Recently, I was very proud to have directed the critically-acclaimed run of the original, multi-media opera, Song from the Uproar, composed by Missy Mazzoli, and performed at the Kitchen in NYC.  In case you missed Song from the Uproar, below you will find a few of the accolades we received which I am pleased to be able to share with you.

“FIVE STARS!…director Gia Forakis’s fluid, gently hieratic choreography … contributes to the magic of this extraordinary piece, a paean to a woman whose indomitable spirit sings on, even in death.”

– Time Out New York, By Marion Lignana Rosenberg (full article here)

“The emotional efficacy and irresistible magnetism of Ms. Fischer’s performance and in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli’s score you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound.”

–  The New York Times, By Steve Smith (full article here)

“Powerful and New…. Gia Forakis’ ingenious multimedia staging was built on stylized gesture, incorporating soft-focus black-and-white films by Stephen Taylor that suggested the inner and outer lives of the protagonist without being prescriptive.”

– The Wall Street Journal, By Heidi Waleson (full article here)

“Director Gia Forakis deserves the highest praise for her work.  She and her team conceived and choreographed a stunning artwork of sight and sound that worked extremely well the intimate space of The Kitchen, but would not feel out of place on a larger stage as well. Song from the Uproar is a thrilling drama that deserves to be performed many more times in the future.”

– I Care If You By Lauren Alfano (full article here)

“Mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer… uses the repetitions of musical lines and choreographed movement (courtesy of director Gia Forakis) as a means of understanding her character’s own state of being, the way a burgeoning reader would sound out the same word until it clicked in their head… a cool 75 minutes that packs a Ring–worthy punch… a meticulously maintained Versailles of abstraction and atmosphere.”

– Operavore, By Olivia Giovetti (full article here)

Photos by James Matthew Daniel © 2012

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