Tickets for the forthcoming multi-format production Stardust are now on sale, ahead of its debut online this December.
The production, by composer Felix Jarrar and fantasy writer B L Foxley, explores society from a multiracial perspective. Four screenings have been announced so far, starting on December 4, and each one will be followed by a live post-show discussion led by a special guest.
Helios Opera, the company presenting the project, is championing greater inclusion in performing arts with this new production, which has a creative team from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The company also intends to donate 10 per cent of all proceeds from ticket sales from the premiere to Color of Change, and subsequent screenings will also have a portion donated to a charity chosen by the special guest.
Stardust explores personal and racial identity, self-criticism, and the power of self-actualisation in a multi-layered production. It draws inspiration from Greek mythology, contemporary fantasy, and even Andy Warhol. The concept is inspired by the three Moirai (or Fates); divine women who spun the thread of mortality and determined the span of birth to death.
Speaking about the production, Jarrar said: “I am a first generation American. My late father was descended from indigenous Palestinians on the West Bank and grew up in Jordan, while my mother is from Sri Lanka. B L Foxley’s text immediately caught my eye because it is written from a multiracial perspective.”
Describing her own personal connection to the work, African-American soprano Victoria Davis said: “Stardust in 2020 is especially meaningful to me due to the climate of our nation and the entire world. There has never been a time before where those who have historically been oppressed or unseen have been heard or seen on such a clear and meaningful level of understanding. These pieces showcase both internal and external battles that we all have.”
Poet and writer BL Foxley said the production is a “tribute to her love of the fantasy genre,” particularly given that people of colour have historically been underrepresented in it.
The production was directed by John de los Santos and shot entirely on smartphones, in accordance with social distancing guidelines, before undergoing professional editing.
TICKETS FOR STARDUST
All performances will be followed by a livestreamed post-show discussion with members of the creative team and a special guest moderator. The duration of the entire event is one hour.
Stardust streaming showtimes:
- Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8pm EST – Melinda Lopez (special guest)
- Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 3pm EST – Chay Jones
- Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8pm EST – Jasmine Rice LaBeija
- Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3pm EST – Malcolm Hansen
Tickets are $20 and are on sale through Eventbrite via Helios Opera’s website: http://www.heliosopera.com/projects/stardust
Image: Helios Opera