As The Beast And Dragon Clash
August 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$25
|The Beast and Dragon Clash is a psychedelic opera, a mythology of coming times, and a hard look at the place that governments and the corporations they serve have take us.. Come with us as our young hero, Alicia, embarks on a shamanic journey which has her navigating between the Beast–representing the system which seeks to exert absolute control over us–and the Dragon–a magical force, always destroying and creating.
The Best and Dragon Clash (B&DC) incorporates jazz, soul, classical, rock, heavy metal and other genres, and features dance, art, and a video installation. Three years in the making, the B&DC represents–and is represented by–some of the greatest artists in Washington DC:
The opera features the recorded voices of Raheem Devaughn, Christie Dashiell, and Solomon Howard,
The live performances–the Grand Opening is August 11th at the Anacostia Arts Center–features famed DC singers Imani-Grace Cooper, Sitali Siyolwe, Courtney Dowe, Yaya Balbed, and Theresa Watson, as well as musical performances by Noble Jolley, Eliot Seppa, Joe Herrera, Elijah Easton, and Pete Muldoon, with music direction and performance by Dante Pope.
Choreography is by Gwendolyn Goodwin; we are blessed to have dancers Shannon White and Christine Rebecca Jenkins performing live.
Stagecraft, stage design, and puppetry by the dynamic Puerto Rican duo of Garwin Zamora Josarie Molina.
Allyn Johnson acted as studio engineer and all around musical genius during the recording of the LP, with contributions by Wes Felton and Awthentic.
Artwork and animation by the wizardry of Iain Welland. With a comic book of this opera in the works. Stay tuned.
Grand Opening August 11th 2018 at the Anacostia Arts Center. This is a beautiful space and were feeling very lucky to have the opportunity to open East of the River.
Please join us in a dystopian future set a week before the collapse of modern civilization due to complete exhaustion and destruction of vital resources. Sound familiar? And yet, beneath the drones of despair from the doomed consumers, a consonance of dissidents emerges. Curiosity and the love of life, despite the loss of hope, leads Alicia to the Dragon, and through his eyes she carves out a new reality.
Funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Guitarist and composer Pete Muldoon is a local artist who has performed on both the national and international stage from DC to Turkey to Indonesia. In 2013 he was named Best Guitar Player by the Washington City Paper.