Revolution of Forms by Anthony Davis and Dafnis Prieto
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Anthony Davis and Dafnis Prieto's Revolution of Forms is loosely bassed on John Loomis' book Revolution of Forms, which examines the Escueleas Nacionales de Arte near Havana, Cuba. The production, a metaphor for the Cuban revolution, depicts Castro and Guevara commissioning architect Ricardo Porro to build art schools on the site of the Havana Country Club. The community builds the schools together, but the architecture proves too controversial. As a result, the schools are not finished and Porro is exiled. The vibrant score fuses Cuban dance forms with European classical music and American jazz. The cast includes tenor John Rodger, soprano Michelle Areyzaga, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Garcia, and baritone Ross Benoliel. The libretto is by Charles Koppelman and Alma Guillermoprieto.