(IN)VISIBLE:
A DOCUMENTARY OPERA


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~ (IN)VISIBLE: A DOCUMENTARY OPERA ~

COMING TO NEW YORK IN FALL, 2007
The composers and filmmakers of Free Speech Zone Productions are hard at work on (in)visible, a new production that combines elements of concert music, documentary film and theater. Composers Judd Greenstein, David T. Little and Missy Mazzoli are working with filmmaker Stephen Taylor to combine newly-composed music and text with documentary films created specifically for this production.  This production will feature a new libretto by legendary beat poet Anne Waldman and up-and-coming writer Farnoosh Fathi.

The subject of (in)visible is that of so-called "invisible populations" including immigrant groups, refugees, former prisoners, the homeless, the working poor, and countless other groups that are systematically marginalized and neglected.  While it is a continuous, 90-minute performance, (in)visible will be divided into three sections, each addressing a different facet of this subject.  Each section will consist of a purely musical segment as well as a segment combining the live music with the films.  The first third, with music by Judd Greenstein, sets a biblical text describing Abraham's interaction with desert strangers, while the accompanying film focuses on migrant farm workers in Eastern North Carolina.  In the second part, David T. Little sets to music text by Anne Waldman about oppressed populations, as the film documents the lives of Hurricane Katrina evacuees residing in government-sponsored trailer parks.  The third and final section, with music by Missy Mazzoli, sets to music a first-person narrative from the point of view of a homeless person in New York City.  The accompanying film will follow homeless can and bottle redeemers in Manhattan.

             The intent of (in)visible is to focus on the relationship between these unseen groups and the so-called "visible populations"- those fully within mainstream society that, wittingly or not, act to push those other populations to the social margins.  (in)visible will be an ambitious artistic response to the complex ways in which the visible and the invisible worlds interact with and regard each other. Libretto by Anne Waldman and Farnoosh Fathi