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THE COMET / POPPEA

WAREHOUSE at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Comet / Poppea brings together seemingly disparate worlds connected by stories of cultural transformation. It juxtaposes Claudio Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea), an Italian opera from 1643 unfolding among the social divisions of ancient Rome; and the world premiere of The Comet, based on the 1924 science-fiction short story by sociologist and Pan-Africanist civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois. Set in 1920s New York City, “The Comet” depicts a Black man and white woman as the only survivors after a comet hits Earth.

PERFORMANCE ON FILM: AMOC* responds to Jenny Holzer’s DEMENTED WORDS

Hauser & Wirth 542 West 22nd Street, New York, NY

On September 10th, 2022, AMOC* offered a reactive musical performance to celebrate the long-anticipated opening of Jenny Holzer’s DEMENTED WORDS at Hauser & Wirth in New York City. They participated in the exhibition opening under the halo of Holzer’s WTF (2022)—a swinging electronic sign juxtaposing tweets posted by Donald Trump and by Q, leader of the QAnon conspiracy. On July 12th, 2024, Hauser & Wirth will revisit a filmed version of the piece as part of the 'Performance on Film' summer series.

ROME IS FALLING

Clark Art Institute 225 South St, Williamstown, MA, United States

Rome was one of the greatest civilizations in the world; yet, like all empires, it fell. Why, and how? The story is a mixture of politics, betrayal, immigration, religion, climate, pandemic, natural disaster, xenophobia, and bad luck (in short, everything human, and everything we face today). Rome is Falling, an opera composed by American Modern Opera Company (AMOC*) member Doug Balliett, is a zany lesson on the absurdity of what can happen when powerful people lose power. In his ever-prescient, ever-joyful way, Balliett brings audiences of all ages on a musical journey through a world that includes lollipops, a ridiculous number of characters, and an emperor with a chicken fetish.

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