Six Blind Men and the Moon

Six Blind Men and the Moon

Choreographed and directed by Alexandra Itacarambi

Words, music, and visual design by Paul Gallagher

Lighting design by Kimo James DeSean, Costumes by Rebecca Bernstein

Allegorical Vignettes:

   The first three acts (Six Blind Men and the Moon, Saltwater and The Kingdom of Mescal) are the dreamscapes of a seeker on a quest for vision and insight;

   In act four, Aspens, a man and a woman find the fullness of being – tangible and aware – in the bond that they share here and now.

Program

Blood Red/Exquisite Blue – Quartet: Ovaline Whitner, soprano, Karen Goldfeder, alto, Steven Raiford, tenor, Chad Karl, Bass

Six Blind Men and the Moon – Paul Gallagher, tenor, Elizabeth Dement, Kathleen McNulty, and Lisa Watson, dancers.

Water Finds Its Way –  Quartet
Intermission

Walk I Off – Quartet

Saltwater – Paul Gallagher, tenor, Elizabeth Dement, Dancer 

Already Gone – Quartet

Pause

Fly, Eagle Fly – Quartet

The Kingdom of Mescal – Paul Gallagher, tenor, Lillian Bitkoff, Elizabeth Dement, and Lisa Watson, dancers.

Wonder – Quartet

About the Choreographer

Alexandra Itacarambi – Alexandra was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she started studying ballet at the age of seven. In 1991, she was certified by the Royal Academy of Dancing (London). She was invited to join the Cisne Negro Dance Company and performed professionally with them from 1991 to 1993. Besides touring with the company throughout Brazil, she performed in Canada, Argentina and Uruguay.

She was accepted at the Julliard School  in 1994 where she performed works by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham and Pauline Koner among others. Alexandra received  her BFA  in dance from Julliard in May 1998. Her works as a choreographer include Frases Molhadas (music by Pixinguinha), Wings and Roots (Villa-Lobos) and Houses Made of Stone (Benjamin Britten).

Alexandra was awarded Julliard’s Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography in 1998.

Performing Vocalist

Karen Goldfeder – was born in Brooklyn and educated at Manhattan School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. Her professional experience has ranged from Handel to hip-hop, including appearances with NYC ensembles from Musica Sacra to Screaming Headless Torsos in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Knitting factory. Recent highlights of her freelance career includes last Tuesday’s concert of Bruckner motets at St. Ignatius and singing on video for the WWF’s “Undertaker”. Her Jazz quartet has appeared at clubs and festivals on both coasts, and she has been privileged  to perform with jazz legends Benny Green, Jeff “Tane” Watts, Jay Clayton, and Abbey Lincoln. She is a founding member of the vocal quartet Kitos, which presents concerts where Joni Mitchell, Charles Ives, and Claudio Monteverdi cohabitate. She can heard on recent CD releases by May Jane Leach, Frank London, and Gregg Smith Singers.

Chad Karl, baritone has sung with such New York groups as the Gregg Smith Singers, and Voices of Ascension. Currently he is in the 1998 – 99 Young Artist Program at DiCapo Opera. Earlier this year he was heard in New Jersey, and Massachusetts singing Schubert’s Winterize Cycle. He also sang in a performance called “Take 1 Down, Pass it Around” by Jed Distler for the Non Sequitur Festival, put on by Composers Collaborative, inc. Coming up in November Chad is performing recitals in New Jersey, and New York City. The program features works by: Schumann (Dichterliebe), Duparc, Barber, and Quilter. If anyone is interested in attending these recitals please call 212-579-3119 to reserve a space.

Steven Raiford’s stage experience has run the gamut from the Middle Ages to World Premieres. As a part of the New York Ensemble for Early Music, Mr. Raiford toured the United States and participated in the Brisbane, Australia Biennial Festival of Music performing Medieval Liturgical Dramas, early forerunners of opera. During his time with the New York City Opera, Mr. Raiford appeared in numerous productions including roles in two world premieres: Hugo Weigall’s widely acclaimed Esther as well as Ezra Laderman’s  much talked about Marilyn. As a member of the New York Grand Opera the young tenor bowed as Abdillain Nabucco both at Cernegie Hall in concert version and under the stars in New York’s Central Park  in the company’s full staged version of Verdi opera. Als o with New York Grand Opera he has performed the role of Borsa in Rigoletto and the count in Verdi’s rarely staged second opera Un Giorno di Regno. Not limited to opera, Mr. Raiford has won critical praise for his performances as Tony in West Side Story and Judas in Jesus Christ, Superstar. Singing with the Gregg Smith Singers he took part in a tour of Spain including an appearance on Spanish National Television and also the world premiere performance and recording of Morton Gould’s Time and River. He has also recorded the music of Igor Stravinsky with the foremost authority on the composers work, Robert Craft.

Thank You …

Thanks to Lie Macaulay and the Kraine Theater. Thanks to Brian McGinnis, Robina Shalley, Nubia Snaton, Val Davia, and Trish Pomeroy, special thanks to Gabriella Giubilaro, Yuko Suzuki, Kiyomi Baird, and Julie Gardinier for their generosity and very special thanks to my wife Theresa.

PRESS RELEASE

SIX BLIND MEN AND THE MOON AT THE KRAINE THEATER OCTOBER 22-24, 1998

Composer/vocalist Paul Gallagher will premiere his mixed media chamber opera Six Blind Men and the Moon at the Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street, NYC on Thursday October 22 through Saturday October 24, 1998 at 8:00pm.

Choreographed and directed by Alexandra Itacarambi, Six Blind Mean and the Moon paints an intricate dreamscape in sound, sight and motion as it combines solo voice and electronics, modern dance, an a cappella quartet and photo mosaic scenery. The libretto (by electronics, modern dance, an a cappella quartet and photo mosaic scenery. The libretto (by the composer) explores the dynamic exchange between sensual experience and primal insight through allegorical vignettes.

 Words, music and visual design are by tenor Paul Gallagher, who will also perform as a solo vocalist. Lighting design is by Kimo James DeSean and costumes are by Rebecca Bernstein. The dancers will be Elizabeth Dement, Kathleen Moira McNulty and Lisa Watson. The singers will include soprano Ovaline Whitner and mezzo Karen Goldfeder.

 Six Blind Men is the first production for Alexandra Itacarambi since her June, 1998 graduation from Juilliard where she received the Hector Zaraspe Prize for choreography. Prior to her training at Juilliard, she performed professionally with the Cisne Negro Dance Company (Brazil) from 1991 to 1993, and was certified by the Royal Academy of Dancing (London).

Paul Gallagher, a protégé of the late Morton Feldman, received his Ph.D. in music composition from The State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also studied voice with Heinz Rehfuss. Since 1980, Mr. Gallagher has been composing exclusively in just intonation in an unique style he developed using harmonic modes derived from the overtone series. In 1997, he performed excerpts from Six Blind Men in NYC at The Kitchen and theNew JerseyStateMuseum inTrenton. This production at The Kraine will be the first performance of the complete, fully staged opera.

Tickets are available for $10.00 at the door ($5.00 students and seniors). Reservations are recommended – call (212)330-0957