Created memories fuse with visual music in the multimedia production of The Dream in Captivity. A string quartet and a live band will collaborate to perform a 60-minute collection of songs written and arranged by CLIFF DWELLER.
The musical set is reminiscent of a film score in which the spirits of Bernard Hermann and Krzysztof Penderecki surface to underscore an electronic soundscape of dialogue and drones mixed with images of Americana to unsettle the soul. Oliver Bernsen's large-scale oil paintings will line the theater's periphery, enclosing their audience within an imminent world - portraits of moments never intent on being captured.
These forgotten touchstones will make the viewer nostalgic for a place they barely knew, somewhere along the course from romanticism to reality
CLIFF DWELLER is a sonic/visual project by Ari Balouzian and friends, Balouzian is a classically trained violist, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer whose work has been showcased across three albums and numerous audio/visual collaborations. A finalist for the 2011 Sundance Composer's Lab, Balouzian's work has also been featured in various film/television projects winning a Telly Award for Best Use of Music in a Commercial in 2012. Recent projects include compositions for a feature length documentary on soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injury from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan called Along Recovery and a documentary on avante-garde stage director Robert Wilson.
OLIVER BERNSEN is an artist working in the mediums of film, painting and construction. He has been working as a production designer on various feature and short films. Recent projects include the features 25 Hill, 3 Day Test, and Nightmare Code. Personal projects include multiple audio visual collaborations with Ari Balouzian's Cliff Dweller: Oil, Escercesm, and Ghosts of the Dustbowl. These collaborations have encompassed installation work, illustration and film. He has also photographed 2 campaigns for CYDWOQ shoes. He has studied film at Chapman and is currently studying digital animation at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects.
Music written & arranged by CLIFF DWELLER Art by Oliver Bernsen
Musicians: Ari Balouzian, Max Whipple, Kane Ritchotte, Carey Singer , Spencer Ludwig, Jen Schwartz, Candy Bilyk, Haruna Madono, Zoe Lambert; Vocals: Andrea Adolph, Davis LeDuke Electronics and Sound: Adam Fienberg/Astral Collective Produced by Ella Hatamian with Henry Bernsen
Variety Arts Theater (View)
940 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015