PROGRAMS: PROTOTYPE

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, now celebrating its sixth year, is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world. The festival is the only one of its kind in the United States – presenting fully produced premieres, national and international presentations, and work-in-progress showings of original genre-bending works by both emerging and career artists from the contemporary classical opera-theatre and music-theatre idiom. Focusing on innovative, mostly chamber-scale works, PROTOTYPE shows opera like it’s never been seen before: high-tech, edgy, and up-close. Following the smashing success of its first five seasons, PROTOTYPE’s visionary line-up has quickly become a can’t-miss annual tradition.
 

 

 

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Upcoming PROTOTYPE shows

  • IYOV

    An extraordinary Ukrainian opera, IYOV blends an emotional journey, the birth of a new sound, and the endless possibilities of the human voice.

  • Black Inscription

    Through music, sound and imagery, Black Inscription plunges us into our oceans and fills us with wonder, outrage, and hope.

Past PROTOTYPE shows

  • Silent Voices

    A multi-media stage work by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus celebrating the power of youth to inspire change and give voice to the marginalized and silenced. With commissioned music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Toshi Reagon, and DJ Spooky.

  • Funeral Doom Spiritual

    Drawing on themes of apocalypse, end times, and rapture found in Negro Spirituals, this new music-theatre work exhumes legacies of racial violence while longing for the forthcoming destruction of the white supremacy world.

  • anatomy theater

    Darkly humorous, anatomy theater follows the progression of an English murderess from her confession to execution, to denouncement, and finally to dissection, including an anatomy lesson for curious onlookers.

  • Breaking the Waves

    Breaking the Waves tells the story of a religious woman, Bess, who’s devoted to her husband Jan, an oil rig worker. When Jan becomes paralyzed, Bess’s vows are challenged resulting in an act of divine grace.