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UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance The Want

Inspired by the Client/Dealer relationship from Bernard Marie-Koltes play In the Solitude of The Cotton Fields, The WANT is a contemporary opera - with music by Ethan Braun and lighting design by Shahryar Nashal - that fuses vocal expression with a rich physicality. The livretto, littered with interjections from Jacques Derrida to Missy Elliott, contemplates the desire, vulnerability and cunning at the heart of any transaction. The singers, actors, and dancers - Jess Gadani, Justin F. Kennedy, Jasmine Orpilla, and Roger Sala-Reyner - are 'Offerors' and 'Offerees' enrobed as the key archetypes of mercantile Europe and the spiritual tradition of constant trade between a reflexive mind and a sensuous being. 

Additional Dates:
Thu September 19, 2019 8:30pm
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance
Sat September 21, 2019 8:30pm
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance
Sun September 22, 2019 7:00pm
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance
Sun September 22, 2019 7:00pm
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance

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Ethan Braun

The Want

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