Newtown Odyssey


September 9 & September 10, 2023


Plank Road (58th Road)
Maspeth, Queens



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Experience a floating opera set on an industrial canal in New York City from 2021 Grantees Marie Lorenz, Kurt Rohde, and Dana Spiotta. The Newtown Creek is one of the most polluted industrial sites in the US, but traveling there by boat, gliding through reflections of New York City, can be a beautiful experience. Set upon the creek, Newtown Odyssey presents a non-traditional opera heard amid sounds of the surrounding traffic and industry. Written more like a travel diary, the score of the opera can be experienced in phases, reshuffling the narrative, giving each audience an entirely different experience of the work. Performers sing aboard moveable and floating stages, and the audience pass by in boats, connecting them physically to the opera’s themes of climate change, environmental justice, and civic responsibility.

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