BORDERLAND is aa new opera written, composed, and arranged by Natalie Elizabeth Weiss. Merging the harmonic tension of contemporary classical music, the delicious ring of musical theater voices and an other-worldly blend of electronics and texture, BORDERLAND uses dichotomous sound and historical fact to tell the story of an eccentric woman’s quest for reproductive autonomy and personal freedom.
String Quartet, Drum Kit, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Synthesizers (ARP 2600M, Sequential Pro 3, Omnichord), Vocalists. On May 25th, 2022 the string quartet was performed by The Rhythm Method: a critically acclaimed all-female ensemble that reimagines the string quartet in a contemporary feminist context. Percussion was performed by Shayna Dunklemen, who is known for her versatile and unique techniques, and use of electronics to access a sonic pallet not found in acoustic percussion. Synthesizers were performed by Joe McGinty, known for his work with The Psychedelic Furs and The Ramones. Composer Natalie Elizabeth Weiss performed as the heroine Ida C. Craddock. The vocalists include Ryan Andes (Broadway’s Big Fish) who will play the notorious “vice suppressor” Anthony Comstock and Robin Parrish (HBO’s Gossip Girl) who will play Ida Craddock’s narcissistic mother.