A Bird’s-Eye View from Tláloc López-Watermann, Lighting Designer

I am very happy to designing this world premier of Giver of Light. I have been very fortunate to be part of Guerrilla Opera’s mission to bring new operas to the world since 2010 with our production of Heart of a Dog by Rudolf Rojahn. I am so happy to be part of a group that puts so much care into fostering new work. In the opera world it can be difficult to leave the standard cannon. Needless to say Guerilla Opera is brave and needed.

performance-1-SmallPhoto by Stephanie J. Patalano

Creativity flows in the collaborative atmosphere. First we all react to the libretto and music, then we react to the performances of the wonderful ensemble we get to see come to life in rehearsal (sometimes through recordings and video). The director, Andrew Eggert, the scenic designer Julia Noulin-Merat, the costume designer Neil Fortin, the props designer Anita Shriver, and myself all converge with differing but similar points of view and expertise in the technical rehearsal working towards the common goal of making this show. It is a magical process and you always see more than you would ever imagine evolve out of it.

Furthermore, it has been so fascinating for me to be in the final technical rehearsals having the composer, Adam Roberts, in the room to see his reactions to our design responses to his work, and seeing him encounter new things about the piece and for us to be pushed further by his imaginations about the piece. I cherish the Guerilla opera model for this reason. The composer experiencing his composition come to life is a fantastic thing to see.

The beautiful thing about this piece is that it speaks to the journey that every person takes to reach greater understanding and peace within themselves for themselves. The process of remembering to look inward for the happiness we seek. Focusing on one’s inner detached self rather than focusing on whether the world has given you enough to be happy. John’s (Jonas Burdis’) beautiful wife Elena (Aliana de la Guardia), child Brian (Jennifer Ashe), home, car, and otherwise are not enough, unbeknownst to his conscious being. When he encounters Darren (Brian Church) that turns his gaze inward, he begins the transformation. The question the director and the design team had to ask ourselves was, how much do we bring the audience with us in that transformation? I will leave that there in hoping that you will come to see the show and find out for yourself what we did.

I invite you to take this journey with us and enjoy the show!

Tláloc López-Watermann
Boston, May 22, 2013

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