World Premiere/Walker Co-commission
“Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there.” —Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood
Set in the cavernous environs of the Soap Factory, WISE BLOOD is a wild and immersive ride through the bright, burning coals of Flannery O’Connor’s masterful Southern Gothic tale of redemption and retribution in 1950s America. Composer Anthony Gatto and visual artist Chris Larson join forces with brass bands, percussion lines, string players, and singers for a joyously dark New Orleans–style second-line opera-exhibition. Singers and accompanying ensembles guide audiences through Larson’s sets, film projections, and kinetic sculptures.
Among the highlighted performers are New York vocalist Gelsey Bell, whose celebrated recent work includes Matthew Barney’s epic film River of Fundament, and Grant Hart, founding member of fabled punk pioneer band Hüsker Dü. The Jack Brass Band provides the core second line.
The WISE BLOOD installation will be on view at the Soap Factory May 9–June 15.
Copresented with the Soap Factory.