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two performers holding megaphones on stage in The Force of Things

The Force of Things

An Opera for Objects
April 05

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Experience a sonic installation that quivers with the impact of climate change on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Enter an altered sense of time and space in this sensory experience created by acclaimed composer and Dartmouth faculty member Ash Fure in collaboration with her architect brother Adam Fure and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Stroll among suspended iridescent sculptural elements (glaciers, stalactites?) shifting to sounds too low for humans to hear, while performers add rattles, vocalizations and instrumental sounds. See on the Hop's Moore stage the work that rocked Lincoln Center's 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival.

Called "raw, elemental," and "richly satisfying" by the New York Times, Fure's work in composition and installations explores the kinetic source of sound. A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music, her enthralling compositions have been commissioned by ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Klangforum. Hired by Dartmouth's Department of Music in 2015 to help create a new curriculum focused on sonic arts, Fure told Red Bull Music Academy Daily, "The running mantra that I keep going back to in that course is 'Fly your auditory freak flag.' I try to get [students] to allow themselves to be weirder than they think they are, and to be turned on by stranger things than they might consider as part of their musical identity."

Funded in part by The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy & Society

“Staggeringly original …. the most purely visceral music-theatre outing of the year”

The New Yorker

“An ominous elegance that speaks to Ms. Fure’s command of her art. … as a ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ for the Anthropocene, it is singularly effective.”

New York Times

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October 23, 2017: New Yorker magazine music critic Alex Ross reviews "The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects."

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