Collaboration and Power

As part of Experiments in Opera’s recent production of The Nubian Word for Flowers at Roulette, I worked with director Mallory Catlett to start a new opera based on the writings of New Zealand Author Janet Frame.  This new work, ‘Rainbird’ represents something of a new direction for my work in theater.  Rather than writing my own libretto and setting it to music along the way, Mallory and I have been collaborating with each other and with several performers to make the piece moment by moment.  This process involves much more time and energy, but has so far led to a significantly different product.  The EiO Gab Bag published an interview between Mallory and I where we discuss our intentions around collaboration in general and this project in specific.   Read the full interview here.