Oceanic Verses by Paola Prestini
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Paola Prestini's Oceanic Verses is a series of tableaux, each of which depicts a different cultural ritual from small towns on the Adriatic shore. Each tableau explores different and contrasting roles of women, such as the martyr, courtesan, nurturer and ruler. Ms. Prestini collected field recordings of Italian folk music and her score interweaves these collected folk melodies with folksongs she herself composed. Ms. Prestini's collected recordings serve as electronic resonances throughout the prodcution. The cast includes soprano Hila Plitmann, dramatic vocalist Helga Davis, Italian folk singer Claudio Prima and baritone Christopher Burchett.