing dance sequences performed by Alexandra Jacob, co-choreographed by her partner Constantine Alexis.
Jesse Gelaznik combines electronic textures with his unique score for soprano, flute, sax, violin and cello with the hypnotic tones of H. Leon Harris’s multiple autoharps and 4 track samples. Combined they articulate a vivid and surreal live soundtrack to the situations surrounding our protagonists. Rachel Blackwell has created living sculptures, which creep under a looming mix of existential terror and freak show whimsy. An absurdist spectacle of music, dance and experimental theater, EAR OF GOOD FEELINGS extracts and distorts the drama of traditional operatic archetypes, ruminating on how we may challenge these classic tropes.