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ICE at Peak Performances | The Force of Things

  • Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University | Montclair, NJ 1 Normal Avenue Montclair New Jersey (map)
Ashley Fure is ‘one of the finest young composers around.’
— The New York Times

Friday, October 6 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 7 @ 3:00 pm
Saturday, October 7 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 8 @ 3:00 pm

From Montclair State University:

“Tones made tactile, objects made audible, noise made beautiful.” That’s how The New York Times describes Ashley Fure’s work. In her world, all materials are potent and active with lives of their own. We often take things for granted, but Fure does not. She has given them their own voice and consciousness in The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects. This wordless drama, created with her architect brother Adam Fure and the International Contemporary Ensemble, “probes the animate vitality of matter.” The audience sits beneath a canopy of familiar and exotic objects, while performers spur them into action and singers, like the sirens of mythology, shout and whisper warnings, luring the audience into an entirely new way of listening.

Lucy Dhegrae, voice
Alice Teyssier, voice
Dustin Donahue, percussion
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Ross Karre, percussion
Levy Lorenzo, electronics
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Erin Rogers, percussion 

Ashley Fure’s The Force of Things is made possible by generous commitments from the International Contemporary Ensemble: First Page Program, University of Michigan Office of Research, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Dartmouth College Provost’s Office Seed-Funding Program, Miller Theater at Columbia University (NYC) and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD). This project was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from New Music USA project grants. With the friendly support of Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.