One-night only, mixed-medium immersive performance. An intimate and unique evening of live opera, dance and art in the historical lieu in the Upper East Side, curated by Roya Sachs in collaboration with Astrid de Maismont, Gertrude.
My responsibilities included designing the set according to the creative director’s vision, choosing the correct lighting fixtures and their placements and creating lighting cues for the show and running it live.
Renowned composer Doug Balliett created a brand new stunningly melodic piece exclusively for the event, based around Freud’s dream-based theories. Opera’s rising bass star Davone Tines sang, accompanied by the Philharmonic’s Ashley Jackson on the harp. Alongside them, New York City Ballet dancer Sean Suozzi performed a unique dance. This coincided with a live art performance by abstract painter Chris Willcox. The salon was the first and last time the piece was ever performed - essentially going against the classical immortal tide of operas and music, and giving it a very raw start and end, much like a dance and the performance of an artist. Please turn the sound on to experience a sample of the music as the video below plays.