Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Co-produced by BAM and eight other international cultural centers, Three Tales, the collaborative musical theater piece by composer Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot, was one of the highlights of the 20th Next Wave Festival in 2002. It tells the stories of three historical events of the early, middle, and late 20th century. The first, “Hindenburg” (which was performed in 1998’s Next Wave Festival) uses an array of visual techniques to narrate the infamous Hindenburg airship crash in 1937. The second tale, “Bikini,” is based on footage, photographs, and text from the Atom bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946-1954. The final tale of the trilogy, “Dolly,” employed footage, text and interview comments about the cloning of an adult sheep in Scotland in 1997. With Korot’s visuals projected on a 32-foot screen in the opera house, sixteen musicians and singers (from the Steve Reich Ensemble and Synergy Vocals) performed onstage below the screen.