What: Tueurs en Série – a new soundpainting opera
When: April 18, 19 & 20, 8pm
Where: Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $20, http://irondale.org/sound-painting.html

Brooklyn, NY: Irondale presents Tueurs en Série, a new opera composed in real time using the Soundpainting live composing sign language incorporating imagery and sound inspired by the acts of serial killers. This unique piece, a new collaboration of The Walter Thompson Orchestra and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (Tours, France), unfolds in an impressionistic non-linear fashion. The opera will be Soundpainted live by Walter Thompson and Angelique Cormier.

The imagery, music and text for Tueurs en Série are inspired by Thompson’s and Cormier’s research about famous serial killers like Ted Bundy, The Black Widow and Jack the Ripper, among others. Tueurs en Série does not pronounce a judgment or document crimes, but is an abstract allegory, a creative point of view that invites the audience to imagine what take place in the mind of a serial killer.

Each performance of the opera will be unique complemented by several constant components–libretto, music, choreography, costumes, props and lighting woven together by Soundpainters Thompson and Cormier.

Tours Soundpainting Orchestra:

Angelique Cormier, Soundpainter / Madeline Ardouin, Violin+Voice / Maud Beraudy, Actress+Clown / Linda Bocquel, Actress+Visual Art / Dominique Chanteloup, Drums / Benjamin Chapelot, Actor / Gaëtan Coutable, Violin+Voice / Jacqueline Devaux, Saxophone / Amandine Gravier, Actress / Sylvie Lasalle, Voice / Guillaume Le Baube, Photographer / Thoma Lesigne , Bass / Anne-Laure Renard, Dancer / Cecilia Ribault, Dancer / Muriel Richard, Singer / Juliette Rillard, Voice / Sylvain Roudier, Saxophone / David Simon, Guitar / Amélie Thouin, Voice

About Walter Thompson

Walter Thompson – Soundpainter, Woodwinds, Percussion, and Educator Thompson conceived the Soundpainting language in Woodstock, New York, in the early 1970s. To date, Thompson has developed Soundpainting into a multidisciplinary live composing sign language comprising more than 1200 gestures. Thompson has composed Soundpaintings with many multidisciplinary and contemporary orchestras in many cities, including Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Paris, Bordeaux, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Oslo, Berlin, Bergen, Lucerne, Copenhagen, and Reykjavik, among others. He has taught Soundpainting at the Paris Conservatoire; Eastman School of Music; Columbia University, Iceland Academy of the Arts; University of Michigan; Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway; University of Iowa; Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music; and New York University, among many others. Thompson is founder of and Soundpainter for The Walter Thompson Orchestra based in New York City.

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