Red Fly/Blue Bottle
"...moody, driving music... lyrical monologues, otherworldly videos and an ingeniously eerie set... a purposefully elusive work, a poetic meditation..." — The New York Times
Aided by a young doppelganger straight out of silent film and an elderly entomologist, composer/performer Christina Campanella spins a sonic web that traces a young woman’s discovery of her companion’s deployment to a secret war and the steps she takes to make sense of his absence. Staged as a concert that unfolds within a densely layered video installation, Red Fly/Blue Bottle conjures an associative visual landscape in which objects open up in unexpected ways, revealing worlds within worlds. Tightly crafted songs emerge from an evocative terrain of found sounds, ticking clocks, and analog tone generators. Miniature noir films are projected onto floating surfaces; live and pre-made video animates still objects. Red Fly/Blue Bottle explores the mediating effects of memory and how we use the power of our imagination to surmount that which we have lost. Co-created by Christina Campanella and writer Stephanie Fleischmann, with director Mallory Catlett and video artist/filmmaker Peter Norrman.