Sonnambula Michael Bodel
Sonnambula is produced through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), which provides commissions, development and full production support. With support in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Sonnambula received a Seed Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation and early developmental support through the St. Ann's Warehouse Puppet Lab.
Sonnambula played in the Mainstage from Nov 10 to Nov 19, 2011.
About the show
Lavender, cedar, must and gaudy perfume. Sonnambula is a multi-modal work that plunges beneath the surface of Vincenzo Bellini's melodious opera "La Sonnambula". The sensorial meta journey zooms into the clouded consciousness of the sleepwalker through puppetry, dance, smell, and a distilled arrangement of live vocals and cello.
11/13: Scent and the Live Arts
with sensorial installation artist Laure Drougul
11/17: Opera on Mixed Scales
with director/designer Amy Trompetter & operatic performer Hai-Ting Chinn
Sonnambula is a Dream Music Puppetry Presentation.
by Michael Bodel
In collaboration with soprano Casey Cole
Cello and arrangements by Malina Rauschenfels
Lighting and atmospherics by Ayumu "Poe" Saegusa
Puppetry: Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith, Kate Brehm, Kirsten Kammermeyer, Katie Sasso
Movement: Cheri Paige Fogleman & Katherine Lung
Puppetry, Choreography and Design: Michael Bodel
Original Music: Vincenzo Bellini
Musical Direction: Casey Cole
Arrangement: Malina Rauschenfels
Costumes: Hunter Kaczorowski
Projections: Hannah Wasileski
Additional Puppet Choreography: Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith
Additional Puppet Design: Diana Ho
- “In this intriguing riff on Bellini’s bel canto mystery La Sonnambula from erudite choreographer Michael Bodel, nonvisual senses, particularly the aural and the olfactory, are heightened to immerse the audience in the titular sleepwalker’s hazy dream world.”
- — Time Out New York
- “an immensely unique vision, incorporating choreography and aromatics in new ways.”
- — Exeunt
- “live music, dance, dramatic lighting, and even scents... draw the audience in.”
- — New York magazine