Two artists with long-standing Walker relationships—Julian Crouch of Improbable Theatre and composer/vocalist Rinde Eckert —return with the world premiere of Aging Magician, a poignant new music-theater work that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the particular magic of ordinary life. It is the story of an elderly watchmaker who moves us from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, a journey to find meaning and create a legacy at the end of a life. Aging Magician will be performed Saturday, March 5, at 8 pm and Sunday, March 6, at 2 pm in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater.
At the center of this sonic and visual composite is an enthralling score by rising classical composer Paola Prestini (noted as “an artistic visionary” by Philip Glass) performed by vocalist Eckert, ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), and the 40-plus member Brooklyn Youth Chorus, conducted by Dianne Berkun-Menaker. The work also features inimitable stage design by Crouch, an ingenious playable set/instrument by Bang on a Can’s Mark Stewart, stunning video and lighting by Josh Higgason, and additional scenic and costume design by Amy Rubin. Co- commissioned and Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) and VisionIntoArt. Beth Morrison Projects, Executive and Tour Producer.
Tickets to Aging Magician are: $28 ($24) and are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600.