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Cynthia Hopkins

The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success) with Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg, and directed by DJ Mendel, World Premiere/Walker Commission

“Blurs the edges of confession and performance, concert and play, memory and creation… . Hopkins pulls off the impossible … —Time Out New York

Singer /performer /director Cynthia Hopkins (Accidental Nostalgia, Must Don’t Whip ’Um) has built a large local following for her unique style of contemporary music-theater. The final chapter of Accidental Trilogy takes her investigation of memory, loss, and personal history to futuristic, intergalactic heights in this music-soaked, beguiling, and humorous telling of an ancient epic imagined as a live sci-fi film. Supported by her familiar and brilliant collaborators—video artists/theatrical designers Jeff Sugg and Jim Findlay (Wooster Group)—Hopkins takes us on an immersive exploration of time, space, and the pros and cons of evolution.


Commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Carolina Performing Arts at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Wexner Center. Support provided by the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by Leni and David Moore, Jr. / The Moore Family Fund for the Arts of The Minneapolis Foundation.