Bindlestiff Studio, located in the heart of SOMA. Established in 1997, the studio is the only permanent, community-based performing arts venue in the nation dedicated to showcasing emerging Filipino-American and Pilipino artists. The brothers of Chi Rho Omicron, XPO recently honored them by hosting the Tonite Show in their benefit, even having Nicole Maxali perform. It was a wonderful show and we would like to thank Nicole for her performance on Thursday. Bindlestiff Studio has another show coming up that we hope you come out and see. It will surely be entertaining for the whole family to watch.
Keep it up Bindlestiff!
and the Paul Dresher Ensemble
Certitude and Joy
a chamber opera by Erling Wold
22 March through 25 March 2012, 8 pm
29 March through 1 April 2012, 8 pm
Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th Street, San Francisco
$25 students / seniors / underemployed
direction: Jim Cave
musical direction: Bryan Nies
set design: Mikiko Uesugi
lighting: Clyde Sheets
costumes: Laura Hazlett
management: Catherine Reser
Bob Ernst and Talya Patrick
Laura Bohn and Jo Vincent Parks
Kerry Mehling and Travis Rowland
and the ZOFO duet, Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Marie Zimmerman
The mind is its own place, and the places inhabited by the insane and the exceptionally gifted are so different from the places where ordinary men and women live, that there is little or no common ground of memory to serve as a basis for understanding or fellow feeling. –Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception (1952)
Certitude & Joy was prompted by the true story of Lashaun Harris, who in 2005, claiming to have received direction from God, threw her three children to their death off of a fishing pier in San Francisco. Harris’ religious belief, together with the evidence of her madness, captured Wold’s imagination. Wold’s libretto for Certitude & Joy is a semi-autobiographical work that mixes Harris’ story with Wold’s own early struggles to reconcile faith and rationality. How could she be so certain of God’s voice in the face of such a terrible act? Wold grew up in a religious family and, in his youth, longed for the kind of religious experience that would give his the certainty of faith that held his parents. But he was also afraid of the consequences of religious certitude.
Over the last 15 years, Erling Wold’s Fabrications has produced a half-dozen major works including Queer, a treatment of the William Burroughs novel of the same name; Blinde Liebe, about a murder by juveniles; A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, about a young woman on the eve of her entrance into a convent; Sub Pontio Pilato, an historical fantasy about Pontius Pilate; and Mordake, about a man with a second face on the back of his head. Certitude & Joy continues Wold’s artistic exploration of the topics of religion and madness.