Monday, September 2, 2013

The Death of Schopenhauer

We're producing our first avant-garde opera!

November 14, 15 & 16 at Dog Story Theater Cangue League will present "The Death of Schopenhauer" by Gary Perrine

Departing from our usual segmented, thematically diverse style Cangue League presents a full opera for its Grand Rapids audience.

Poster Art by Nate Neal
The story takes odd leaps from one theatrical style to the next while telling the tragic tale of a writer that has his soul trampled upon by other powers in the universe. Mr. Perrine has asked Cangue League to use entirely recycled, reused, re-purposed materials for the props, set and even the large white back curtain required for this piece.

Cangue League's past five shows have been multi-media events and The Death of Schopenhauer is no exception. Bobbie Gilbert, Sean Kenny, Don Mangione and Gary Perrine will provide videos.  Mr. Kenny, CL's projectionist, is always looking for a unique material to use for a screen, Mr. Mangione will provide one of his wonderful abstract deconstructions of found footage, Ms. Gilbert is presenting a special unconventional animation using found and donated toys and Mr. Perrine will illustrate the entire de-evolution of writing and the evolution of music in a few minutes.

Rebecca Rodriguez

The phenomenal guitarist, Rebecca Rodriguez will be the center of sounds provided for The Death of Schopenhauer.  Ms. Rodriguez, known for her conventional work with The Icicles and as a soloist, will be surrounded by experimental acoustic objects such as old car parts and bark from sycamore trees and various reused matter to evoke the many emotions that an opera requires.

Nate Neal, author of the graphic novel, The Sanctuary and the intriguing  The Big Trip, returns to create another amazing poster. Click on the poster for a better look!

Click on one of the images below to check out some videos from our past shows:  

Whispered Consuela

We Did it
The Answer