Ted Hearne and Daniel Fish: The Source

Ted Hearne and Daniel Fish: The Source

A 21st-century masterpiece. Remarkable and essential. It does what great art should: It pushes you to think and feel about the world in new ways.” – The New York Times

Presented with LA Opera

Tickets available at LAOpera.org.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj01EpU1fV0&feature=youtu.be

In a penetrating new music-theater work, composer Ted Hearne and director Daniel Fish dive into the world of Chelsea Manning, who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. Private Manning’s conviction and sentence provoked a maelstrom of media coverage, ranging from portraits of Manning’s personal life to new dialogues about military abuses. Neither a linear depiction of the events leading to Manning’s eventual arrest nor a retreading of the media hysteria surrounding her story, The Source approaches Manning's identity by engaging with the content of the leaks themselves: that is, the day-to-day accounts of the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Four singers are housed alongside the audience in a visceral installation. Singing with (at times) electronically-processed voices, and accompanied by a live ensemble of seven instrumentalists, they inhabit an assemblage of Twitter feeds, cable news reports, chat transcripts and classified military video. The Source asks how we, as individuals and a nation, confront the massive information which Manning brought to light.

The Source was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and Judy & Allen Freedman, with additional commissioning support from Justus & Helen Schlichting.

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Date/TimeGMST
WED 10/19
8:00 pm
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THU 10/20
8:00 pm
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FRI 10/21
8:00 pm
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SAT 10/22
2:00 pm
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SAT 10/22
8:00 pm
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SUN 10/23
2:00 pm
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G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff