Recently someone passed along a flyer to me for an upcoming show in Reno. An adaptation of The Decemberists' Hazards of Love. "A progressive rock opera melodrama resplendent in myth, passion and archetype."
Needless to say, I was intrigued.
Two showings have passed, but three remain. November 18th and 19th at 8:00pm, doors at 7:00pm and November 21st 3:00pm, doors at 2:00pm. The show is to be performed on Th Great Escape Stage at 1575 South Virginia in The Sports West Complex (directions).
Full story on Reno Metromix here and event details here.The Decemberists, an experimental folk-rock band, released “Hazards of Love” in 2009, and it seemed a natural fit for the stage because the songs tie together to tell the story of a woman, Margaret, who falls in love with a shape-shifting forest creature named William. The dramatic arc involves not only their romance but problems the lovers face with the creature’s jealous mother and another evil being.Marlene chose to present the story by having dancers act out the action while a live band plays and sings the songs from the album. Both the dancers and eight-piece band will be visible to the audience.“What this is,” she said, “is really performance art with a rock ‘n’ roll kind of foundation.
Below is an animated video created by students at St. Martin's College of Art for a song from the Hazard's of Love album (and presumably, the Rock Opera): The Rake's Song.
Fitting in with rock n' roll, love and animation is a clip from a wonderful rock musical I watched again earlier this month, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Below is the song The Origin of Love from the film:
But wait, there's more! We have below a small preview of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil showing at the Mirage in Las Vegas.
Cheers from this month's Student Blogger,