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Monday, August 11, 2008

Miniature Operas in Water

posted by on August 11 at 14:32 PM

This morning at 11:30, I was invited to a performance I couldn’t attend, but am still thinking about. Good thing there will be more of these public performances: Seattle composer Byron Au Yong has created 64 mini-operas to be performed by four opera singer/water-drummer duos, in fountains, reservoirs, pools, and lakes around Seattle and in in Auburn, Bellevue, Des Moines, Issaquah, Lake Forest Park, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Shoreline, and Snoqualmie over the next few weeks.

The series is called Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas, and more information about the specifics is here.

The idea reminds me of one of the classic works of contemporary Chinese art, from 1996: Song Dong’s majestic exercise in futility, the Stamping the water performance, seen documented here.



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I think a series of pictures of himself pissing in an ocean it would have been more effective.

Posted by The CHZA | August 11, 2008 3:28 PM

I'd rather see a farewell opera written to Lauren Briel, who's moving to Vancouver BC to work for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Something along the lines of "Study in contrast: Ocean and Mountains at play with the Snow".

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 11, 2008 4:10 PM

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