The Nibelungen – LA Opera Ring Festival

In July 2010, collision/theory and Highways Performance Space co-presented a workshop version of Blood Red Lost Head Dead Falcon: THE NIBELUNGEN, as part of the Los Angeles Ring Festival.  A tale of magic, love, loyalty and revenge, the piece was inspired by Das Nibelungenlied, the 800 year-old epic poem that was the basis for Wagner’s four-opera drama The Ring of the Nibelung. Blood Red deconstructed the original source material in a richly layered modern theatrical experience laden with visual and aural imagery.  Michael Manning’s illustrated graphic novel The Nibelungen (Sum Legio International, 2010) served as a primary visual inspiration for the piece, which was written and directed by Aaron Henne.

Lyn Gaza – Projection Designer, Producer
Aaron Henne – Writer, Director
Julie Lockhart – Choreographer
Michael Manning – Projection Designer, Art Director

Julie Lockhart – Brunhild
Paul Vroom – Hagen
Garth Whitten – Siegfried
Mark McClain Wilson – Gunter
Diana Wyenn – Kriemhild

Additional Cast
Sigemund (voice over) – Mark McClain Wilson
Siegfried’s Man (voice over) – Chet Grissom

Designers and Production
Sound Designer – Martín Carrillo
Lighting Designer – Dan Weingarten
Costume Designer – Nike Schroeder
Specialty Costume Designer & Fabricator – Molly McGee
Projection Programmer – Jason H. Thompson
Sound Engineer and Mixer – Dan Creech, Alex GilliamRevolving Blackbird Sound
Sound System – Heardrum Audio
Stage Manager – Nikki Hyde
Rehearsal Stage Manager – Kellen Law
Technical Director – Ron Bunney

Original Music
Martín Carrillo
Chris Greene
Robert Crouch and Yann Novak

Original Images
Lyn Gaza and Michael Manning

Highways Performance Space
Executive Director/Artistic Director –  Leo Garcia
Co-Artistic Director – Patrick Kennelly

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