THE BROAD STAGE
- By ARLENE WINNICK
REVEAL, a new series of digital artist residencies at The Broad Stage, takes theatre fans behind-the-scenes for a revealing, deep dive into the creative process. This month is a rare treat for fans of opera, classical and jazz with Iphigenia by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding, a new opera debased on the myth by Euripides. Jazz legend Shorter and bassist, songwriter, singer Spalding, two of the most visionary and revered musical voices of our time, have collaborated in bringing a modern operatic re-imaging of the infamous myth to life. Also notable, the set designer for the production is famed architect Frank Gehry.
In Greek mythology Agamemnon must sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia to appease the goddess Artemis. Iphigenia believes she is going to be married, not sacrificed, at the altar. Per spalding, “Our Iphigenia has at its core a sense of autonomy – in this adventure of life, you have freedom of choice.” Before the LA Premiere in 2022, REVEAL presents WSL, a longer super nova, a short documentary delving into the creative minds of jazz legend Shorter and spalding during intimate conversations filmed at Gehry’s eclectic home. This film will stream on two nights June 14 & 15. On June 21, a special broadcast of the 2021 River to River Festival kickoff concert celebrating Shorter’s work and music featuring spalding, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Leo Genovese will be available.
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