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By Darcy James Argue and Danijel Zezelj
In a future Brooklyn, a tower is being built-the tallest in the world. All it needs is a carousel on top, spinning over the city below. Conjuring the seductive majesty of Fritz Lang's Metropolis and the gritty social narrative of Walker Evans' photography, acclaimed graphic artist Danijel Zezelj joins forces with Grammy-nominated composer Darcy James Argue and his steampunk-jazz big band Secret Society to tell this story of extravagance and urban ambition. The result is a feast for the senses: Zezelj paints live onstage alongside his own projected animation as Secret Society scores the rise of this dystopian city.
Music by Darcy James Argue
Animation and Live Painting by Danijel Zezelj
Featuring Secret Society
Video and Projection Design by Jim Findlay
Costume Design by Paloma Young
Commissioned by BAM for the 2011 Next Wave Festival