As the thrill of LA PALOMA AT THE WALL starts to dissipate, our In Series collective brain is turning to THE TALE OF SERSE, the final show of this 2018-2019 r(E)volution! season, and one of which I’m particularly exciting. Among other things, this piece blends in a newly created narration formed from the poetry of Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, the worlds most popular poet. We we also form the announcement of our next season, and the way it articulates in practice the vision of our company, I thought how more appropriate to say it than Rumi. I imagine him here talking to all the legacy opera companies of the world:
“Tear down this house.
A hundred thousand new houses can be built from the transparent yellow carnelian buried beneath it, and the only way to get to that is to do the work of demolishing and then digging under the foundations.
With that value in hand all the new construction will be done without effort.
And anyway, sooner or later this house will fall on its own. The jewel treasure will be uncovered, but it won’t be yours then. The buried wealth is your pay for doing the demolition, the pick and shovel work.”
Well friends, the week has finally come – so fast after taking so long. This is the start of a long and hard tech week, the final push to get LA PALOMA AT THE WALL on stage. Making something that is actually new, meaning original in structure, form, content, and aspiration, is risky and thus scary. I’ll admit it’s an exciting scary. Believe it or not, this weekend we had the full cast for the first time, including the fantastic dancers from Corazon Folklorico DC. It’s thrilling to see this show come together in this way. Following that Saturday rehearsal we had a community fandango at Haydee’s Restaurant in Mount Pleasant. In Series regulars, son jarocho aficionados, and local residents mixed while making music and dancing. It was the last bit of relaxation before this week began. And begin it did indeed yesterday with the first instrumental ensemble rehearsal. We have approximated a traditional son jarocho ensemble which consists of jarana (a Mexican folk guitar), harp, double bass, and violin, complemented by piano, percussion, and electric guitar. It’s an ensemble instruments we don’t usually get a chance to work with at the In Series so the process is both exciting and very gratifying. Don’t miss a chance to see this show – a one of a kind original.
Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Mondragon sings the opening sequence “Si Me Llagara” from LA PALOMA AT THE WALL
Hear In Series soprano Mi Rojas sing and talk about Cielito Lindo from the new production LA PALOMA AT THE WALL.