Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Minotaur [Pan Cogito Suddenly Realizes That -- Like The War In Iraq -- A Half-Decade Of Jet-Setting May Not Have Been Such A Great Idea Afterall]


$150,000, payable over three years, to the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE FOUNDATION, London, U.K., for the commission and production of a new opera, The Minotaur, by Sir Harrison Birtwistle [with libretto by David Harsent].

$150,000, payable over three years, to the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE, Berkeley, Ca., for Rare Art, a commissioning and exhibition project involving four contemporary art museums, a conservation organization, and sixteen artists working with sixteen UNESCO World Heritage sites. The goal of the project is to use contemporary art to investigate the relationship between natural environments and human culture, with an emphasis on human attitudes towards nature and the urgent need for sustainable development.

$150,000, payable over three years, to the YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, San Francisco, for continuing support of its newly restructured performing arts program.


Source: Columbia Foundation of San Francisco.

Harrison Birtwistle in 1995 with sculpture by Beth Carter, London, UK.

Theseus, Ariadne, and The Minotaur, Washington, D.C., March 19, 2008 C.E.

Photo credits: (c) Malcolm Crowthers via ROH Web-site. All rights reserved. (c) Bill O'Leary and the Washington Post. All rights reserved. With thanks.

"The world premiere of a new work commissioned by The Royal Opera [and supported by the Columbia Foundation of San Francisco] brings to the stage a famous character of Greek myth. Part man, part beast, the Minotaur is trapped in a labyrinth and constrained by his violent role there, yet he longs to discover his own identity and his own voice. Among the innocents of a blood sacrifice Athens must pay to Crete is Theseus, who has come to challenge the violent Minotaur, but also attracts the attention of Ariadne – and it is her help that ensures his success in the labyrinth."

Royal Opera House, London April 15 - May 3, 2008


San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera House [Home to The Bonesetter's Daughter and Three Decembers (Last Acts) ... and the American premiere of The Minotaur??]


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