Down Below, or the Womb of Worlds, spring 2015, was a feature-length shadow-opera co-created and performed with the musical group Spires That In The Sunset Rise, and hosted by Bedlam Theatre in St. Paul, MN. The performance was based on the life and work of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington, one of the great surrealist painters and authors of the 20th Century. Shadow puppetry, projections, and narration combined with music coursing throughout the production in a dreamlike fashion. We curated an extensive program of appropriate local music and performance acts to open or close each performance, including Paul Metzger, Land, Circadia (Crystal Myslajek of Brute Heart and John Marks), International Novelty Gamelan, Carly Wicks, John Zuma St. Pelvyn and Mar Harbrine (of Skoal Kodiak).
In addition to the creative core of myself and Spires, we were joined by puppeteer Liz Schachterle and percussionist Kevin Cosgrove (Transitional Species).