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Spotlight: Songs of the Fisherman at Center City

Date Published:
Monday, July 2, 2012

The Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City launches its Summer Experiment with "Songs of the Fisherman," an installation that brings together dance, song, sculpture, and design in an aesthetic meditation on life’s journey. With music by Timothy Nelson and words by Andrew Albin, the chamber opera Songs of the Fisherman premiered on the campus of UNC Charlotte in January 2012 featuring Assistant Professor of Voice Brian Arreola and choreography by Assistant Professor of Dance Gretchen Alterowitz.

The poetic text contemplates life and death, dwelling on themes of alienation and reconciliation, permanence and impermanence, struggle and acceptance, and the passage of time. Allusions to Homer’s Odyssey, Biblical scripture, and Chinese legend weave through compelling imagery of the natural world.

The gallery installation features sculpture and design by Anita Easterling, Assistant Professor of Scene Design in the Department of Theatre, and video projection of the University’s production of Songs of the Fisherman. On view through August 8, the installation invites visitors to both physically and imaginatively enter the world of the opera, and to become participants surrounded by image and object, word and sound.

Now completing its first season, the Projective Eye Gallery, which opened in September, presents the inaugural Summer Experiment. The Summer Experiment is an annual exhibition dedicated to collaboration and experimentation by UNC Charlotte faculty. Projects are chosen by an external panel. The gallery is located in UNC Charlotte’s Center City facility at 320 E. Ninth Street (at the corner of Ninth and Brevard).