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Written and performed by Sō Percussion
In even the most forgotten corners and forsaken shadows, the
city seethes with life, splayed out in a symphony of sensations. In
Imaginary City, New York's powerhouse percussion ensemble
Sō Percussion immerses itself in everyday urban experiences,
offering a multifaceted meditation on American cities.
Inspired by Italo Calvino's ebullient descriptions of urban environments in his novel Invisible Cities, the four members of Sō Percussion-all extraordinary musicians and composers-join video artist Jenise Treuting and director Rinde Eckert to give voice to the evanescent beauty of the metropolis. Homespun sampling techniques harmonize with found objects cum instruments, illuminating the patterns of urban life and turning the concrete jungle into a cauldron of sensory experience.
Video by Jenise Treuting
Directed by Rinde Eckert
Lighting design by Aaron Copp
Sound design by Lawson White
Imaginary City was commissioned by BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival as part of a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project in consortium with The Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents in partnership with Diverseworks Art Space, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
Production Development at The Alexander Kasser Theater, Peak Performances @ Montclair State University