Steven K. Takasugi: Sideshow for ensemble and electronics (2008-15) (GP)
Totally genre-bending, Steven Kazuo Takasugi’s Sideshow – premiered in Bludenz/Austria in November 2015 – is based on the dark sideshows of Coney Island’s amusement parks in the early part of the 20th century. Sideshow is a meditation on virtuosity, freak shows, entertainment, spectacle, business, and the sacrifices one makes to survive in the world. A cycle of six aphorisms by the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus (1874-1936) is embedded as a subtext running through the work. The piece is comical, saddening, and nightmarish at times and draws on a universal sense of humanity and emotion, inviting audiences of all backgrounds and experiences for a sense of understanding and ownership.
This engagement is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.