March 16th, 2010 | by BEN WATERHOUSE Arts & Books | Posted In: Classical

Coming Soon To A Bus Stop Near You: Opera!

Bus Stop Tenor

I've just received a request for "composers, vocalists, actors and musicians" to perform a Portland version of Dawn Weleski's Bus Stop Opera project. Say what? Weleski interviews public transit riders and draws from their conversations to create a short opera piece, which is then performed on public transit. Here's an NPR piece explaining the thing.

I can't decide whether I find the project fun or annoying or both; in any case, Portlanders will have the opportunity to decide May 14-17. Here's the press release.


CALL FOR COMPOSERS, VOCALISTS, ACTORS, AND MUSICIANS
TO PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC ART PERFORMANCE
ALONG PORTLAND AREA PUBLIC TRANSIT ROUTES
MAY 14-17, 2010

"Bus Stop Opera: Portland" is looking for composers, vocalists, actors and
musicians to participate in a musical performances along Portland public
transit routes.

Bus Stop Opera agitates the routine private space within public
transportation rides through conversation and transform the everyday
public space of bus stops around urban areas through operatic performance
of the same conversations. Collected conversations are composed into
libretto and score for ten to thirty minute operatic performances at
corresponding bus stops.

Public performances take place along city area transit routes, with found
audiences/participants. All cast and crew utilize public transit to travel
from one bus stop to the next at the completion of each opera and may
perform en route to next act or full performance.

"Bus Stop Opera: Portland" is part of an upcoming symposium that
concentrates on socially engaged art "Open Engagement: Making Things,
Making Things Better, Making Things Worse", May 14-17 in Portland, Oregon.

Please contact Dawn Weleski, dawnweleski@gmail.com, if interested.

Open Engagement
http://openengagement.info/

Bus Stop Opera
www.busstopopera.com

NPR story, May 2009:
http://bit.ly/10md4Z

NY Times story, May 2009:
http://nyti.ms/13jgeb

NY Daily News, May 2009:
http://bit.ly/UDTNv

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 2009:
http://bit.ly/98RU1v
 
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close