After reading several tales by the masterful Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, Carmen-Helena Téllez and the artistic team of Kosmologia were inspired to create an original visual and musical experience, an art-music video where we travel between worlds of persuasive dreams and deceptive realities in our universe. A piano recital progresses seamlessly between original compositions created specifically for this project by Carmen-Helena Téllez in conversation with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the master of polyphony. Dreaming/ Undreaming was commissioned by the Princeton Festival, with artistic direction by Carmen-Helena Tellez, dramaturgy by Chia Patiño, and videos by Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock, framing the pianistic virtuosity of Natasha Stojanovska and the electric movement of Alexa Capareda.
Carmen-Helena Téllez and the artistic team of Dreaming/ Undreaming discussed some of the issues surrounding the creation of the work in a panel discussion hosted by Gerg Geehern, Acting Artistic Director of the Princeton Festival:
A second interview of artistic director and composer Carmen-Helena Téllez and of video artist Camilla Tassi was hosted on Facebook Live by Becky Brett, interim executive director and Eva Kastner-Puschl, director of business administration of the Princeton Festival.
Carmen-Helena Téllez explains that she did not select any specific story by Borges, but rather paid homage to their ability to project different realities at once. When the commission from the Princeton Festival was confirmed, she proposed the challenge to Camilla, Chia, Natasha and Ryan. Soon after Ryan proposed contacting Alexa, with whom he had collaborated a few years earlier at the University of Texas in Austin.
Carmen also decided that the complementary world of reality and dreams would manifest as a piano recital, to be played by Natasha, in which the music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier would represent a world of exquisite order and emotion, known by many of us, contrasted by original connecting “promenades” written by Carmen, that would separate the listener from that which is known and loved to lead them to something unknown and unexpected. After this decision was made, each artist entered into a free ongoing conversation to weave the artwork into existence, each one contributing their specific artistic discipline and sensibility.
Dreaming/Undreaming can be categorized as a piano recital with video, or as an art-music video. Kosmologia defines it as an interdisciplinary work where all the participating artistic disciplines (music, dance, video art, drama) affect each other’s language and methodology, and all artists have equal say.
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