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Interactive Theater: Nabokov's The Waltz Invention


 

with The Brothers Balliett

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Interactive Theater: Nabokov's The Waltz Invention


 

with The Brothers Balliett

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

INTERACTIVE THEATER:
VLADIMIR NABOKOV'S THE WALTZ INVENTION

 

A performance-party where audience-members get to play a part in re-enacting Nabokov’s oddly prescient 1938 drama of a demagogue holding the world hostage, all set to live original incidental music.

 

Monday, September 25

Caveat / 21 Clinton Street / New York, NY
7:00pm (doors) / 7:30pm (event)

Tickets: $20 General / $10 Student


Vladimir Nabokov's chilling and oddly prescient tragicomedy The Waltz Invention tells the story of a political madman who holds a mythical country ransom with threats of a powerful weapon of mass destruction. In turns both disturbing and hilarious, the play presents a cast of eminently human characters who struggle with the question of how to behave when a dangerous demagogue takes control of the government.

For the first time, audiences have the chance to experience the power of Nabokov's writing by taking direct part in the action! The Brothers Balliett (twin brothers Brad and Doug) host this unique and innovative performance-party in which attendees take on the dramatic roles, reading parts with their fellow concert-goers alongside experienced actors.

How does this work?

By changing the cast with every scene and providing clarifying commentary and synopses, the Brothers will guide attendees into Nabokov's world by allowing the audience to become the actors — all set to newly-composed incidental music, performed by Grammy-nominated musicians of Metropolis Ensemble, a contemporary chamber orchestra based in New York.


Heralds the trumpet of the future
— Chicago Sun-Times on Brandon Ridenour
incisive...compelling violinist
— Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times on Siwoo Kim

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

 
 
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Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events


5 NIGHTS, 11 PIANISTS: PIANO COUNTERPOINTS

Wednesday, October 4
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)

Taka Kigawa performs excerpts from one of his signature pieces, Bach's Art of the Fugue, while Han Chen performs Steve Reich's Piano Counterpoint for piano and electronics. Hear two masterworks for many voices, taken from distant centuries and cultural contexts.


5 NIGHTS, 11 PIANISTS: PIANO STORYTELLERS

Monday, October 9
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)

David Kaplan and Jeremy Jordan collaborate with actor Sherman Howard for an evening of piano and narrator. Improvisations and poetry are followed by Strauss' rarely performed masterwork, Enoch Arden, based on the epic poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. 


5 NIGHTS, 11 PIANISTS: PIANO OFF-BOOK

Wednesday, October 18
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)

Innovative pianists Erika Dohi and Guy Mintus create a program of improvisations and compositions inspired by the idea of dislocation. World premieres by Wadada Leo Smith and Iranian composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh, works by Anthony Davis and Andy Akiho, and extemporization by the performers will explore our common need to find our own place. Explore the complex theme of migration, journeying through myriad sound worlds and styles.


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Scott Wollschleger's Soft Abberation ALBUM Release Party

Friday, October 20
6:45pm (doors) / 7:15pm (event)

In celebration of composer Scott Wollschleger's release of his debut album Soft Abberation on New Focus Recordings, please join us for an evening featuring the Mivos Quartet in Wollschleger's Second String Quartet "White Wall" in addition to pianist Karl Larson in select solo works.


5 NIGHTS, 11 PIANISTS: PIANO SOUNDSCAPES

Sunday, October 22
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)

Conor Hanick and Imri Talgam craft an evening celebrating the piano as noise maker, extracting poetry from the most extreme sonic possibilities the instrument offers. Accompanied by a visual synthesizer, Morton Feldman's Triadic Memories is the evening's epic centerpiece, as a beguiling series of slowly-evolving images coordinate with the music in realtime.


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Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia

Friday-Saturday, December 15-16
7:30pm
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House

part of Brooklyn Academy of Music's 2017 Next Wave Festival

Two survivors of the Khmer Rouge—composer Him Sophy and filmmaker Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture)—attempt to return dignity to their country’s dead with this musical ritual remembering the Cambodian genocide. Against cinematic evocations of this bruised history, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia recruits the Metropolis Ensemble, the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and traditional Khmer vocalists and instruments—ancient harps, flutes, and the xylophone-like roneat pluah—to mourn the nearly two million forgotten souls. Mellifluous Buddhist smot chanting and other all-but-extinct Khmer musical forms are woven throughout a procession that moves from the heavens to the killing fields, culminating in a plea to recognize impermanence as the only path to peace.


Because of the generous support of our followers, Metropolis Ensemble is thrilled to offer our pop-up venue at 1 Rivington as a place for new projects and works of music to take shape at little to no cost to our artists. Select artists are given the opportunity not only to share finished works, but to use this platform to craft ideas into tangible realities.

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About Metropolis Ensemble


About Metropolis Ensemble


 

Metropolis Ensemble is a dynamically evolving 21st Century Orchestra.

Led by Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr, Metropolis Ensemble is dedicated to creating a future for classical music that is of and for the time we live in.

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Help us launch OUR SECOND decade!

Metropolis Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

 
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Metropolis Ensemble
3433 84th Street
Queens, NY 11372
917-930-6106
info@metropolisensemble.org