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"Last night was magnificent!!!!! Congratulations!!! My row of feminist musicologiNYsts was in tears. A stunning performance and so immersive and sensory and complex and smart and gorgeous. So much to listen to in my memory of it now on train back to Troy. Thank you and again big congratulations." - Love, Sherrie
"A well-deserved standing ovation for Pauline Oliveros and Carole Ione at the world premiere of their work, The Nubian Word for Flowers: A Phantom Opera in Brooklyn last night. This was a truly masterful work, and so moving. To have the ancestors rise and reassure that “we will survive this,” and to revive a colonizer to have him answer for his crimes to the librettist was just brilliant. Wow. Beautiful script by IONE, divine music by Pauline, and sound design by the amazing Senem Pirler (among many other collaborations). Filled with amor."
Anne Hemenway: Do you feel this is a form of closure or an opening?
IONE: Both. This will be bringing it to a level of closure, but there are going to be other versions in the future. We plan to do it again in 2018. There’s technology that Pauline and I were exploring which is still being developed. - Thank you, Carole Ione
"THAT WAS FANTASTIC (and everyone I spoke to thought so). Were you happy with it? . So much love in the room, the air itself was imbued not just with the heady scent of Nubian flowers, but with a collective sense of welcome and good will that in our present day seems to slip further into an imaginary past which may only ever have been that...." - Eric
An Unfinished ‘Phantom Opera’ Is Completed With Love
Pauline Oliveros died last year, leaving “The Nubian Word for Flowers.” The surreal meditation on colonialism that she created with her partner, Ione, debuts on Thursday.
By Thomas May, Nov. 24, 2017, NY Times
An Interview with IONE
Pauline Oliveros’ last work, “The Nubian Word for Flowers: A Phantom Opera,” is coming to life thanks to the work of her partner and close collaborator of more than 30 years, Ione—an acclaimed author, playwright/director, sound/text artist, and dream specialist in her own right. The joint production between Experiments in Opera, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Ione’s own Ministry of Maåt will premiere on November 30 at Roulette in New York City. I sat down with Ione during a weekend symposium at Brooklyn College recently. We talked about the impetus for the opera, colonialism, and the challenges of presenting a posthumous work. https://van-us.atavist.com/phantoms
Music and Sound Design by PAULINE OLIVEROS,
Concept/Direction/ Text by IONE
Registered: The Writers’ Guild #1256655
We're thrilled to announce the 2017 MAP Fund Grantees! These 40 new, live performance works will receive a total of $1.2 million in direct support for project development and distribution. Read the full press release here: http://bit.ly/2qd75iF #MAP17
The Nubian Word For Flowers
Premiere - Thursday, November 30, 2017
"It was, by all accounts, a labor of love from artists who had known and worked with Ms. Oliveros, joined in finishing what she started and honoring her memory." - ZACHARY WOOLFE, NY Times
"Endearingly Ideosyncratic..." "..A labor of love..."
"(a)... warmly felt haunting..."
Zachary Woolfe, NY Times
2017 MAP Fund Grantees
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