Creative Team

Composer & Librettist

HUANG RUO

Director & Production Design

BASIL TWIST

Lighting Design

POE SAEGUSA

Featuring

ARS NOVA COPENHAGEN

Puppeteers

LUTE BREUER, BEN ELLING, ROSA ELLING, ALEXANDRA GOSS, RACHEL SCHAPIRA and ASHLEY WINKFIELD

Design Team

BASIL TWIST, DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN | POE SAEGUSA, LIGHTING DESIGNER | LYNNE BUCKSON, COSTUME CONSTRUCTION | JAMES BLAZKO, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | PAUL HILLIER, CHIEF CONDUCTOR/ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | MILES LALLEMANT, ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR | THOMAS KIØRBYE, MANAGER | JAKOB SKJOLDBORG, PRODUCER

Production Staff

JASON KAISER, STAGE MANAGER | BARBARA BUSACKINO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT TANDEM OTTER PRODUCTIONS | MADELINE APPLE HEALEY, SOPRANO 1 | ELENA WILLIAMSON, SOPRANO 2 | MARGARET CARPENTER HAIGH, SOPRANO 3 | MEG DUDLEY, ALTO 1 | PAMELA TERRY, ALTO 2 | CLIFTON MASSEY, ALTO 3 | NICK KARAGEORGIOU, TENOR 1 | JASON WEISINGER, TENOR 2 | DAVID VANDERWAL, TENOR 3 | THOMAS MCCARGAR, BASS 1/CHOIR MANAGER | JEFFREY GAVETT, BASS 2 | STEVEN HRYCELAK, BASS 3

Percussionists

MICHAEL MURPHY and RYAN SCOTT

HUANG RUO

BASIL TWIST

About

Book of Mountains & Seas is a work of vocal-theatre for 12 singers, two percussionists, and puppets. It is inspired by the ancient Chinese compilation of early myths of the same title, which was first transcribed in 4th century B.C. Over the years, these mythological stories have become part of Chinese written and oral history, shifted and reshaped to match contemporary times. Book of Mountains and Seas is a 21st-century adaptation through the lens of our modern-day relationship with the natural world. The creation stories conjure a sense of respect and awe for the environment and the water stories challenge us to be good stewards of the natural resources we have been given.

Support

This production is dedicated to Stuart Nelson.

Book of Mountains & Seas was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Ars Nova (Copenhagen), Moss Arts Center/ Virginia Tech, Toronto Soundstreams, Koorbiennale, and Hong Kong New Vision Festival, and Linda & Stuart Nelson.

Book of Mountains & Seas is made possible by the Jim Henson Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Additional commissioning support provided by the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Press

"one of the world's leading young composers"

The New Yorker

"No theatre artist in New York is showing more poetic force or technical skill than the puppeteer Basil Twist."

The New Yorker

"Meditative, innovative and interesting music flows captivatingly through the performance. The 12 singers of Ars Nova Copenhagen sings in Chinese and their performance is impressive; you really understand why the choir is known world wide”

Ascolta Opera Friends

“Book of Mountains and Seas succeeds in establishing a relation to the ancient myths which can still tell us about the world and how it is put together. It is an abstract but beautiful performance that makes us reflect on the vulnerability of our planet."

Ascolta Opera Friends

01 / 04

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