September 15, 2018 | Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt Univesity
Orson Rehearsed
Composer:Daron Aric Hagen
Librettist:Daron Hagen
Synopsis
Likening the dramaturgy to the dealing of cards in a magic trick, each character in an iteration of the piece (it can vary from none to six, plus chorus) is dealt one solo aria; opening and closing ensembles for everyone are pre-dealt. Everything else unfolds from decisions made on the fly, in performance. The work can last as few as 60 and as long as 240 minutes, depending on how many impromptu cards are dealt between the pre-dealt cards. If one does the math, then—assuming an aria or ensemble lasts from between 3-5 minutes—that percentage of the total duration of that iteration is predetermined. The work has everything in it, including spoken language—electro-acoustic soundscapes, instrumentalists singing, everyone creating non-verbal vocalizations, improvisations based on pre-determined “rules of engagement” that vary from one “card” to the next.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
70 mins.

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Post-genre

Vocal & Musical Forces
Variable (May be performed with from 1-6 principles, and with or wothout chorus; acoustic ensemble intermeshes with pre-recorded score, and may be enlarged and contracted.


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