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JUNE 25, 2017
9AM - 11PM
IDYLLWILD ARTS, CALIFORNIA
WILLIAM M. LOWMAN CONCERT HALL
SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST
52500 TEMECULA RD. IDYLLWILD, CA 92549

 

DANIELLE AND IDYLLWILD ARTS ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE PREMIERE OF ACKIA, A FOURTEEN-HOUR-LONG AVANT-GARDE SOUND PERFORMANCE OF AUTHOR LANNIE HILL'S HOMERIC POEM OF THE SAME NAME SET IN THE CHICKASAW WAR OF 1736. ACKIA COMBINES THE ESSENCE OF SOUND WITH THE CONCEPTS OF ABSTRACTION AND MINIMALISM. PRE-RECORDED MUSIC AND SOUND BY ARTIST IVAN WONG'S ENSEMBLE, IVAN WONG'S PLASTIC PRODUCTS, MELDS WITH LIVE SOUND MANIPULATION DURING THE DRAMATIC READING, UNITING AS A VISCERAL AND EMOTIONAL SOUNDFIELD INSTALLATION THAT BRINGS HILL'S EPIC TO LIFE ON STAGE. 

ACKIA WILL DEBUT ON JUNE 25, 2017 AT IDYLLWILD ARTS' NEWLY COMPLETED WILLIAM M. LOWMAN CONCERT HALL TO OPEN THEIR ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS FESTIVAL. THE HEROIC POEM FUSES GREEK MYTHOLOGY AND NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY TO CONFRONT THE UNCHANGING NATURE OF HUMAN EXISTENCE THROUGH THE UNIQUE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE CHICKASAW NATION. THE NARRATIVE IN FIVE BOOKS PITS THE CONTENTIOUS AGENDAS OF THE FRENCH AND THE ENGLISH IN THE COLONIAL AMERICAN SOUTH AGAINST NATIVE AMERICAN SOCIETY. 

AUDIENCE MEMBERS ARE FREE TO COME AND GO AS THEY PLEASE. ACKIA WAS CREATED AND PRODUCED IN NEW YORK CITY BY DANIELLE WITH DANIELLE SWEET AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND IVAN WONG AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. THE PIECE INCLUDES THE WORK OF SOUND ENGINEER DAVE COOK WHO JOINED IVAN WONG, DANIELLE SWEET AND MUSICIAN HARVEY SORGEN TO CREATE THE MUSICAL COMPOSITION AND SOUND ALGORITHM FOR ACKIA.  

AT IDYLLWILD ARTS, ACKIA WILL BE PERFORMED BY NATIVE AMERICAN ACTORS KIMBERLY GUERRERO (COLVILLE, SALISH-KOOTENAI, CHEROKEE) AND SHYLA MARLIN (CHOCTAW) WITH LANNIE HILL AND IVAN WONG. 

THE PRODUCTION OF ACKIA WAS INFLUENCED BY SUCH WORKS AS LOU REED'S "DRONES;" ERIK SATIE'S "VEXATIONS" PERFORMED BY JOHN CALE; LAURIE ANDERSON'S "O SUPERMAN;" PHILIP GLASS'S "KOYAANISQATSI" AND HIS WORK WITH ROBERT WILSON, "EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH."


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