The Industry presents Sweet Land in an immersive opera experience at Los Angeles State Historic Park, February 29 – March 15, 2020. With music by Du Yun and Raven Chacon, text by Aja Couchois Duncan and Douglas Kearney, and direction by Cannupa Hanska Luger and Yuval Sharon, Sweet Land is the result of a highly collaborative and multi-perspectival approach.
Composer Du Yun is a Chinese immigrant whose recent work originates from what she states “is a lack of understanding and empathy around immigration.” Her last major opera Angel’s Bone, raved by The New York Times as “An appallingly good work,” won a Pulitzer Prize for music and explores the psychology behind human trafficking.
Listen to Angel’s Bone on Spotify.
In Sweet Land, “the Arrivals” wash up on the shore making contact with another civilization they call “the Hosts.” From there, the story splinters, following diverging perspectives. Starting as a procession through the LA State Historic Park, Sweet Land becomes an opera that erases itself.
The Industry is an independent, artist-driven company expanding the definition of opera. To introduce the production's artistic team, The Industry has begun a video series to share their thoughts on the themes of this artistic endeavor. The first video features one of the librettists, Douglas Kearney, where he discusses what goes into that “sense of the Sweet Land” which audiences will get to experience. In addition, No Proscenium has created the NoPro podcast, where The Industry’s Artistic Director and Sweet Land's co-director, Yuval Sharon talks about Sweet Land and re-envisioning opera in the 21st century.
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