ALIXANDRA GAGE ENGLUND
MATTHEW CHELLIS, PATRICK COOK, DANIELLE FREEMAN, DANIEL GUNDLACH, MEGAN LOOMIS, DAVID ADAM MOORE, JULIANA SNAPPER, MICHAEL TURAY and AMELIA WATKINS
An opera-theatre piece by composer Michael Webster and poet Eileen Myles, Hell premiered at Performance Space 122 in March 2006. Grounded in contemporary politics, this multimedia work takes Dante’s Inferno as a point of departure to explore free speech and the role of poetry in post-9/11 America. By returning poetry to a place of central importance in performance, Hell reminds audiences of the necessity of this unique art form in a democracy. At times beautiful, funny, and horrifying, this rich work reflects on war as a tragic alternative to communication in a highly relevant and timely avant-garde opera.
World Premiere at Performance Space 122 (PS122) in a BMP production, March 2006