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About

FACING WEST SHADOW OPERA is a collective of artists, filmmakers and musicians hybridizing art forms to create magical acts of rebellion as small scale experimental art that is sustainable in the current gold rush climate of the Bay Area. Currently we are working on a Baroque puppet opera about the wild west that includes projected video, animation and shadow theatre in a portable, modular theatre made from recycled wood combined with creative musical arrangement by a countertenor opera vocalist and cellist. 

Company bio: 

FACING WEST SHADOW OPERA is a collective of artists, filmmakers and musicians hybridizing art forms to create unique performances, each akin to a live graphic novel with euphoria-inducing live chamber music. FWSO combines analog shadow theatre with whimsical handmade animation, video projection, pop culture imagery and Baroque music. FWSO creates magical acts of rebellion with our modular and portable puppet stage by sustaining experimental art in the gold rush climate of the Bay Area. FWSO depicts stories drawn from the cultural, political, and natural history of California and the American West, re-imagined through queer and creative lenses to create unique and layered combinations of the old and the new.

CONTACT & BOOKING INQUIRIES: https://facingwestshadowtheatre.wordpress.com/contact-information/

UPCOMING & PAST PERFORMANCES: https://facingwestshadowtheatre.wordpress.com/upcoming-performances/

CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION: http://www.lydiagreer.com/about/-donate—

OUR CURRENT PROJECT: Facing West: A Shadow Theater Opera is a handcrafted, multisensory immersion into a key moment in the evolution of the American West. Modernizing traditional shadow puppet theater,Facing West merges visual techniques that range from projected video, animation, and shadow theater to create a dense and holistic visual landscape. Drawing inspiration from the book Walt Whitman and the Opera, Facing West explores Walt Whitman’s obsession with the traveling operas of the wild west and the gold rush era. Pairing its innovative visual elements with operatic voice and cello, the piece is a singular and immersive work that examines local history through a unique creative lens. (Text written by Kathleen Maguire curator in the Cinema Arts Department at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, CA)  http://www.exploratorium.edu/arts/cinema-arts

Artistic Director: Lydia Greer www.lydiagreer.com

Theatrical Director: Caryl Kientz

Musical Co-Director: William Sauerland (Operatic Vocalist-Countertenor)

Musical Co-Director: Adam Young (Instrumental-Cello)

Operatic Vocalist-Soprano: Shauna Fallihee

Our modular, portable, found wood puppet stage was designed and built by Oakland, CA based woodworker Drew Prober 

Artists/ Puppeteers/Ensemble: 

Kim Roudebush
Gabriela Teodora
Tara Ani Baghdassarian
Additional Animation: John Greer www.johnhundleygreer.com

Co-founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014 by visual artists Lydia Greer and Jessica Eastburn and opera vocalist William Sauerland.Jessica Eastburn, artist’s site:  www.jessicaeastburn.com  Lydia Greer, artist’s site: www.lydiagreer.com

William Sauerland, bio: http://lgcsf.org/staff/

Adam Young: cellist, bio: http://www.cellostreetquartet.com/#!member-bios/c1b5y

Photos by Quinn Peck

 

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