ABOUT THE WORK
Composer Christopher Mohr was 19 years
old when he was invited to join a gang-rape in his dorm. He rescued her, but the experience
forced him into a confrontation with his own "shadow." Over the next 20 years, his
spiritual/musical journey unfolded into a discovery of that healing peace which even the
most reprehensible acts cannot destroy. The wordless, all-vocalise choir and vast
classical/folk/ethnic/electronic/early music ensemble intone melodies of haunting
beauty as the story unfolds.
LIVE WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE A SUCCESS!
Factions are at war. A woman is raped. A hero is born. Is the light he brings
enough to justify the violence of his conception? Could anything ever be enough?
From the Realm of the Shadow is an epic story that confronts some of humanity's
deepest conflicts through sublime imagery in music and dance. The storyplays
out in mythological proportions, but it is very much of this world. A heart-wrenching
tale about a mother's love for her child, and the destiny that awaits him.
Singing, dancing, rejoicing, it delves into the heart of some of our messiest,
darkest, most painful human truths. New choreography brings to life
Christopher Mohr's critically acclaimed, stunning score. A captivating
journey to a realm filled with glory, honor, betrayal, and the battle between shadow and light.
Step into the shadow. Discover your own light.
Giving Voice Productions (Boulder, CO), Fractured Atlas (NYC) and composer Chris Mohr (Denver, CO).
Featuring a team of outstanding actors, dancers, and designers, we will bring the opera, music
and story to physical embodiment for live audiences in NYC and streaming online ("google opera")
for select audiences around the US as an opera (see our free opera downloads).
The opera/ballet is a theatre collaboration among Convergences Theatre Collective (NYC),
Fractured Atlas and Giving Voice Productions (NYC).
"Chris Mohr has been able to combine visions from the depths of the archetypal
psyche with original music of extraordinary evocative power."
-Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of Psychology of the Future, The Cosmic Game,
When the Impossible Happens, and The Ultimate Journey
"Chris Mohr's life-long confrontation with his own "shadow" has taken
the form of a grand multi-media event... His music rises beyond the
forms and styles he employs and... takes the listener on a journey
from the most primitive to the sublime."
- Micha Hendel, opera director
"The battles between the light and dark forces inherent in the spirit world
are approached in an appealing, unique and unusual way. Because of the
rhythmic force... the work lends itself to a powerful dance, music and
multi-media production" -David Taylor, David Taylor Dance Theater
"I love your music. It is beautiful, terrifying, sublime...too much for the
consensual culture. What a contribution to true Self-Inquiry."
This workshop is the first step to bringing From the Realm of the Shadow to full stage production and
we need your support. I hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to this project. It
has been my life's work as a composer and a true dream to see this
work embodied and presented for new audiences in NYC and beyond!
You can help support this music drama by contributing online through Fractured Atlas. Your support will go directly towards "From the Realm of the Shadow".
Write a check made payable to Fractured Atlas (a 501 (c) (3) organization) and mail the check to:
Jeremy Williams/Convergences Theatre Collective
226 W 108th Street #2A
New York, NY 10025
*Convergences Theatre Collective is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, 501(c)(3) a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Convergences Theatre Collective must be made payable to "Fractured Atlas" and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
** Checks must be made out to "Fractured Atlas". Checks made out to Chris Mohr, Convergences Theatre Collective, or Jeremy Williams must be returned.
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"From the Realm of the Shadow" is generously supported by:
- Kris & Sara Abrams
- Anonymous Angel
- Melinda Anderson
- Arrone Appel
- Sherry Bauer
- Robert Bellows
- Paul Berteau
- Karen Bruggenthies
- Marlene Carpenter
- Eva Cernik
- Merle Chambers
- Pamela Datcher
- Steve Dilts
- Barry Dunn
- Joel Edelstein
- Jerry Edinger
- Naomi Ehrich
- Jim Gabbe
- Bruce, Cindy Gabriel 1971
- Michael Maloney Ganga Prison
- Mary S Gorman
- Rita Gorman
- Martin and Sharon Gorman
- Patrick Gorman Sr.
- Pat and Cheryl Gorman
- Tom and Ann Marie Gorman
- Victoria Gorman
- Lynn Harrington
- Melinda Harrison
- Faun G. Hauptman
- James Hoskins
- Maryanne Jerome
- Charles & Ursula Kafadar
- Carol Lane
- Parker Leventer
- David Lockington
- Deb McBride
- Scott Medina
- Robert Michael
- Carrie Miller
- Edmund Mohr
- karen mohr
- Loren Olds
- Eve orenstein
- Ross Pasquale
- John Pauley 1971
- Dan Prendergast
- Marcia L Ragonetti
- Richard Replin
- Mary Ann Ross
- ShivayaMa Ruane
- Becky Ruttenberg
- Em Sevol
- Sol, Marg Shapiro
- Peter Silvestri
- Elise Stone
- Amber Terrell
- Karen Terrell
- Jeanette Thrower
- Somerset & Wieslawa Waters
- Kym Waugh
- KGNU Wendy
- Barbara Wisch
- Martin Wolff
- Luke Yancy Jr.
- Alex Miles Younger
- Carol Jansch
This inaugural workshop production is a collaboration among Composer/Producer Christopher Mohr,
Performer/Producer Christa Ray of Giving Voice Productions, and lead by Director/Choreographer/Producer Jeremy Williams of
Convergences Theatre Collective.
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Stay tuned for updates to the cast and creative team!
Self-taught Composer Christopher Mohr composed a full-length oratorio at age 17. At 26, he published a book of original piano music. Numerous chamber
pieces and a cantata for his own wedding are among his other works. His musicals Ducktails and Bobbysox and Orphans in Candyland were published by
Pioneer Drama Service and have been performed in all 50 states in the U.S., all ten Canadian provinces, and dozens of countries worldwide.
His LP recording, August Light, was released in 1987, played on dozens of classical radio stations and highy praised by conductor Antonia Brico. He has conducted excerpts of From The Realm Of The Shadow on several occasions, including a strongly-reviewed Colorado Symphony Orchestra concert in 1991. Mohr is curredntly working on the oratorio Melodies Of The Shoreless Sea, employing 53-note-to-the-octave tuning to replicate the original tunings of hundreds of ancient and never-before-heard scales.
Giving Voice Productions is committed to expanding the horizons and the definitions of
theatrical form. It is our goal to "meet" contemporary audiences and create a space
where pressing, raw, and relevant material can exist in an aesthetic of beauty and
grace. We believe that this dynamic allows audiences to not only enjoy the theatrical
event, but also receive and contemplate the subject matter.
Giving Voice Productions is committed to creating theatre from real and contemporary
issues that are alive within the community. Through live performance and outreach
efforts, we endeavor to inform, educate, entertain, and spark community discussion.
Our performances are followed by in-depth talk-back sessions, which encourage the
audience to be in dialogue with the artists and foster connections within the community.
Jeremy Williams is committed to excellence and innovation in the Performing Arts. He
focuses on challenging and redefining the creation of new works, developing curriculum
and pedagogy, as well as leading professional development of educators, artists, and
audiences. His work as a Director/Choreographer has been seen across the country.
He has led the creation of over 40 original productions spanning the genres of drama,
musicals, concert dance, experimental theatre, and nightlife entertainment. He is the
Founding Director (2008) of Convergences Theatre Collective, a national network of
contemporary theatre artists and teachers dedicated to creating new work and revealing
the artistic process for contemporary audiences- both live and online.
As an arts advocate and leader, Williams has consulted and coached numerous
individual artists and arts organizations in artistic, educational, programatic,
social media, promotions, and revenue/funding projects. He has been a leader in
promoting and educating the field about Audience Engagement as a tool for artistic
and business success. He has been a presenter and speaker for Engaging Dance Audiences,
the national Dance/USA conference, Nonprofit Finance Fund's Leading for the Future
Initiative, and many webinars for the field in his capacity of Community Manager for
GoSeeDo.org (formerly the Audience Engagement Platform). Williams is committed to
creating, testing, learning, and sharing new models of business for artists and
arts organizations to keep our work relevant and sustainable.