This is an ever-evolving story of a girl writer and her two greatest loves, the movies and travel. As she hikes the trenches of Hollywood, you're brought along for the ride.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

"Invisible Cities" Journey

An intoxicating wave of music begins to waft throughout the room.  You find yourself in a room full of strangers, yet you feel connected to them in a way you can't quite explain.  Moments later, you're on a journey guided by your own imagination, experiencing something quite magical on an ordinary evening.  The music continues as you move throughout an environment you'd recognized just minutes earlier.  Wasn't this just a train station in downtown Los Angeles?  It was the last you looked.  Oh, but now it's coming alive with dancers and opera singers.  They're cavorting within the gardens and courtyards as dazzled and bewildered onlookers watch. 

This is the experience of "Invisible Cities," an interactive opera of sorts, sponsored by the Industry and LA Dance Project.  Based on the novel by Italo Calvino, "Invisible Cities" has become a surprisingly successful take on opera.  As many art forms and dance companies struggle financially, the creative team behind "Invisible Cities" has found a way to attract traditional opera and dance patrons as well as newcomers looking for a unique night out.  (I saw the show on Halloween, which only added to the experience.)

Each guest on the "Invisible Cities" journey is given a set of wireless headphones, powered by Sennheiser.  Once the overture has concluded, guests are free to roam the grounds of Union Station while experiencing the words and music.  As guests roam during the 75 minute show, performers and dancers delight and surprise by appearing throughout Union Station. 

While the show may not be for everyone, it's certainly innovative.  And popular!  Out of the starting gate, it's SOLD OUT 18 performances straight and has recently been extended to mid November.  For more information, see their website:

Music and Libretto by Christopher Cerrone
Based on the novel by Italo Calvino
Directed by Yuval Sharon
LA Dance Project Company:
Founding Director, Benjamin Millepied

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