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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.

WISE BLOOD features Grant Hart, founding member of fabled punk pioneer band Hüsker Dü, as Asa Hawks; New York vocalist Gelsey Bell, whose celebrated recent work includes Matthew Barney’s epic film River of Fundament; and other special guests. Members of the Adam Meckler Orchestra provide the core second line.

The WISE BLOOD installation will be on view at the Soap Factory May 9–June 15.

Prices subject to change.

Copresented with the Soap Factory.



Media partners

Commissioned by the Soap Factory and the Walker Art Center with support provided by Producers’ Council members Nor Hall and Roger Hale, the William and Nadine Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the McKnight Foundation.

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