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Simulacrum

Legendary Republic, New York City
Presented by Path New Music Theater
2017 - 2018
Live Performance, Multimedia Opera

projection, madMapper, LEDs, JavaScript, p5.js/Three.js

 2017-2018, Legendary Republic, NY

2017-2018, Legendary Republic, NY

Path New Music Theater’s first production Simulacrum is an immersive multimedia opera combining contemporary music with interactive acting, live performance, wearable techniques, scenic design and contemporary dance. 

 

2018, official trailer, directed by Hanjie Bao

Simulacrum is a collaborative performance whose main character is struggling with the loss of her leg and the acceptance of a new prosthesis. It explores the fragile line between the organic and mechanic.
Can these disparate ends of a spectrum be blurred, brought closer together? This piece questions how we might reconcile the acceptance of the mechanical over the organic, the loss of the familiar for something foreign.

 
 
“The abstraction of one man’s production from another’s makes work more and more mechanical, until finally man is able to step aside and install machines in his place.”
— Hegel
 
 

The libretto is based on an original play titled Loved for parts by playwright Marianna Staroseklsky from Columbia University.
The play is structured in six scenes, each set to music by a different composer, a collaborative effort that runs together to create a single narrative. The text is fragmentary and obscures the space between memory and reality, as the main character struggles to remember herself as she current is and as she used to be. This production utilizes digital technique such as wearable technology that manipulates and controls projected videos, expressing the ambiguity between human and mechanical interaction.

 
 

Credits

Present: Path New Music Theater
Date: 2018, Spring
Guest Composer: Reiko Füting
Composer: Longfei Li, Meng Wang, Yangzhi Ma, Peter Kramer, James Diaz
Librettist: Marianna Staroselsky
Choreographer & Dancer: Evita Zacharioglou, Dante J. Norris
Visual Artist and Technician: Wenqi Li, Kylin Chen, Luqian Chen, Jingfei Lin