Creative Team

Composer

DU YUN

Librettist

ROYCE VAVREK

Director

MICHAEL JOSEPH McQUILKEN

Music Director

JULIAN WACHNER

Scenic and lighting design

MARUTI EVANS

Projection design

MICHAEL JOSEPH McQUILKEN

Based on original projections by

HANNAH WASILESKI

Costume design

KATE FRY

Choreography

JENNIFER NEWMAN

Featuring

KYLE BIELFIELD, ABIGAIL FISCHER, ROSIE K, KYLE PFORTMILLER

DU YUN

ROYCE VAVREK

MICHAEL JOSEPH McQUILKEN

JULIAN WACHNER

About

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Angel’s Bone follows the plight of two fallen angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights finds them far from heaven. They are found battered and bruised by a man and his wife, known only as Mr. and Mrs. X.E., who have longed for a better life than their modest middle-class status. Nevertheless, Mr. and Mrs. X.E. set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails… then lock them in a room, leaving them a claw foot bathtub for a shared bed, and decide to exploit these magical beings for wealth and personal gains.

Angel’s Bone melds chamber music, theatre, pop music, spoken word, opera, cabaret, and electronics, exploring the dark effects and motivations behind modern-day slavery and the trafficking industry.

Support

Originally commissioned by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia

Completion co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. Angel’s Bone premiered at PROTOTYPE 2016 and was produced in association with Trinity Wall Street.

Tour supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

 

PERFORMANCES

Beijing Music Festival

LA Opera – The Broad Stage

Press

“Intriguing in its mix of musical styles and its fantasy.”

The Wall Street Journal

“…cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice…”

The New York Times

“An opera about human trafficking which seamlessly merges medieval polyphony, indie rock, and even a bit of Darmstadtian modernism.”

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