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“Upload” from Michel van der Aa at Park Avenue Armory

Tue, Mar 22 - Wed, Mar 30  2022

Park Avenue Armory - New York Consulate Region

North American Premiere of Upload by Michel van der Aa at the Park Avenue Armory – March 22 – 30, 2022

In his groundbreaking new film opera, acclaimed Dutch composer, film and stage director, and librettist Michel van der Aa ventures to the frontiers of technological innovation with an engrossing tale conveyed by live performance, motion capture, and immersive film. Performed by the incomparable soprano Julia Bullock and acclaimed baritone Roderick Williams, Upload tells the story of a daughter and her father who, when confronted by his inevitable death, has his thoughts and memories “up-loaded,” to achieve a “virtual resurrection.”

If one day scientific advances allow us to map our own experiences, where do our identities really reside: in our minds, our bodies, or our relationships? And how far does the data of our lives determine our fate? What price will we have to pay for immortality? Upload explores these ancient philosophical questions against the backdrop of present-day and near-future technologies in a work that is conceptual and deeply emotional.

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Upload is commissioned by and in co-Production with Park Avenue Armory, Dutch National Opera, Oper Köln, Bregenzer Festspiele, Ensemble Musikfabrik, doubleA Foundation

Composition, Director, Libretto, Michel van der Aa
Daughter, Julia Bullock
Father, Roderick Williams
Psychiatrist, Katja Herbers (film)
CEO, Ashley Zukerman (film)
Scientist, Esther Mugambi (film)
Brother-in-law, Samuel West (film)
Childhood friend, Claron McFadden (film)
Friend 1, David Eeles (film)
Friend 2, Tessa Stephenson (film)
Music Director, Otto Tausk
Orchestra, Ensemble Musikfabrik
Set & Lighting Design, Theun Mosk
Dramaturgy, Madelon Kooijman, Niels Nuijten
Director of Photography, Joost Rietdijk
Motion Capture and Real-Time Graphics, Darien Brito
VFX Supervisor & Fractal Artist, Julius Horsthuis


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