Pauline Oliveros/IONE/ICE: The Nubian Word for Flowers

Thursday, November 30, 2017. 8:00 pm

Experiments in Opera, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), and M.o.M., Inc. celebrate the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros with the premiere of her opera collaboration with writer / director IONE. Encompassing the Nubian Diaspora and the life of Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener of Khartoum, the opera uses live performance, electronics and moving images to create a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and Colonial Mind. EiO will also present selections from Rainbird, a work-in-development between EiO co-founder Aaron Siegel and director Mallory Catlett, based on the work of author Janet Frame.

6:30—7:00pm Cocktail reception with complimentary vodka drinks sponsored by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for all pre-sale ticket holders
7:00pm House opens for pre-sale ticket holders // Bar Roulette opens
7:30pm Last call for pre-sale ticket holders to find seats
7:45pm Sales begin for standing room tickets and available seated tickets
8:00pm Performance begins


Michael Weyandt – Bass-Baritone (Lord Kitchener)
Lisa E. Harris – Soprano (Orkney Woman, Zar Woman, Sybille and Cheiro, Lord C, Dunne: “The Oracle”)
Peter Tantsits – Tenor (Colonel Oswald & Cheiro, Lord C, Dunne: “The Oracle”)
Alice Teyssier – Soprano (Hermione and Cheiro, Lord C, Dunne: “The Oracle”)
Zizo – Baritone and Oud, Flute, Duff (The Nubian Boatman)
IONE – Text and Vocals (The Interviewer)

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE):
Nicholas DeMaison – Music Director
IONE – Direction
Rebecca Rouse – Assistant Director and Dramaturg
Monica Duncan, Ross Karre – Video Design
Fay Eva – Costume Designer
Nick Houfek – Lighting Design
Senem Pirler – Sound Engineer

Gelsey Bell – Voice
Justin Hicks – Voice
Jade Hicks – Voice
Andie Springer – Violin
Aaron Siegel – Percussion
Matt Evans – Percussion
Mallory Catlett – Director

Experiments in Opera is a composer-driven company focused on re-writing the story of opera. EiO invites composers, directors, designers and performers to create new work that embraces unconventional mediums, a range of production scales, and explores collaboration between all types of artists working to share their visions. International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. M.o.M., Inc. (The Ministry of Maåt) is an international spiritual and educational organization nurturing the a harmonious and balanced world community.

IONE is an author / playwright / director and an improvising text-sound artist. She has taught and performed throughout the world with her partner and spouse of 30 years, Pauline Oliveros. IONE was Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute for 15 years and currently works as a Deep Listening Certification Instructor at the Center for Deep Listening in Troy, NY. As Founding Director of M.o.M., Inc. (The Ministry of Maåt), IONE encourages and supports women’s well-being and sustains a vibrant international community of writers, visual artists, and musicians.

Experiments in Opera’s 2017 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Casement Fund.

The Ministry of Maåt’s 2017 performance of The Nubian Word for Flowers; A Phantom Opera is a made possible by Map Fund.

The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.