Recovering from Hurricane Irma
Last September Hurricane Irma detonated in the middle of TESLA rehearsals. Our determined creative team regrouped and created an amazing and brilliant production, but ticket sales, while understandable (people were recovering from the storm), were more devastating to SoBe Arts than the storm itself! After 14 years of offering the community free, or inexpensive world class events, performances, world premieres, and high level music education, However, we are currently on hiatus awaiting funding to relaunch the company with PASSION LOVE GRAVITY (see below). SoBe Arts needs your help to recover and continue its good work. Please donate to Mystery Park Arts (dba SoBe Arts) and help us bring the company back to life! Thank you.
PASSION LOVE GRAVITY
"Passion Love Gravity", will illuminate three stories of from the past millennium: A Japanese legend, an ancient Punjabi folk tale, and a medieval European love affair, all told through the lens of cultural, scientific and political history, that codes of conduct and bending to authoritarian power is only an illusion of time and can be overcome with love itself. First, challenging the strict Catholic codes of medieval Europe, first with love standing against the obligations of marriage, then with excruciating beauty reconcile their worldly passions with their faith. Second, against a great contrast of the ancient wild forests and kingdoms of Punjab, lovers offer a powerful challenge to the strict Islamic codes and cultural expectations of their time. And finally, a legend set in the courtly feudal gardens of Japan invokes the idea of transfiguration as a princess emerges from, and returns to, an ideal state.
The opera will have three acts, in which the eparate stories are first introduced; Then interwoven as befits the idea of union and the challenges that emerge; The work will resemble a travelogue drifting in and out of a hypnagogic state, otherworldly like a lucid dream but viscerally poignant. Transforming a cascade of overlapping musical and multimedia invention, free floating scenic changes, passions and echoes that suggest a sense of evolution and transfiguration—the stuff of illumination, mysticism, and ablution.
TESLA (multidisciplinary opera/music-theater)
The World Premiere of "TESLA" took place at the Colony Theater Miami Beach Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2017.
The critics said:
Listed as number 1 critics' choice of the season!
BEST NEW WORKS 2017
South Florida Classical Review.
"In an era when recurrent storms and climate change are very much in the news, Tesla's story takes on new relevance..." South Florida Classical Review
"it also has a quality that gives the most engaging art its urgency: Relevance" Palm Beach Arts Paper
"The premiere of TESLA - in every sense "against all odds" as Hurricane Irma made its own and almost prevented it - marks a milestone in the composer's career, and a new opera in the panorama that deserved to be considered beyond review and synthesis that seem imperative." Miami Clásica
The premiere is currently being streamed in High Def, at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/teslaopera
For more info go to: http://sobearts.org/tesla
SoBe Arts' 12th season of high quality cutting-edge music, music-theater and multimedia events provided for free or at low cost to attract diverse new audiences.
SoBe Arts is delighted to be expanding our reach to include new venues and additional municipalities within the greater Miami-Dade County area. Diverse, innovative, and high-caliber events, all drawing on the talents of both local arts professionals and world-class visiting artists:
- 4 world-premiere performances of TESLA, a new multidisciplinary opera.
- 'Open Friday' concerts featuring local, national and international artists. Concerts to be programmed include cutting edge new works (such as "Musical Tribute to JFK"), 20th/21st century masterworks (such as "Quartet for the End of Time") and traditional music in unusual contexts (such as "Mozart Serenades by Candlelight").
- free 'Art Speaks' introducing themes of upcoming concerts and stage productions.
- Workshops and masterclasses for youth and local artists related to our professional events.