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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

LA Opera's The Magic Flute

By Heather Toner

I've never actually been to the opera, but now that I'm currently spending my 9 to 5 in the same building as the brilliant LA Opera, I decided that needed to change.  

This weekend the boy and I are attending Falstaff, which I'm really looking forward to, but the opera I'm actually most itching to see is this new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.  

As you can see from the trailer above (seriously, watch it, it's amazing) this is a new inventive staging created by director Barrie Kosky in collaboration with the British comedy troupe 1927.  It blends live performing actors with film and animation to create a thrilling production that's part silent movie, part cartoon and part surreal.  I really hope I can snag a pair of tickets to this one as I think it may be the best suited opera for me than any other I've looked into attending!  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Myth & Infrastructure - The Fantastical work of Miwa Matreyek

By Heather Toner

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to artist Miwa Matreyek at an event through Emerging Arts Leaders / Los Angeles, and to say I was impressed with her work is an understatement.  This innovative artist creates animated short films as well as live performances that integrate animation and video installation.   The result is something that's wildly imaginative and beautifully fantastical.

Below is just an excerpt from her work "Myth & Infrastructure," but I think it will give you an idea of just how beautiful Miwa's work can be.  You can watch the piece in it's entirety here.  


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