Posted in music | tour dates on January 16, 2014

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The rise and fall of infamous lip synching pop duo Milli Vanilli will be the subject of a new experimental opera, titled WOW, being developed at downtown Brooklyn's BRIC House by composer Joe Diebes, poet Christian Hawkey and director David Levine:

Milli Vanilli's troubled history is not only tragically operatic in terms of its story; it is also a tragedy of the digital. WOW challenges the endless repetition of the CD-skip moment that led to the destruction of the pop duo's career with a real-time opera production environment in which the score, libretto, and staging intersect differently during each performance, evoking news ways of thinking and feeling about a story that's not as simple as it first may seem.

The developmental version of WOW uses nearly all of the architectural spaces inside BRIC House (gallery, ballroom/performance space, media production room, rehearsal studio and Project Room) as a laboratory for a multi-layered experience. Using Milli Vanilli's four major videos as cardinal points on, and settings for, their journey, Levine's staging of WOW continues his examination of the relation of performance to labor by taking the audience through BRIC's various spaces as they witness Milli Vanilli's rise and fall.

Sound interesting? You can catch "work in process" stagings of WOW at BRIC on January 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and February 1. Tickets are on sale now.

For more info on WOW, you can watch an interview with creators Diebes, Hawkey and Levine below...

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Comments (10)

The Knife or Britney Spears should sing at this show

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:50 PM

damn this conflicts with the Pizza Underground show. decisions decisions

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 1:51 PM

This is *exactly* the kind of shit that killed New York City Opera.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 2:05 PM

Will they be singing live or will it be lip synched?

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 2:12 PM

Jesus, if there's any group of people that can appreciate this sort of junk it would be the Billyburg set. Suitable that it's showing in Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 2:17 PM

^ This

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 2:38 PM

RIP Rob. Or was it Fab?

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 3:01 PM

I came here to echo 2:12's legitimate query.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 3:58 PM

^ It was Rob. Fabrice is still out there somewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 4:03 PM

White people.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2014 4:19 PM

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