is a live video opera by Carla Canales and Carlos Johns-Dávila exploring paradigms of cultural identity through Spanish poetry. The two Latin American collaborators use text from Federico García Lorca's “Canciones Españoles Antiguas” to connect characteristics of duende and reinterpret songs involving human relationships and desire.
The visual treatment by Johns-Dávila involves real-time control and reliable interactivity, in the spirit of spontaneous creation and utilizing the raw and ethereal power of duende. The system used to illustrate the text will synthesize audio and visual components against a spatial layer of interactivity by the performer. Such framework welcomes improvisation as a method of navigation to discover her “duende”, including a depth camera and several programming languages to multiple layers of video, in order to reveal the concept.
Each iteration of the work will be unique to the performance space while maintaining a minimal set up for any sized venue. This design accommodates non-traditional performance spaces and allows opera to be accessible to a wider variety of concert-goers and pedestrians. Our goal in every performance is to evoke the duende within our audiences, especially those of younger generations who identify across multiple cultural backgrounds through hybrid genres of art
Clips from experiments in Isadora to creative live interactive video performances.