Tuesday, February 3 2015

7:00 PM-9:00 PM


It’s the 21st century, and time to re-invent opera, but in a way that’s more fun, less pretentious, and a little messed up.

Made possible by the Knight Foundation, MelanchoLalaland™—with music by composer and Florida Atlantic University professor Joey Bargsten and libretto by writer Thea Zimmer—accomplishes this by fusing traditional elements of opera, theater, and dance with new and experimental visual media forms, all set to an electronic music score. MelanchoLalaland™ tells the dark tragi-comic story of three artist/engineers who design mind-altering experiences, enhanced by self-pleasuring technologies and a variety of brain chemicals. They deal with disgruntled employees, corporate takeovers, dissatisfied girlfriends, and cheesy space-aliens.



Concept / Choreography: Pioneer Winter
Excerpt by Pioneer Winter in collaboration with Santo Martin Cordero
Music: Christoph Willibald Glück, “Che farò senza Euridice?”

A Knight Foundation awardee, A Proper Marriage is a speculative live performance piece that explores the perceived co-dependence of music and movement, especially live music with dance – who has the power? The performance overlays a film, which was created in collaboration with Indie Film Club Miami, exploring the eye movement of jazz musicians.

Pioneer Winter is a Miami-native choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker of Pioneer Winter / Collective. He is co-director of RIFT Blackbox and the curator of transmedia performances for FilmGate Interactive Media Conference. Winter also directs Project LEAP (Living Equality through Arts and Performance), a free dance and creative communication program for LGBTQ teens that focuses on teaching how to use the arts for activism and social change. He was recently awarded the 2014-2015 Miami Choreographer’s Fellowship, and is on faculty of the FIU Honors College. His project Grass Stains was also recently awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant.


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