Designing Operabots

Alex McDowell, production designer for Death and the Powers, shared these notes with us detailing his experience working on the production design of Death and the Powers. We thought they were worth sharing. Thanks Alex! DEATH & THE POWERS - designing operabots Alex McDowell, March 9 2011 Death and the Powers was my first experience …

Karole Armitage interview and dancing robots

In this delightful interview, celebrated choreographer Karole Armitage discloses how she thought about choreographing the movements for each character in Death and the Powers, including the operabots. You'll gain an appreciation for how she makes each personality vivid and convincing through movement. We include new footage of the Prelude and Nicholas (Hal Cazalet) cavorting with …

Christian Science Monitor delves into Death and the Powers

There's an excellent article, "A thoroughly modern opera: Robots enter a new frontier,"  just out by writer Gregory Lamb in the Christian Science Monitor. Through his interviews with the creative team, Lamb helps to explicate the many layers of meaning in the technological wizardry of Death and the Powers. Lamb writes, "all this technology, some …

Preview: Scene 6 – The World Reacts

A new, stranger atmosphere: Miranda, Nicholas, and Evvy are apparently accustomed to it.  Evvy is now wearing headphones, swaying a little as if to music, nodding and tilting her head as though channeling Simon’s presence.  A delegation from the outside world—composed of The United Way, The United Nations, and The Administration—arrives and wishes to speak …

Tod Machover speaking in Chicago this week

The Chicago Opera Theater, which is presenting performances of Death and the Powers in April at Chicago's Harris Theater, has organized two panel discussions this week in Chicago with the opera's composer Tod Machover. Here's the scoop: Wednesday, March 2, 2011  4:00 p.m. ITW Classroom, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center 2133 Sheridan Road, Evanston …

Performing Arts Technologies in Death and the Powers

David Staples' article in the German periodical Bühnentechnische Rundschau has now appeared in an English translation. Staples is Managing Director of Theatre Projects, Ltd. the world’s most prominent firm for designing performing arts centers. Staples writes: "Machover has created a number of operas incorporating new technologies, Valis premiered at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in …