Collaborations

Interference Arts and Artistic Director Craig Harris collaborate with artists and arts organizations on a variety of projects.

 

 

Off-Leash Area

Dancing on the Belly of the Beast

Photo: Scott Pakudaitis

Off-Leash Area’s latest main stage show appeared at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis in June 2017, and I’m honored to have collaborated on this production. I wrote the music, and performed live at the show. Inspired by Co-Artistic Director Jennifer Ilse’s own personal experiences as an adult orphan, the show explores the universality of grief and death, and specifically the intense transition into this life stage which we all expect to reach when all of our parents have gone. Beast is a beautiful, ritualistic memorial, speaking to the intricacies of our family relationships, the complexities of grief, the voyage from guilt to gratitude, and finally to a freedom of the spirit.

 

 

The sound composition, played live by Craig Harris, enhances the dreamlike solemnity.

                                                                                                        June 25, 2017 by Caroline Palmer in the Star Tribune

Learn more about Dancing on the Belly of the Beast here.

AfterWind

 

"Afterwind" by Off-Leash Area

Photo by Bill Cameron

In 2016 Craig Harris was commissioned by the dance theater company Off-Leash Area to create a music soundscape for their main stage show AfterWind, produced in July 2016. AfterWind explores the emotional and psychic repercussions of a terrorist bombing. In the fraught moments after a terrorist attack, death will randomly choose some, while the rest are left to witness unfolding events and wrestle with the most intimate and powerful of fears: our mortality. Immersing the audience in a 360-degree art and dance installation, AfterWind is simultaneously a sensitive meditation on the universal experience of facing our mortality and an examination of the personal, public, and political anxiety that arises from large-scale violence.

 

“The performers are largely silent, with the soundtrack provided by a Craig Harris soundscape that may be the real star of the show. Reminiscent of avant-garde tape experiments from the mid-20th century, Harris’s score of rumblings and distant
moans is strange and fascinating. Conventional music would also have worked for this piece, but Harris’s sound
creates a distinctive experience.”
                                                                             Monday, July 25, 2016 by Jay Gabler in Arts & Leisure

 

Learn more about AfterWind here.

 

Stripe & Spot (Learn to) Get Along

 

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Photo from performance video by Steven Campbell

 

Craig Harris composed and produced the music for Off-Leash Area’s new touring production “Stripe & Spot (Learn to) Get Along.” The initial production launched on June 6-8, 2014, and the tour took place in September and October 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Espaland calls it “wildly imaginative, sophisticated and very funny” on Minnpost. Sophie Kerman calls it “fun and refreshing” on Aisle Say Twin Cities, and highlights Paul Herwig and Taous Khazem as “engaging performers.”

 

Learn more about Stripe and Spot (Learn to) Get Along here.

 

 

Katha Dance Theatre

 

Rubaiyat – a Life in a Day

 

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Photo by Eric Saulitis

 

Craig Harris created the projection design and served as design dramaturg for Katha Dance Theatre’s show “Rubaiyat,” which was produced at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts November 7-9, 2014. As a member of the artistic development team Harris collaborated to create the scenario. Artist Candy Kuehn created digital illustrations for the show.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about KDT’s Rubaiyat – a Life in a Day here.

 

 

Red Eye Theater

 

The Secret Lives of Coats

 

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Craig Harris was the Music Director and Pianist for The Secret Lives of Coats, a play by Stephanie Fleischmann, with music by Christina Campanella, directed by Hayley Finn.

Red Eye Theater kicked off their 31st season with the world premiere of a quirky musical in which three coatcheck girls confide their hopes and dreams via a network of tin can telephones, and our most precious treasures disappear into the holes in the pockets of our coats. The show is a charming riff on class and aspirations that taps into the post-crash, recession-era mentality.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about The Secret Lives of Coats here.

 

 

 

Step in Time Theater

 

Why We Laugh

 

Performance of Why We Laugh in the Czech Republic

Performance of Why We Laugh in the Czech Republic

 

 

In 2011 we worked on the artistic team to create Why We Laugh, a play written by playwright Kira Obolensky about a cabaret that was written in the Terezin ghetto/transport camp during World War II. Craig Harris adapted music from fragments that were discovered with the cabaret script, created new music for the play, and served as the Music Director for a production that toured in the Czech Republic. Find out more about this project here.

 

 

 Learn more about Why We Laugh here.

 

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre

 

     ConVivir – 7 Dances to a More Compassionate World

 

 

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Photo by Jim Smith

 

In 2014 we collaborated with Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre to create ConVivir – 7 Dances to a More Compassionate World – creating the visual design, serving as design dramaturg, and integrating costumes created by designer Candy Kuehn. The show was produced in April 2014 at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.

 

 

 

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Photo by Jim Smith

 

Artistic Director Susana di Palma’s latest work, ConVivir – 7 Dances to a More Compassionate World, was one of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre’s most ambitious projects to date, transporting audiences to the passionate world of the Convivencia (“coexistence”) period in Spanish history when Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together in an atmosphere that was remarkable for its cultural vitality and lack of religious strife.

 

 

 

 

Directed and choreographed by Susana di Palma, audiences were mesmerized by such acclaimed modern world masters of flamenco, hip hop, and Sephardic music and movement as Amir-John Haddad, José Salinas, Arcadio Marin, David Jordan Harris, Antonio Arrebola, Judith Brin Ingber, La Conja and Zorongo dancers.

 

 Learn more about ConVivir here.