Video Examples from “It is She Who I See”

Excerpts from Performance of It is She Who I See

This is a series of excerpts from the performance video of It is She Who I See recorded at the Ritz Theater on November 15, 2012.  Scenes included in this series of excerpts include:

  • The Hill has Something to Say
  • On the Hill
  • Gentle Rain
  • Beauty Is…
  • On the Hill 2
  • Alice: Key
  • SHE Is…

Credits

Craig R Harris, Artistic Director

music by Craig R Harris
"On the Hill" music by Shape: Craig R Harris, Viv Corringham & Steve Goldstein
"The Hill has Something to Say" - poem by Rita Dove

Viv Corringham            Vocalist, On the Hill
Randall Davidson         Cello, She
Tim Donahue               Creative Audio Mixing and Sound Processing
Steve Goldstein           Electronics, On the Hill
Mike Grogan               Lighting Design
Paul Herwig               Performer and Artistic Collaborator
Merilee Klemp             English Horn, Alice (Threshold)
Candy Kuehn               Image and Costume Design
Norah Long                Soprano, The Hill has Something to Say
Kym Longhi                Project Midwife
Jim Peitzman              Projection Design
Tim Wilkins               Production Manager
Zeitgeist                 New Music Ensemble, Alice (Threshold)

“The Hill Has Something to Say” from Museum: Poems by Rita Dove, Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh, PA. © 1992 by Rita Dove. Reprinted by permission of the author

(c) 2012

Excerpt from Projection Design for The Hill has Something to Say

Here is an example of Jim Peitzman’s projection design for “The Hill has Something to Say” This is projected onto a stage with multiple scrims hung in different locations, with cascading images and multiple projectors. Norah Long sings, and Candy Kuehn’s imagery of the hill envelopes the space.

Music by Craig Harris
Poem by Rita Dove
Norah Long – Soprano
Craig Harris – piano
Costumes and Digital Illustration – Candy Kuehn
Projection Design – Jim Peitzman

Examples from “The Making of It is She Who I See

And here are some selected video clips from our recent workshop/recording session/special event “The Making of It is She Who I See.”

Excerpt from The Hill has Something to Say

Norah Long sings Rita Dove’s poem “The Hill has Something to Say” at the workshop, audio/video recording session and special event “The Making of It is She Who I See,” September 17, 2012. Earlier in It is She Who I See the original woman hands off her coat to Norah to carry forward as she considers the depth and meaning of all that has unfolded through time on the hill, and ponders the thread that holds all time together in us.

Norah’s performance was recorded during the recent workshop in both audio and video formats. The audio performance will become part of the CD “It is She Who I See” that is being created for the November show. The video will become part of the projection design for the November show, where Norah’s presence is “injected” into the immersive performance space.

“The Hill has Something to Say” was originally commissioned for soprano Renée Fleming, and premiered at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hull in 2000.  The commission was underwritten by the American Composers Forum, with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation, and by the Hanson Institute for American Music.

Music by Craig Harris
Poem by Rita Dove
Norah Long – Soprano
Craig Harris – piano
Costumes and Digital Illustration – Candy Kuehn
Projection Design – Jim Peitzman
Set Design – Craig Harris, with Hourglass set piece by Paul Herwig

Excerpt from On the Hill

In this piece the group performs a deconstruction of Rita Dove’s poem “The Hill has Something to Say” at the workshop, audio/video recording session and special event “The Making of It is She Who I See,” September 17, 2012.
Music performed by the ensemble Shape, an experimental improvisation ensemble comprised of Viv Corringham (vocalist), Stephen Goldstein (laptops and various electronics and controllers) and Craig Harris (real time sampling and processing). Viv extemporizes with a broad vocal palette, with and without words; Stephen draws upon his vast toolbox of sounds, controllers and live performance techniques; and Craig records and processes them both, feeding the material back into the mix to create a sound fabric that the three “shape” together.

Costumes and Digital Illustration – Candy Kuehn

Projection Design – Jim Peitzman
Set Design – Craig Harris, with Hourglass set piece by Paul Herwig

Excerpt from She: Gentle Rain

Paul Herwig performs “She” at the workshop, audio/video recording session and special event “The Making of It is She Who I See,” September 17, 2012. Randall Davidson on cello, and Craig Harris on piano play Harris’ Suite for Piano Cello. The five movements of the suite correspond to Paul Herwig’s five depictions of “She.”

Music by Craig Harris

Paul Herwig – performer
Craig Harris – piano
Randall Davidson – cello
Costumes and Digital Illustration – Candy Kuehn
Projection Design – Jim Peitzman
Set Design – Craig Harris, with Hourglass set piece by Paul Herwig
Kym Longhi – project midwife

Excerpt from the Community Engagement part of the program

The audience put on wearable art by local artists and designers, and were invited onto the stage to experience the immersive multimedia environment at the workshop, audio/video recording session and special event “The Making of It is She Who I See,” September 17, 2012. Project midwife Kym Longhi directed the participants in the on-stage activity, where they explored aspects of Beauty and “She-ness.” By revealing and bringing awareness to the state of the gender imbalance, the audience is encouraged to interfere with what has become the norm in our world.

We recorded their presence in the environment to incorporate into the projection design for the November show, representing people who have been “on the hill” in times past, or who will be there in the future. Wearable Art for video shoot provided by Candy Kuehn, Sandra Brick, Gini Corrick, Carol Hallman, and Anna Lee.

Music by Craig Harris

Projection Design – Jim Peitzman
Set Design – Craig Harris, with Hourglass set piece by Paul Herwig
Kym Longhi – project midwife