Satellite Collective Announces ECHO & NARCISSUS, 9/14-15
New York, 1971. Narcissus, a rebellious yet charismatic outsider, hunts alone in the city at night. He's come south from his father's kingdom on the city's outer coast. Echo, a young nymph and socialite, falls for Narcissus and they hook up. Her brother and the other nymphs fail in their attempt to separate her from Narcissus and one night the two commit an irrevocable crime. Echo's brother tries with more urgency to separate the two, but is instead drawn into an adventure that ends with tragedy.
Echo & Narcissus will engage original music, live chamber performance, visual art, ballet, digital multimedia, opera, and lighting design. The ambition of the project's scope is matched by the deftness of its team. WRITER Kevin Draper; COMPOSER Aaron Severini; DIRECTOR Philip Stoddard; CHOREOGRAPHER Norbert De La Cruz III; LIGHTING DESIGNER Brandon Stirling Baker; FILM MAKER Lora Robertson; PRODUCTION DESIGNER Kevin Draper; PROJECTION DESIGNER Simon Harding; LIVE MUSIC ShoutHouse."We work at the intersection of dance, visual art and music - and we use architects and poets as the glue," said Founding Artistic Director Kevin Draper. "This will be our first, focused, evening length work where group action has to resonate in service to the story. We're crafting a pretty high level of intensity for the audience." In a few short years, Satellite Collective has embraced art forms fearlessly and styled multiple seasons of dance, music, film and word. In 2017, this peculiar, dynamic group produced for the first time an integrated, evening length work and fuse their collective process into a full-length collaborative event. Live pop and indie classical music, film, dance, theater and architecture will all be put to service in a production that will, literally, immerse the audience. Echo & Narcissus is the 17th interdisciplinary performance work by Satellite Collective since its founding eight years ago.
In a few short years, Satellite Collective has fearlessly styled multiple seasons of dance, music, film and word to their vision. Under the leadership of Kevin Draper Satellite has launched young choreographers, composers, film makers, poets and artists with an uncanny sense of timing - they've tapped into an intense scene of NYC artists from New York City Ballet, Juilliard, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Bowery Poetry Club; bridged a global network of artists working in every medium from video games to installation, and fused pop music from members of The Lumineers, San Fermin and the song writing scenes in the Pacific Northwest into arresting short film and stage work. Always, with a stylish and confident manner, always with a vision.
Satellite believes in artists collaborating as equals, globally and virtually. We incubate performances, arts exchanges, and publications that allow artists to work together because we believe that is the future. Founded in 2010, Satellite Collective has produced three evening-length ballets, four hours of original music, two hours of original film, commissioned eight modern dance works, founded Transmission, an arts publication, hosted five annual arts retreats, launched Telephone, which simultaneously published the interconnected works of 315 artists from 42 countries, and has recently launched Satellite Press, a small independent press publishing emerging and established authors and poets.
Satellite is proud to have received support from BAM, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Frey Foundation, Nestle, SAP, 92Y, DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Brooklyn Arts Council and many others government, public and private supporters. Satellite is a graduate of the 2015-16 BAM Professional Development Program in collaboration with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
To learn more about Artistic Director Kevin Draper, visitwww.kevindraper.org.