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Lightning at our feet

Dec 9—Dec 13, 2008
RUN TIME: Approx 1hr 30min, no intermission
December 2008
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Tuesday December 09, 2008
Performances no longer available.
Part of

Michael Gordon / Ridge Theater

"...a combination of artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness."
—The New York Times

In writing rich with wonder and fierce with longing, Emily Dickinson created a new American landscape of the interior, describing a world that finds exhilarating new life in Lightning at our feet, a new song cycle by composer Michael Gordon and Ridge Theater (Decasia, 2001). Bob McGrath directs and Daniel Zippi provides dramaturgy in this evocative, multimedia production steeped in the spirit of one of America's most visionary artists.

Using voice, amplified strings, piano, electronics, and percussion, four women-Jennifer Charles, Leah Coloff, Courtney Orlando, and Bora Yoon-reveal the poet's humanity in hard-driving songs about immortality and love. As haunting video projections by Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder flicker in the background like half-retrieved memories, Gordon's hypnotic songs roll on, nudging us ever closer to the essence of Dickinson's incomparable poems.

Music composed by Michael Gordon
From the writing of Emily Dickinson
Films by Bill Morrison
Projections by Laurie Olinder
Dramaturgy by Daniel Zippi
Directed by Bob McGrath

With Jennifer Charles (voice), Leah Coloff (cello, voice), Courtney Orlando (piano, violin, voice), Bora Yoon (guitar, viola, percussion, electronics, voice)

Music Direction by Ted Hearne
Set Design by Jim Findlay
Costume Design by Ruth Pongstaphone
Lighting Design by John Ambrosone
Sound Design by Jamie McElhinney

Musical arrangements by Michael Gordon in collaboration with Jennifer Charles, Leah Coloff, Ted Hearne, Courtney Orlando, & Bora Yoon

Commissioned by Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, and BAM for the 2008 Next Wave Festival.