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Alexis Gideon returns!
JOIN US for two animated operas by Alexis Gideon
The Crumbling (2015)
The Crumbling is a 21 minute stop-motion animation video opera set in a dream-like mythic town following the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her. The piece explores the importance of word and symbol in a decaying culture, as well as the marginalization and persecution of people based on heritage, gender, race or belief, and all that is lost in such persecution.
The Crumbling takes a modern and innovative form, while drawing from ancient texts and esoterica such as the Kabbalah, the Hermetic Philosophy of ancient Egypt, the mystical beliefs of Hildegard von Bingen, Alchemy of the 16th Century, and the mid 19th Century occult beliefs of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor.
During screenings, the film is accompanied by live musical performance. The live music mirrors the action exactly, and the animated characters' mouths are perfectly in sync with the sung lyrics.
The Crumbling has been made possible through the generous support of Pittsburgh's New Hazlett Theater and funding provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
Video Musics I (2008)
Video Musics I is a twenty-minute multimedia video opera based on Hungarian mythology and folk tales. It consists of six individual songs + videos, each offering its own compact narrative while interlocking to form a larger whole. Video Musics I is a mystical allegory that draws parallels to our own times. This work is the first in a series of animated video operas that reimagine myths and folklore through modern techniques. During screenings, the film is accompanied by live musical performance. The live music mirrors the action exactly, and the animated characters' mouths are perfectly in sync with the sung lyrics.
$12 Students, Seniors and Members
$15 General Admission
New films by Laura Heit
An evening of new films by Laura Heit including Two Ways Down (2015), Rover's Eye (2015) and Apollo (2015), The Deep Dark (2011), and White Dialogues (2012)
Recent films presented by the artist, in person, feature drawn animation, depictions of hell, footage shot from space craft, disembodied heads, specters, and music by Emily Lacy and Jordan Dykstra.
Along side these new films a program of experimental animation by filmmakers and comic book artists including Crux by Lilli Carre and Alexander Stewart, Essay 1 and 4 by Julie Doucet and Jiro goes to the Dentist by Gina Kamensky