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Literati is pleased to host Fifth Wall Performing Arts as they present Songs from Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, a new opera. The event is free and open to the public.
Songs from this upcoming opera will be presented alongside some classics from both folk and classical vocal traditions. A suggested donation of $10 will be greatly appreciated. Proceeds will go towards funding the cast and crew of the opera.
Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region is a new opera for folk and classical singers that follows the journey of Orna, a trans-woman as she grapples with self-acceptance and with herself. She travels to the north of Michigan, guided by the Mother of Trees, to transform into a white-pine that will sit upon Chapel Rock, on the edge of Lake Superior, overlooking it all. The opera will receive its premiere on August 28 - 29th at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse.
Fifth Wall Performing Arts is confronting: calling into question the institutions of performative art-making by dismantling the suspension of disbelief and by creating work that is personal, intimate, and unabashed. As an interdisciplinary performance collective, Fifth Wall produces works of opera, theatre, and music that call into question the very nature of who these art forms are for, and by what means— what vessel, what landscape— stories, histories, and mythologies are shared.