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Monday, November 15, 2010

Hazards of Love, Origin of Love, and LOVE

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).
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.
Full story on Reno Metromix here and event details here.

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,

1 comment:

  1. I attended the second showing of Hazards of Love and it was incredible. The costumes were creative,the live band awesome, and the acting wonderful.

    What I enjoyed the most is that the characters have two people playing them,the singer and the actor. You can clearly see both and it is interesting to see that both will have similar emotions on their faces.

    Here is my FB review:
    This is an awesome play. Magical trees, a great love story, and a wonderful performance. The venue is beautiful, the bar is open, and they allow all ages. An 11 foot Ent played with my hair and a tree shook its leaves at me.What made the experience even greater was my friends and family attended with me, willingly.:) If you go, nouveau Victorian or steam punk attire is welcomed and encouraged.