Songs From the Labyrinth was a performance of music from the Renaissance to French impressionism and beyond with a cast of voices, piano, multiple flutes and aerial acrobatics in the hidden recesses of converted factory Yuanfen~Flow 798 Art Zone in Beijing, China. Co-produced with the inimitably fabulous Kate Smith, and troopers too many too mention in a single breath.*
- Bartok: Tambourine, Allegro Molto (from Sonata), Barcarolle, The Night’s Music, Ne Hagyi Itt!
- Respighi: Musica in horto, Egle
- Stravinsky: Pastorale
- Debussy: La flute de Pan (arranged with flute), Beau Soir
- Handle: Ombra mai fu (arranged for choir and ukulele)
- Ravel: In una selva oscura, Sur l’herbe, Les Grands Vents Venus D’Outremer
- Faure: Claire de lune
- Golijov: Lua descolorida
- Gremo: Preludes
- Messiaen, La Merle Noir
- Gesualdo: O vos omnes
- Lithuanian traditional: Sutartine
Excerpts from lyrics
- Rose gardens … secret orchards… liquid lamentation
- A lonely soul…in hidden dances…nymphs…secret shadows of the leaves …the most restless spirit saddens
- For we pass away as the wave passes: the wave to the sea, we to the grave
- Charmed by masquers and revelers…sad beneath their fanciful disguises
- The song of green frogs starting with the night
- Cobblestones beneath our feet become foam…trembles and shimmers…curtain of greenery…locked in his dark freshness
The event raised funds for NGO Chi-Heng Foundation that provide support to people affected by HIV/AIDS. Children’s art work, reflecting on an education program about HIV, was exhibited and auctioned at the event space.
*Musicians: Bruce Gremo (flute), Denny Xu (character), Debbie-Lee van Ginkel (dance), Heike Kagler (cello), Nine Gates Polyphony: Xiaoxiao, Sophie Smith, Ching-Ping Lin, Jenny Hsi, Heather Mowbray, Mariana Savchenko, Joshua Dominick, Calvin Quek, Robert Earley, Li Yao; Aloyse de la Ronde and Peter Behr (ukulele). Direction by Anita Boladeros. Lighting by Joshua Beard. Stage Management by Todd Higueras de Gonzales.