PR4 – 25Oct2012 Luminous Thread’s “Nuptials for the Dead” Adds Performance in Boulder
Luminous Thread’s “Nuptials for the Dead” Adds Performance in Boulder
Popular Demand for Daring Show Prompts Additional Performances
Oct 25, 2012 (Denver, COLO) – Luminous Thread, Denver’s newest opera-theatre company, has added a performance of its current production, Nuptials for the Dead, at the Dairy Center For the Arts in Boulder, with a performance on November 11 at 4:00 p.m. The Art Nouveau-styled Day of the Dead show is also scheduled to run at The Mercury Café on October 28 and The Oriental Theater on November 1.
Featuring German art song of the 19th century, period-themed costumes, bouffon, aerial arts, and dance, Nuptials for the Dead boasts professional performers living in the Denver and Boulder areas, including classically trained vocalists Elizabeth Bell, Craig Blackard, Ruth Brand, and Ruth Carver. Pianist Peter Roberts accompanies, with musical direction by veteran opera singer, choral conductor, and composer Andrew Adams.
Music for the show includes timeless favorites from Franz Schubert, including Die Forelle, Ave Maria, and An Die Musik; selections from Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder; plus songs from Brahms, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Fanny Mendelssohn.
The show was conceived and designed by area artist Mary Lin, who described the show as “a surreal and luminous ecosystem into which the audience can settle – in a state of heightened attention – to enjoy the music.
“It is not literal storytelling; more of a mining of archetypes, the way dreams do. Ghostly torsos shaped in white linen float in the air above young women in Edwardian bridal gowns that themselves look as if they’ve been left in the garden for a season,” she continued. “A woodland goddess draws back the moon as a bow to subdue a hunter who’s wandered into her wood. Haunting lines of a melody by Clara Schumann enfold a grotesque bouffon Marie Antoinette and her lover in a spell of unrequited longing.”
Producer Ben Sargent added that audiences should “…be prepared for wonder and strange catharsis as a ballerina becomes airborne, sculptures become garments, and multiple brides vie for the ring in a dreamlike wedding ceremony.” The show is appropriate for all ages, but especially for adults.
Denver tickets $15: http://luminousthread.eventbrite.com/
Boulder tickets $16: http://thedairy.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?lid=74354
For more information about The Mercury Café, see http://www.mercurycafe.com/
For more information about The Oriental Theater, see http://www.theorientaltheater.com
Photo attached. Photo credit: Mary Lin.
Luminous Thread Productions