XS: The Opera Opus

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XS the Opera: Shakespeare Theatre, Boston

XS: The Opera Opus was a no wave avant-garde music and art performance created by Rhys Chatham and Joseph Nechvatal in the mid 1980s. [1][2] Jane Lawrence Smith sang the lead role in the Boston performance and Yves Musard danced the main role. [3] Its theme was the excess of the nuclear weapon buildup of the Ronald Reagan presidency.[4][5]

XS: The Opera at Shakespeare Theatre, Boston[edit]

XS: The Opera, Shakespeare Theatre, Boston was the final production and consisted of three soprano singers, 4 trumpets, six electric guitars. bass, drums, 35 mm slide projection and dance. The duration was 90 minutes. Choreography: Yves Musard, 35 mm cross-fade art slides: Joseph Nechvatal

Musicians: Rhys Chatham (conductor) with Pamela Fleming, Steven Haynes, Ben Neill, James O'Connor, David Wonsey, Karen Haglof, Robert Poss, Mitch Salmon, Bill Brovold, Tim Schellenbaum, Conrad Kinard, J.P., Peggy Ackerman, Jane Lawrence Smith, Elly Spiegel.

Performance history[edit]

XS: The Opera performance at the XS the Pyramid Club 1984

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Die Donnergötter (LP, CD), Table of the Elements/Radium 2006 by Rhys Chatham CD book p. 14
  2. ^ XS: An Installation, Gray Art Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville catalogue
  3. ^ Brooks, Rosetta "Interview-Rhys Chatham & Joseph Nechvatal", ZG, (#12 Fall)
  4. ^ XS: An Installation, Gray Art Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville catalogue
  5. ^ Willoughby Sharp, "Joseph Nechvatal, Machine Language Books, 1984. pp. 52-55.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Paula Court, New York Noise: Art and Music from the New York Underground 1978-88 (2007) Soul Jazz Records