SET

SET

Yara Travieso and Jerome Begin
(World Premiere May 2011, New World Center, Miami Beach, Florida)
Video and Choreography: Yara Travieso
Music Composition: Jerome Begin
Music Performed by: Jerome Begin and Fellows of the New World Symphony
Dancers: Esmé Boyce, Giula Carotenuto, Carlye Eckert, Mannelich Minnifee, Christopher Ralph
Costumes: Fabiola Arias
Collaborating Artists: Darren Hoffman (Camera), Chat Travieso (architectural rendering), Ryan Hartley (Illustrator)

SET was presented by the New World Symphony, and honored at its closing performance by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. The piece was the first multidisciplinary work of its scale in the new Frank Gehry designed concert hall. Audience members can sit anywhere in the 360 degree performance space. Seven orchestral string instruments play, but through Begin’s live electronic manipulation produce electroacoustic sound that roars, bends, bounces and dissolves. The human voice is amplified via handheld microphone, warped and distorted, hovering on the edge of intelligibility. In conjunction, bodies create physical systems unpredictable in theory and action. Five performers create tense cinematic episodes, both live and projected on Gehry’s architectural “sails”, which become video screens floating above the stage. These videos play structural tension against the live theatrical tension of the elaborate choreographic systems.

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