JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE OF DARKLING
Buy a CD at a great discount and get a FREE DRINK. Refreshments will be free. CD Artists will perform excerpts from DARKLING.
From a book-length poem to a multi-media experimental opera to its current incarnation as a CD, DARKLING gives a haunting portrayal of emotion, terror, and incalculable loss. DARKLING movingly evokes the memory of the Holocaust as well as the human cost of man-made and natural cataclysmic events.
Spanning the decades from the 1930’s to the post-World War II period, Darkling is a remarkable story – both poignant and humorous – of love, loss, calamity and hope. Past and present blur, characters are swept along by the great forces of history and lives are bowed and buffeted in this uniquely moving and captivating work. “Brave and sensitive” (The New York Times), Darkling uses opera, spoken word, avant-garde theatre, vaudeville and cutting edge technology to create “an unlikely collaboration of Wagner, Sally Bowles and Steven Spielberg” (Time Out/New York). This dramatic tour-de-force views history not from a grand geo-political perspective but from the insightful, intimate outlook of a poet whose ordinary Polish-Jewish family is unexpectedly affected by extraordinary events of the Holocaust.
In 2006, DARKLING: The Poem, a book-length acrostic sequence poem of accretion, fragmented self and culture, was lifted off the page. American Opera Projects presented the world premiere of DARKLING, to great critical acclaim (New York Times, Time Out, Opera Now, Opera Today), followed by a three week Off-Broadway run at the 13th St. Theater in NYC. The touring concert version of Darkling was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX 2007. Darkling also toured Europe with performances in Berlin, Germany and Poland. Excerpts from this “new form of theater” were performed at the Guggenheim Museum Works and Process Series in NYC, and a semi-staged concert version was performed at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaxt1uQcOOM
Stefan Weisman is a composer living in New York City. His music in Darkling was described by Anthony Tommasini (The New York Times) as “personal, moody and skillfully wrought.” His one-act opera Fade, commissioned by the British opera company Second Movement, premiered in London in 2008 and also had successful productions in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Brooklyn. His commissioned work for the Bang on a Can All Stars was mentioned in the New York Times’ retrospective of 2007’s best new music. Upcoming projects include a new chamber work for eighth blackbird, and a multimedia family opera, The Scarlet Ibis, which is being developed by the HERE Arts Center and American Opera Projects. For more information, visit his website: www.stefanweisman.com
A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Anna Rabinowitz has published four volumes of poetry: Present Tense, The Wanton Sublime: A Florilegium of Whethers and Wonders, Darkling: A Poem, and At the Site of Inside Out. She has published widely in literary journals and anthologies. She has also written the libretto for The Wanton Sublime, a monodrama with original music by Tarik O’Regan. Darkling excerpts have been performed in many venues, and a full-length production ran for three weeks Off-Broadway. A semi-staged concert version traveled to Europe. Darkling’s latest incarnations are a CD from Albany Records, and a bi-lingual German-English translation from Luxbooks, Weisbaden, Germany.For more information, visit her website: www.annarabinowitz.com