Frankfurt-based Exsultate Project is teaming up with Helio Arts Streaming Platform to present “Obscura Nox.”
The showcase, which is a modern retelling of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” features Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate” and new music by Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habib. The 26-minute film stars mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson and dancer Evie Poaros.
“‘Obscura Nox’ explores themes of isolation, the relationship between perception and reality, and society’s addiction to morphine on our screens,” Dawson said in an official statement. “The human mind has an incredible ability to create its own experience. I wanted to create a fantastic exploration of someone moving from an outward focus on screens and media to an inward focus and how, paradoxically, this allows him to engage more fully with the outside world.
The production was directed by Mary Birnhbaum and choreographed by Claudia Shreier. The chamber ensemble, led by violinist Guillaume Faraut, included musicians from the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, the Staatstheater Darmstadt and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
Audiences can view “Obscura Nox” directly through the Helios Arts streaming platform.