The following is excerpted from a release issued by Landon Krentz.
Deaf-led ASL opera Jesse is being created in Vancouver by Deaf playwright and performer Landon Krentz. The new work challenges social and artistic practices by integrating sign language into the DNA of the opera. The result: a unique performance that will invite Deaf and hearing artists and audiences to experience the rhythmic and expressive structures of sign language and opera and a newly forged intersection between Deaf theatre and classical music.
Landon Krentz and re:Naissance Opera will present Jesse: An ASL Opera in a workshop reading on Monday June 24th @ 7pm at the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver. The workshop will showcase excerpts from the new ASL opera and introduce its creators and their working process. Following the presentation, a group-led discussion will welcome feedback from the Deaf and hearing community that will guide the next phase of writing and experimentation.
For more information on this pay-what-you-can performance, click here.