PROJECT FAUST, Louisville Ballet & Kentucky Opera USA, Rehearsals 2018 ©Sam English
PROJECT FAUST creative developments 2016-2018
My current work (2016-2018) includes a large-scale hybrid dance/opera reinterpretation of Gounod’s Faust in Project Faust for Kentucky Opera and Louisville Ballet in Kentucky USA. This ground-breaking co-production transforms Gounod’s opera into a 70min dance driven provocation about self-entitlement and the cost of the soul in contemporary America and Australia. This unique partnership between opera and ballet companies has been created over a three-year creative development period in which a distinct collaborative dance/music opera/ballet language, choreographic aesthetic and innovative form of storytelling has been developed.
Creative Development #1, Actors Theatre Louisville, Kentucky USA, 27 June – 22 July 2016
Creative Development #2, Louisville Ballet Studios, 15 May – 2 June 2017
DIRECTOR: SALLY BLACKWOOD
Conductor: Joseph Mechavich (2016); Tara Simoncic (2017-2018)
Choreographer: Adam Hougland
Set & Lighting Designer: Trad A Burns
Sound Designer: Tim Barnes
Costume Designer: Zhanna Goldentul (2018)
French dialogue, translation & surtitling: SALLY BLACKWOOD
Dancers: Leigh Anne Albrechta, Roger Creel, Kateryna Sellers, Justin Michael Hogan, Ryan Stokes, Helen Daigle.
Singers: Emily Albrink (Marguerite), Garrett Sorrenson (Faust), Derrick Parker (The Devil 2016), Evan Boyer (The Devil 2017), Jorge Andrès Camargo (The Devil 2018).
Photo credit: ©Sam English for Louisville Ballet