KCET's Artbound and The Industry Partner to Produce Multimedia Series Behind Experimental Opera 'Invisible Cities'

Audiences Can Engage with the Artists and Performers

Prior to the Opera's Premiere at Union Station through Exclusive Articles,

Production Photos, Interviews and Vignettes Beginning Oct. 8 at



KCET to Air 'Invisible Cities' Artbound Special December



Los Angeles -

Sept. 30, 2013 - KCET's award-winning arts and culture series,
Artbound and The Industry have partnered to produce an in-depth

online series and television special exploring the creative process behind the

new experimental opera,

, a joint production by The Industry and L.A. Dance

Project which premieres at Los Angeles' historic Union Station on Oct. 19,

2013. Artbound's unique online multimedia series, which launches Oct. 8

www.kcet.org/Artbound, invites fans to explore the artistry and experience the

behind-the-scenes excitement prior to Invisible Cities' opening night.


The original Artbound series provides an exclusive

look at the avant-garde opera, composed and adapted by Christopher Cerrone, in

an audacious production conceived and directed by The Industry's founder and

artistic director Yuval Sharon, with choreography by Danielle Agami. The

production utilizes wireless technology provided by Sennheiser, offering

audience members headphones to hear the opera amid the normal "hustle and

bustle" of the train station's everyday life.


Updated weekly with new articles, video and photos, Artbound

viewers will see rehearsal footage; get a glimpse of the production's beautiful

costumes; discover the technical nuances of combining technology, art and

public spaces; learn about the complexities of choreographic dance in high

traffic areas, and much more.


The project culminates on Dec. 12, 2013 at 9 p.m., with a

special hour-long Artbound episode that airs exclusively on KCET.  The special will capture the complete

creative narrative of Invisible Cities, featuring scenes from the live

opera performance, artfully interspersed with robust multimedia footage taken

during the making of the production. 


"We are honored to collaborate with The Industry and

artistic director Yuval Sharon on the production of this special series, which

is redefining our understanding of opera and modernizing it for the 21st

century," said Juan Devis, vice president of Arts & Culture Programming, KCETLink.

"This project underscores Artbound's willingness to document the most

relevant and innovative art production in Southern California, while breaking

the boundaries of traditional arts reporting, and shows our audience how a

complex theatrical production of this magnitude is mounted."


Added Sharon, "Invisible Cities is a large-scale

collaboration of many incredible LA-based artists, all working towards the

purpose of a once-in-a-lifetime event. With KCET's imaginative approach to

capturing the production as it is developed, I believe this behind-the-scenes

look will appeal to anyone fascinated by the creative process."


Invisible Cities makes its world premiere on Saturday, Oct. 19 for a

limited run through Nov. 8 at Los Angeles' iconic Union Station. Performance

dates for Invisible Cities are Oct. 19, Oct. 24, Oct. 26, Oct. 29, Oct.

31, Nov. 5, and Nov. 8.  There will be

two performances each night at 7:30 and 10 p.m. except for Oct. 19 (7 p.m.

only).  The VIP experience includes

exclusive access to a roped off area of the Harvey Restaurant and a glass of

wine. For ticket information, visit


Based on Italo Calvino's fantastical novel, Invisible

imagines a meeting of the emperor Kublai Khan at the end of his life

with the explorer Marco Polo. Khan orders Polo to report on the cities in his

empire, and Polo's responses are flights of fancy, cities of the imagination

and the mind.  The opera depicts the meeting

and describes three chimerical cities with a quiet stateliness that offers the

audience a chance to contemplate the essence of travel, as well as our

subjective experience of environment and time.




On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital

role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central

California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well

as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its

nearly 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and

regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and

documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's

programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET

is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about

KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community

events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.



With over 50 columnists and cultural

critics in 11 counties of Southern California, Artbound provides seeds

of engagement through articles, videos, projects and partners, who are

narrating the cultural stories of the region. The role of Artbound is

not just to record, report and broadcast cultural stories; its aim is to create

mechanisms--be it partnerships, projects or online tools--through which

audiences can take direct action in the creation of a common narrative.  Since its launch in May 2012, Artbound

has earned numerous awards for its coverage of Southern California's unique

narrative of arts and culture, including a Southern California Journalism

Award, a National Entertainment Journalism Award and a Golden

Mike Award. The site was also named a Webby Award Official

Honoree and voted "Best Arts & Culture Site" by L.A.

Weekly in 2012.






Founded and led by director Yuval Sharon, The Industry

creates ambitious productions that expand the traditional definition of opera

and explore new paradigms for interdisciplinary collaboration. Mark Swed of the

Los Angeles Times writes "The Industry is quickly and dramatically

becoming an essential component in American opera. It's now indispensable to

the LA scene." The Industry's inaugural production, Anne LeBaron and Douglas

Kearney's Crescent City, was instantly hailed as "reshaping LA opera" (Los

Angeles Times
) and "changing the face of music-theater in this city

overnight" (Out West Arts). The large-scale multimedia production, featuring

the work of six visual artists in a 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Atwater

Village, performed over three weeks in May 2012 to capacity audiences. The

Industry recently presented First Take, a west coast opera workshop

showcasing excerpts from six new operatic works-in-progress by the legendary

Pauline Oliveros, and rising star composer Mohammed Fairouz at the Hammer

Museum's Billy Wilder Theater.  For more

information visit:



L.A. Dance Project is a curatorial collective founded in

2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied with founding

producer Charles Fabius, along with composer Nico Muhly and art consultant

Matthieu Humery.


L.A. Dance Project's mission is to create new work and to

revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Programs include

full-length evenings in traditional theater venues as well as various modular

performances in non-traditional environments. New works by the company endeavor

to be multidisciplinary collaborations with various artists: visual artists,

musicians, designers, directors and composers. L.A. Dance Project promotes the

work of emerging and established creators, contributing to new platforms for contemporary



L.A. Dance Project's inaugural performance was

commissioned by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance and premiered at Walt Disney

Concert Hall on September 22, 2012.  Since then, the Company has

successfully toured in the US and in Europe. Most recently, a new work by

Benjamin Millepied in collaboration with composer David Lang and artist Barbara

Kruger premiered in Paris at the Theatre du Chatelet on May 23, 2013 to rave

reviews.  In addition to the time it

spends at its home base in Los Angeles, L.A. Dance Project will continue to

tour in Instanbul, at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, Spoleto Festival in

Italy, Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, La Maison de la Danse in

Lyon, France and Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. For more information visit:



The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark

near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of

microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2011 the family

company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 531 million

euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has

manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is

represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the

Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia,

Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well

as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the

Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor

loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets

for PCs, offices and call centres). For more information visit:




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