A House In Bali: An Opera by Evan Ziporyn

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley
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The US premiere of A House in Bali, a new opera by Evan Ziporyn with libretto by Paul Schick based on a memoir by Colin McPhee. A House in Bali traces the roots of the west’s century-long infatuation with Bali, through the true story of three westerners – composer Colin McPhee, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and artist Walter Spies – during their 1930s sojourn in Bali. This stunning, multi-media spectacle brings together the finest ensembles of east and west: a 16-piece Balinese gamelan directed by the dynamic Dewa Ketut Alit, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Balinese choreography by the enchanting Kadek Dewi Aryani, wayang shadow puppets, and high-tech projections converge, pushing all boundaries of theatrical innovation.