The Force of Things – An Opera for Objects

New York Premiere at the Mostly Mozart Festival

August 6–8, 2018

How do we bear witness to a thing our bodies seem built to ignore? In Ashley Fure’s immersive music-theater piece, created with her architect brother Adam Fure and the International Contemporary Ensemble, 24 subwoofer speakers emit sound too low for humans to hear, creating a subsonic sense of ecological anxiety that ripples around the audience.

Under a dense canopy of sculpted matter, tones are “made tactile, objects made audible, noise made beautiful” (New York Times). Drama is steered away from the human, time is stretched to a geologic scale, and seven live performers act as wordless harbingers of a consciousness not limited to the living.

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