The Program

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.


Related event:


Composers' Forum

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



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International Contemporary Ensemble

The Force of Things

An Opera for Objects

(New York premiere)

Monday, August 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Brooklyn

Experience the Mostly Mozart Festival in Brooklyn.
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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

Please note that comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended as the audience will be standing or seated on boxes without backs during the performance. Audience members will be required to check their belongings, including bags and any other large items. If you require an accommodation due to a disability, please contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.

Performance Details

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