TRUST IN THE YOU OF NOW: PART ONE
an original chamber opera composed by Robert Boston
Trust in the You of Now is a three part multi-media chamber opera. It is the story of two future astronauts stuck in a spaceship hovering above an unlivable earth that has been taken over by sentient robots, killing drones and a new post-nuclear species of frogs. It explores the meaning of creation and the effects of technological advancement on human society.
Trust in the You of Now is performed by a live eight-member orchestra and two female opera singers. A narration is delivered by of-stage voices, which are incorporated within the score and modern dancers perform movement and pantomime to communicate the stage action. The story follows an epic battle between two robots to control the lives of a frog civilization over several millennia. The songs are presented in the undecipherable languages of the robots and frogs respectively and translated by astronaut onlookers.
Each part of the three-part opera utilizes different mediums, shifting focus to reveal specific facets of the story. The first part, which is being presented by Theater for the New City and Ouroboros Co. for four performances this May, employs Giada Ferrone’s choreography to demonstrate the love affair of Willie Willie, a gifted frog, and Fictor, a popular sentient robot, whom encounter the rage of the killing drone robots that control their society.
Robert Boston (composer) Pianist and composer Robert Boston studied piano in Texas and Germany, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has broadened his musical explorations beyond classical and jazz, working with electronic music, theater, installations, and dance companies world wide. In New York, he has worked extensively with the Martha Graham Dance Company and with the Mark Morris Dance Group, where he is currently principal accompanist. He is also Music Director at Toscana Dance Hub where he teaches a music for dance program in Florence, Italy. His recent projects include recordings with The Core Trio (Houston), Wieland Möller Trio (Berlin), Virginia Plain (NYC), and Fono Luxe (NYC). www.robertboston.net
Kimberly Pau’s (director/librettist) plays have been produced and developed at HERE (In Memory), 45 Bleecker (Baby Plays the Banjo), Theater for the New City (Deactivated), The Gene Frankel Theatre (Bomb Shelter), Ensemble Studio Theatre (Long Island Bores Me), Blue Heron Arts Center (Casualty of Lovely), The Stella Adler Conservatory for Acting (Chew), Tisch School of the Arts: Department of Dramatic Writing (Casualty of Lovely) and Experimental Theatre Wing (Young Woman) and The Green Building (Deactivated). Kimberly’s work has been published by Smith & Kraus, Applause Books and on Indie Theater Now. She was named one of the Top Ten Off-Off Broadway Theatre Professionals of 2011 by reviewfix.com. Deactivated, finalist for Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers, semi-finalist for Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Baby Plays the Banjo: Outstanding Playwriting Award, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2012. Bomb Shelter: 8 Award Nominations, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2011 and finalist for the TrapDoor Ensemble Playwright Competition. An Estonian Play: finalist for the SPF Festival. Shithead, semi-finalist for Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Kimberly studied Dramatic Writing and Drama at Tisch School for the Arts at NYU and has developed work the International Experimental Theater Workshops in Amsterdam, the International Film & Television Workshops in Rockport, ME and with Ouroboros Co and the Play Development Collective in NYC. kimberlypau.com
Giada Ferrone (choreographer) has been manipulating dance as a performer, educator, choreographer and producer for the past 30 years. Her work today revolves around pedagogical research and interdisciplinary collaborations. Her credentials as a dance educator and choreographer span across Europe and the US; she has worked/collaborated with Hofstra University, Eliot Feld’s Public School for Dance, Gibney Dance Center, Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, The Aldous Theater, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Saint Mark’s Church, the Florence Dance Festival in Italy, Balettakademien in Sweden and SEAD in Austria. Ferrone created, choreographed and directed THE NUTCRACKER, A Contemporary Ballet, which performs every holiday season; she is the founder and artistic director of Toscana Dance HUB (a three-week dance and music intensive in Florence, Italy), and produces dance and music performances. Ferrone & Dancers is a contemporary dance company presenting work nationally and internationally since 2006. The movement esthetics have a strong base in classical ballet, require extreme physicality, improvisation abilities and strong emotional commitment. The company prides itself in its collaboration with polished, intelligent performers who possess a strong, independent voice and are constantly searching for new vocabulary of expression. Ferrone has taught ballet and partnering at Tisch School of The Arts since 2008. She has been a full-time member of the Faculty at NYU since 2013 and is currently serving as Tisch’s Second Avenue Dance Company co-director. www.ferronedancehub.com
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