Composer Marie Incontrera had a few minutes to speak about her new opera titled At The Other Side of The Earth. Subtitled “A Riot Girl Opera” (also nicknamed that), the piece has already been previewed this past May 18 at the LGBT Community Center (Read David Pearson’s review of it here: Marie Incontrera’s Riot Girl Opera (A First); ICIYL, 6/2/12)
The opera gets its first extended run at WOW Cafe Theater, opening on National Coming Out Day, October 11th (8 PM), and running until October 14th (3 PM), but before that, there is a fundraiser event being held on Wednesday, September 26th at Ginger’s Bar in Park Slope at 6 PM.
“At The Other Side of The Earth is a lesbian punk opera, and it’s a coming-out story set in an oppressive society modeled after Orwell’s 1984, so there’s a lot of dystopia in it.
I’ve been working with my teacher Fred Ho for about a year and a half now, and he encouraged me to start writing more risky works. My work, up until this point has been very safe. In the opera world, there’s very little opportunity for this stuff. So, I wrote the story about this coming out, and the stakes are raised because it’s a very dangerous society for this sort of thing. You have these two archetypal characters–You have Aurora, the main character who comes out and discovers herself. There’s also Layla, who’s the riot girl. There’s also ‘the man’, and he’s sort of this one-dimensional stereotypical character who is the oppressor–he’s the government, he’s the police, he’s everybody, and he comes in and makes it very hard for the girls to have their time and feel what they’re feeling. Layla is in strong opposition to the man, and it creates a lot of the tension throughout the story.”
Promo for At the Other Side Of The Earth
“The piece’s setting is sort of fuzzy, it could be anywhere at any time. Obviously, the riot girl movement happened already, but it could be 20 years from now, it could be the 1800s–It could happen in China or Texas, and that’s how I intended it.
It’s set like a chamber opera, but there’s a lot of popular musical themes in it. There’s jazz, there’s reggae, there’s punk–All these different influences that I hope come across.”
Please come on down to the party and fundraiser for Riot Girl Opera at Ginger’s Bar on September 26th! Donations are strongly urged, but while you are there, there’ll be many drinks, give-aways, and also a chance to meet Marie the composer and other people involved in the production.
Fundraiser for Riot Girl Opera
Wed, 9/26/12, 6-10 PM
363 5th Ave (Bet. 5th & 6th Sts)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
At The Other Side Of The Earth (A Riot Girl Opera; Premiere)
Thurs, Fri, Sat, 10/11-13/12, 8 PM
Sun, 10/14/12, 3 PM
WOW Cafe Theatre
59-61 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003