2008

The culmination of her life's work, Lesley Dill's new opera Divide Light is based on the complete works of poet Emily Dickinson. Lesley conceived of this opera, was the artistic director and collaborated with composer, Richard Marriott. Divide Light follows a dramatic and emotional contour, exploring a range of emotions from vulnerability and fear to ecstasy, joy and exhilaration.

Divide Light premiered August 13, 2008 at the Montalvo Arts Center and featured performances by Del String Quartet; the 45-voices of The Choral Project; Jennifer Goltz, soprano; Kathleen Moss, mezzo soprano; and Andrew Eisenmann, baritone. The performers sing Dickinson's words and also wear Dill's ravishing costumes with the words scrawled across them. The set is a continuously moving video installation of poems and Dill's evocative black-and-white photographs. Film of opera was made by Ed Robbins, 82 minute DVD, a 12 minute sample DVD, and an 82 minute soundtrack.

Divide Light was commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center, and supported in part by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation Multi Arts Production Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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