The Birth of Color, A Marriage of Darkness and Light is a multi-media opera based on ancient and new scientific ideas and images about the Creation of the universe.
The story is narrated as a myth, combining elements from the ancient Indian Vedas, Goethe’s color theory, and modern physics.
The Birth of Color, A Marriage of Darkness and Light tells the creation myth within the framework of a love story, where the original oneness engenders longing and appreciation as it begins to split into all of the parts of the manifest universe.
This opera, the first of seven in the Frequency Opera series titled Recombinant DNA reminders us that the more we comprehend the sheer wonder of the universe, the more mysterious and beautiful it becomes.
Art is science made clear. – Jean Cocteau
Physics is discovering that everything is a form of organized vibration. String theory posits that both matter and energy are composed of vibrating strings. Creation is literally a symphony.
The Birth of Color: A Marriage of Darkness and Light is a Frequency Opera, a multi-media oratorio where a story of The Creation is told using frequency as both the content and the form.
The story, told as a simple fable is a love story of the sudden emergence of the homogenous universe splitting into time and space, light and dark. As they separate, they long for each other. When eventually they reunite, the intensity of their crashing together creates the harmonics, the colors, the strata of creation.
The music has been written with correspondences to the frequencies of color. This is not a new idea but because we can measure and understand scientifically more about the frequencies, there is a new level of physical accuracy to use as a starting point. That the world is made of vibration was already known to the authors of the Vedas more than 10,000 years ago. In this hour-long piece, the depth of ancient wisdom, which was based in the human body, is joined to the beauty of scientific exploration and understanding.
It is now also coming to light that Goethe’s ideas about color are a description of the neurological and biological means of perceiving color.
The majority of the music is sung by an unaccompanied chorus who surround the audience in an outer circle and sing into them as the lights project around and above, creating an immersion in the vibratory field. The sound is also being shaped through an emerging sound placement technology that can sculpt the space with the music itself, placing the audience into different relationships and experiences of scale. Woven throughout is the poetry of the lyrics, written by Pulitzer Prize nominee David Brendan Hopes, opening up an additional current of unfolding images.
As the first piece in the performance cycle Recombinant DNA, The Birth of Color initiates a series of love stories, which combine science and mythos, taking on different views of Siva and Sati, Persephone and Pluto, Elizabeth and Viktor Frankenstein and the two trees of Paradise.
Conceived and directed by multi-media artist Honora Foah, the music for The Birth of Color was written by Lucio Ivaldi.
The lasers, light work and projections are by a team of Italian, Hungarian and American designers and technical wizards with images from many different artists and NASA.