Sonnets to Orpheus is a multidisciplinary song cycle for voice, string quartet, ukulele and harmonium. The work is set to Stephen Mitchell’s translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s cycle of poems, which Mitchell has called an “utter acceptance of everything that is alive and earthly… the wholeness, the transfigured body of these poems, is a return to the simplest human experiences of seeing and breathing, beyond thought.”

“Only in a city such as Los Angeles would we be able to conceive of a project that holds space for exploring the lines between theatre, film and concert. We are interested in creating an immersive sonic and visual environment that transcends the form of the song cycle.” —Danielle Birrittella

The cycle is scored by 13 composers: Aoife O’Donovan, Jherek Bischoff, Ellen Reid, Qasim Naqvi, Christopher Rountree, Andrew Rowan, Bobby Halvorson, Tim Carr, Danielle Birrittella, Greg Uhlmann, Kyle Sanna, Sheena Wenger, Areni Agbabian and Derek Stein.

LOCATION: Bootleg Theater
DATES: September 22 & 25
RUN TIME: 60 minutes
Festival Passes available HERE. 

Created & Performed by Danielle Birrittella
Dramaturgy & Choreography by Alexis Macnab

Carlos Felipe Silva– violin
Caroline Ewan– violin
Tess Scott-Suhrstedt – viola
Vardan Gasparyan – cello

Video Design by Keith Skretch & Hana Sooyeon Kim
Scenic Design by Yao Zhang
Costume Design by Beryl Brachman
Sound Design by Harlow Price

The development of SONNETS TO ORPHEUS has been supported, in part, by the California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities program through NEW/NET, a project of Los Angeles Performance Practice and Automata, and the CalArts School of Theater.