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OPERA THEATER PREMIERES REDDUST, COMPOSER MATHEW ROSEMBLUM’S “OPERA ELECTRONICA”

informance005edited.jpg Peter Kope, Kristin McClintock-LeBeau and Jeff Davis of Attack Theatre dance to Mathew Rosenblum's music in front of Kurt Ralske's video scribbles. FEATURING PERFORMANCE BY ATTACK THEATRE AND VIDEO ART BY KURT RALSKE PITTSBURGH, PA (January 26, 2007)—Jonathan Eaton is no stranger to the world premiere, having staged the world premiere of several boundary-breaking operas in Pittsburgh during his tenure. Opera Theater takes it one step further as the 2006-2007 season comes to an exhilarating end with the world premiere of RedDust, an ‘opera electronica’ by Mathew Rosenblum, not only by premiering the work, but by having commissioned it with Sequitur Ensemble of New York. The opera features video art by Kurt Ralske and choreography and dance performance by Attack Theatre. Under the direction of Opera Theater Artistic Director Jonathan Eaton, the opera opens at the Andy Warhol Museum on Friday, May 18 and runs through Sunday, May 20. Tickets are available through ProArts, either by visiting www.proartstickets.org or calling 412-394-3353. Group discounts are available. Exploding the boundaries between traditional art forms, RedDust fuses the newest of acoustic and electronic music and video art with stunning dance and provocative drama. The opera tells the story of a Chinese writer in search of his characters, who finds inspiration in the world and words of Pittsburgh’s own Gertrude Stein. This new music drama is based on narratives from a traditional Chinese tale, Ts'ao Hsueh-ch'in's "The Story of a Stone," and Stein. Director Jonathan Eaton remarks, “RedDust is Opera Theater at our most adventurous. It concludes our Fusion Festival at the Warhol, with two major new American works exploring what happens when East meets West. RedDust is a truly avant-garde event.” Download the full press release as a pdf.

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