First run-out for Kidnapping Water
|James & David in Lake Washington|
For the first Bottled Opera, No. 46 : Growing, David starts under the bridge and James plays a wood bowl he picked up at Value Village for $2. Nearly half the world's population (2.1 billion people) live on less than $2 a day. This bowl is one of James' prized instruments for the way it resounds in the water and beyond.
My impressions of the morning in Bothell Landing include a parade of mom's with baby strollers, the geese that line up when David sang No. 15 : Line Up and a jackhammer that breaks through earth a few blocks away with a flute that plays in the distance.
David and James also perform No. 2 : I Am Felled at Bothell Landing.
The UW Bothell wetlands are summer dry underneath the boardwalk, so UW Bothell facility staff gather water from the wetlands and put it in a trough for James and David to perform No. 36 : Plish. This work, with libretto by Bret Fetzer, is about a murderous man deranged by his neighbor's sprinkler. The audience of Professor Amy Lambert's class Engaging Visual Arts: Social and Political Issues in Contemporary Art, faculty and staff politely listen.
|David Stutz under a willow tree|
I am excited that there is a King County Library branch in the same building as Third Place Books and a food court.
After lunch Eric, David, James, and I go to north Lake Washington where David and James perform No. 07 : Hello Helicopter. Rather than run away, three teenage girls are intrigued and ask us about the singing and playing water.
The audiences today are all appreciative. After Lake Forest Park we go to Echo Lake in Shoreline and performed No. 19 : Bottle Upon Bottle in a lake filled with swimming children. When David sings "laughter of children," on cue the children splash and giggle. David also performed an encore of Hello Helicopter here. as we walk away one boy sadly yells, "They're leaving."
|David & James on Puget Sound|
David and James perform at Richmond Beach on Puget Sound. Heaven is about a man justifying his drug addiction in the bathroom of an empty bar.
The juxtaposition of the beautiful exhausting day and the deluded man is a fitting end to this first set of Bottled Operas. I realize that I often wrap myself in so many contradictions that I forget the beauty that surrounds me.
For an encore to the magnificant Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, David and James perform Growing one more time; two monks walking on the shoreline.
Read David's thoughts on the project posted the night before the premiere.