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How do we bear witness to a thing our bodies seem built to ignore? In Ashley Fure’s immersive music-theater piece, created with her architect brother Adam Fure and the International Contemporary Ensemble, 24 subwoofer speakers emit sound too low for humans to hear, creating a subsonic sense of ecological anxiety that ripples around the audience. Under a dense canopy of sculpted matter, tones are “made tactile, objects made audible, noise made beautiful” (New York Times). Drama is steered away from the human, time is stretched to a geologic scale, and seven live performers act as wordless harbingers of a consciousness not limited to the living.
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Thursday, August 2, 6:00–6:45 pm
Bruno Walter Auditorium, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
“One of the finest young composers around.”– New York Times on Ashley Fure
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Brooklyn
International Contemporary Ensemble
Ashley Fure, composer and co-director
Adam Fure, architectural design
César Alvarez, co-director
Lucy Dhegrae and Lisa E. Harris, voice
Ross Karre, percussion and producer
Levy Lorenzo, percussion and engineer
Nick Houfek, lighting
Lilleth Glimcher, associate director
American premiere of The Force of Things: Alexander Kasser Theater, Peak Performances @ Montclair State University (NJ)
Co-produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University
The Force of Things is made possible by generous commitments from the International Contemporary Ensemble: First Page Program, University of Michigan Office of Research, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Dartmouth College Provost’s Office Seed Funding Program, the office of the president at Dartmouth College, the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Miller Theater 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 the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.
The 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of The Force of Things is made possible in part by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust