Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Over the past few nights, eager crowds have gathered at the Bay Area industrial art complex The Crucible, located in West Oakland, to experience the wonder of MACHINE: A World Premiere Fire Opera. The audience is transported to an underground world of toil and flame, sweat and dirt, lust and anger. A show like no other, the fire opera has remaining performances scheduled for January 14, 18, 19 and 20, with a closing night gala on January 21.
“Saw ‘Machine’ last night at The Crucible. What a bunch of imaginative, creative, daring, talented artists! Visceral, eye-grabbing, thoughtful, sexy and HOT (literally),” said a fan on The Crucible’s Facebook page.
Bringing together the worlds of opera and industrial art, MACHINE is set in a fiery industrial universe in which workers have sold themselves into a lifetime of servitude. When one worker regains his power of self-determination, the story ignites into an explosive brew of escape plots, alliances, and unlikely love interests.
The spectacular performance features five opera singers, a rock singer and percussionists who "play" the scaffolding-like set. With a live molten metal pour, glass blowing, and blacksmiths, MACHINE delivers the kind of awe-inspiring performance that audiences have come to expect from The Crucible.
“Hot damn! This one heck of an opera,” wrote one Yelp reviewer.
Conceived and directed for The Crucible stage by Mark Streshinsky—who previously collaborated on Dracul and Firebird—MACHINE is based on the short story "Deus Ex Machina" by science fiction author Derek J. Goodman.
The music of MACHINE was composed by Clark Suprynowicz, who is well known in the Bay area for his rock- and jazz-infused opera and symphonic compositions. Suprynowicz's riveting score features seven percussionists alongside both classical and rock instrumentalists. Barnaby Palmer provides musical direction.
Audiences have been blown away by the shows so far. “I laughed, I stared, I gasped…. I was in awe during the whole opera performance,” one attendee posted on Yelp.
MACHINE will run for a total of eight evenings: January 11 to 14 and January 18 to 21, 2012. To purchase tickets online, visit: http://www.thecrucible.org/events/fire-operas-ballets/366. For more information about Crucible corporate and individual event sponsorships, visit: http://www.thecrucible.org/join-give/machine-sponsorship-opportunities.
About The Crucible The Crucible is an educational facility that offers Bay Area art classes in the fine and industrial arts to people at all skill levels and original Bay Area team building events. What started in 1999 in an empty 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Berkeley has now grown to a 56,000 square-foot building in the heart of West Oakland.
The Crucible offers instruction in industrial and fine art for every level from beginning and intermediate to advanced levels in formats ranging from three-hour tasters to ten-week programs. Prices vary by course and duration. Class fees include tuition, studio fees, materials, tool access and safety training. There are no shopping lists for supplies or hidden costs.