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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested.
Bus Stop Opera
NPR story, May 2009:
NY Times story, May 2009:
NY Daily News, May 2009:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 2009: