Auksalaq World Premiere
October 29, 2012
A climate change opera made personal by musicians, artists, scientists, and writers.
World premiere with high bandwidth Internet connecting venues in New York, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Canada, Norway, Alaska, and Virginia.
Audience members are invited to bring their laptop computers, iPhones, iPads and others to the performance in order to participate in the narrative of the opera.
October 29, 2012, 5pm
General Admission $10
IUPUI Campus Center Theater
420 University Blvd
For more info 317-274-4000
The world premiere for the award-winning telematic opera Auksalaq will take place on October 29th, to be performed simultaneously between venues in Washington DC; New York; Fairbanks, Alaska; Indianapolis Indiana, Montreal Quebec; Bergen, Norway, and University of Virginia.
Auksalaq, the Inupiat word for “melting snow/ice”, provides an in-depth journey into the vast and remote, yet rapidly changing arctic regions of Alaska and Canada. Created by composer Matthew Burtner and producer Scott Deal, the work integrates artistic expression, scientific information, and social/political commentary into an interactive, multi-dimensional collection of narratives that provide a stirring and sobering commentary on a world that is rapidly changing as a result of global climate change.
Performance venues will include the Phillips Collection, Washington DC, Lu Magnus Gallery, New York; University of Alaska Museum of the North, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, McGill University, Montreal; and the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, Norway. Performers and will include Bit20 (Norway), UT Knox Ensemble (USA), McGill Percussion Ensemble (Canada), EcoSono Ensemble (USA), and Telematic Collective (USA).
The narrative of Auksalaq incorporates fragmented and conflicting perspectives about the state of climate change as experienced in Alaska and the Arctic. These accounts, portrayed in the form of a scientific commentary and interviews with people of the region, are woven into a story about change in the far north. The music expresses interlocking environmental forces as eco-musical forms, expressing the profound changes in the ice-flows of Arctic waters. The media presents vivid imagery of Arctic land, sea and sky, as well as scientific data and animation. An interactive audience-participation software called NOMADS enables engagement with the performance in real-time across all the stages. Audience members are encouraged to attend the concert with their mobile devices in order to participate. In October 2011, Internet2, the nation’s most advanced networking consortium, presented the Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Award to Scott Deal and Matthew Burtner for their creation of Auksalaq, which was described as the single best and most important realization of meaningful opera for today’s world”.
In Indiana, the performance will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center Theater, 420 University Blvd. and will begin at 5 PM.
For more information regarding Auksalaq, visit http://auksalaq.org/