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Video streamed event and on demand: The Island We Made

Watch online on www.operaphila.tvOpera PhiladelphiaRecorded at Opera Philadelphia Channel, Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Thursday 19 March 202020:00
On demand until Tuesday 30 November 2021 23:59

The Island We Made combines ethereal electronic music and the transformative art of drag lip-sync to explore familial relationships and a multi-generational depiction of “Mother.” A haunting lullaby formed from the memories and individual relationships of its collaborators—acclaimed composer Angélica Negrón, drag superstar Sasha Velour, and renowned filmmaker Matthew PlacekThe Island We Made is a uniquely intimate art-opera film.

Velour, the beloved winner of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" Season 9, is known for storytelling in her performances. As the film’s omniscient narrator, who she imagines as “the embodiment of queerness,” Velour lip-syncs to the music sung by vocalist Eliza Bagg.

Negrón’s music, described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2), blends trembling synths, pulsating drones, and ‘90s micro-samples from the soundtrack of her childhood. Harpist Bridget Kibbey joins her.

Three Ways to Watch: Available on-demand starting Friday, March 19, with a Season Pass or Digital Commissions Bundle until May 31, 2021, or with a seven-day rental.

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