PAOLA PRESTINI, RINDE ECKERT & JULIAN CROUCH
BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS & ATTACCA QUARTET
A new music-theatre work, Aging Magician is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life.
Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, Aging Magician moves us along with Harold from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man’s vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage.
Aging Magician was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, VisionIntoArt, the Walker Art Center, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Developed with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, OPERA America Repertoire Development program (supported by The Opera Fund), the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and National Theater Project (with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). Residency support from Mass MoCA, the Park Avenue Armory, the PROTOTYPE Festival, and The Watermill Center Artist Residency Program. Additonal perfromances have included Balboa Theater presented by San Diego Opera.
"Poignant, entrancing...the rich artistic elements of “Aging Magician” come together powerfully."
“New York retains a remarkable cadre of composers... but chief among these is the singular figure of Paola Prestini.”
"...he finds vivifying parallels between the theological quest of one man and the theatrical quest to capture and illuminate life."
(Praise for Rinde Eckert)
"Julian Crouch is a mastermind..."
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