The Force of Things
Ashley Fure: The Force of Things. An Opera for Objects (2015/16) (WP)
Alice Teyssier (Voice)
Lucy Dhegrae (Voice)
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Adam Fure (Scenography / Objects)
Monday, 1 August 2016 | 17:00, 19:00 and 21:00
The Force of Things is a music theater piece by American composer and Kranichstein Music Prize Winner 2014, Ashley Fure, and architect Adam Fure that explores the animate vitality of matter. Investigating entropy and the innate drama of natural phenomena, the piece stages a series of musico-dramatic events centered not on humans, but on objects.
Drawing from traditions of object theater and puppetry, The Force of Things combines live and electroacoustic music, architectural design, and theater to present a narrative radically decentered from the lives of humans. Audience members sit beneath a dense canopy of hanging things that transform through kinetic, sonic, and lighting effects as the piece unfolds. Staged inside a ring of live performed and projected sound, this 50-minute work positions itself at the experiential boundary between immersive installation and live performance. The New York based International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) – last time in 2010 guest in Darmstadt – will credit for the world premiere of this outstanding new piece by Ashley Fure.
The Force of Things is made possible by generous commitments from the International Contemporary Ensemble: OpenICE program, University of Michigan Office of Research, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Dartmouth College Provost's Office Seed Funding Program, Miller Theatre at Columbia University (NYC), and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD). This project was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from New Music USA project grants. With Friendly Support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.