In anticipation of the first revival of Echoes since its premiere in 2017, The Living Earth Show (T.L.E.S.) has shared an excerpt from the collaborative spoken-word chamber opera, featuring Ashley Smiley, T.L.E.S. and Kronos.
Next week, T.L.E.S., Youth Speaks poet-performers Smiley, Sean San José, Tassiana Willis, Aimee Suzara and Michael Wayne Turner III, and Kronos will revisit Echoes in two performances on Saturday, March 7, at 6:00PM and 8:30PM at ODC Theater in San Francisco. Co-presented by T.L.E.S., KRONOS PRESENTS, and ODC, the revival is part of the inaugural T.L.E.S.tival, which celebrates the Living Earth Show’s 10th birthday. Buy tickets >
Composed by Danny Clay on texts by Gabriel Cortez, Smiley, Suzara, Turner, Willis, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Enrique Garcia Naranjo, and Youth Speaks workshop participants, Echoes explores through poetry, music, dialogue, and recorded streetscapes the experiences of San Francisco’s youth during the recent period of seismic change to the city’s physical, socioeconomic, and cultural landscapes. Co-presented by San Francisco Performances and the Kronos Performing Arts Association, the work premiered at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Calling the original performance “emotionally impactful, timely, and original,” KQED Arts’ journalist Nastia Voynovskaya wrote that “Echoes did the important work of fostering a conversation across racial and class lines – one that rarely happens in an increasingly segregated Bay Area.” Read the full article >
Echoes was commissioned by San Francisco Performances, Kronos Performing Arts Association, The Living Earth Show, and Youth Speaks. Additional support provided by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.