Friday November 15, 2019
Baryshnikov Arts Center
450 W 37th Street #501
Composer and EiO co-founder Aaron Siegel and director Mallory Catlett (Restless NYC) bring their stirring new opera Rainbird to the prestigious Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) for a three-week artist residency in October and November 2019. Working with performing artists Gelsey Bell, Justin Hicks, Anais Maviel, Dave Ruder, Andie Springer, and Matt Evans, Aaron and Mallory will be developing new material from this evening-length work set to premiere in the 2021 season. The residency at BAC culminates in a workshop performance on November 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm. Another spring 2020 workshop performance of the complete opera is planned with dates and location pending.
Rainbird is an adaptation of the novel Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room by the celebrated New Zealand author Janet Frame. Rainbird tells the story of a middle-aged family man in New Zealand named Godfrey Rainbird who gets hit by a car and is pronounced dead. After the funeral arrangements have been made and his belongings have been cleared from the house, he wakes up in the morgue. What ensues is the emotional struggle of the Rainbird family, not in accepting Godfrey’s death, but, rather, his resurrection. Now a symbol of death, he is ostracized by his community and his family destroyed.
Videos from February 2019 Workshop of Rainbird at The Flea Theater.