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WE CROSSED THE RIVER

Moe, Eric and Cruz, Angie (2020) WE CROSSED THE RIVER. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Unpublished)

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WE CROSSED THE RIVER is a multi-media collaboration between Dominican-American novelist Angie Cruz (author of Let It Rain Coffee, Soledad, and the just-released and widely acclaimed Dominicana), Associate Professor, Department of English Writing Program, and composer Eric Moe, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, about the detention of children in camps at the U.S. border. Cruz bases her text on the searing testimonios of detainees. The form of the completed work will be a semi-staged concert work with video. Other members of the collaborative team include stage director and activist Cynthia Croot, Associate Professor in the Department of Theater Arts and video artist Aaron Henderson, Associate Professor in the Department of Studio Arts. We envision a 35’-40’ minute work for two singer/actors and instrumental sextet, with the instrumentalists playing a dramatic role and the text alternately and simultaneously projected, pre-recorded, sampled, spoken, and sung. A draft of the libretto is complete and composition has begun. We seek seed funding from the Momentum Funds for a workshop preview production in Pittsburgh in April 2020, with an eye towards preparing for the full New York NY production in fall 2020/spring 2021. The NYC production which will be funded and produced by the New York New Music Ensemble (NYNME). The Pittsburgh workshop will be with singer/actors and video but with a reduced instrumentation (acoustic piano and sampling keyboard). We propose to try out different versions of staging and projection on a test audience who would then be surveyed about their experience. Their responses could then be used to shape the next iteration of the work.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Moe, Ericemoe@pitt.eduemoe
Cruz, Angieacwriter@pitt.eduacwriter
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2020
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/84q7-yc79
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 16:07
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 18:13
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/38176

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