The Ticket That Exploded: An Ongoing Opera is an experimental opera created by James Ilgenfritz and Jason Ponce. The opera is based on the William S. Burroughs novel The Ticket That Exploded, and employs many of the literary techniques Burroughs used in his original texts. We made specific use of his cut-up technique in this project: the music is partially composed and partially improvised, and the visual design uses a combination of found footage and live processing, created with custom software that allows a high degree of flexibility while performing. True to Burroughs’ cut-up style, this semi-composed approach allows for unscripted juxtaposition of sonic and visual materials, and the spontaneous creation and destruction of meaning. The opera is therefore ‘ongoing’, since no two performances can ever be the same.
The Ticket That Exploded: An Ongoing Opera premiered October 29, 2011 Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY.
Featuring: Jason Ponce “staging”, live video, realtime interaction / Anne Rhodes / Megan Schubert / Ted Hearne / Nick Hallett / Voices Steve Dalachinsky / Ryan Opperman / Melissa Hughes / Video voices Nick DeMaison / conductor Denman Maroney / Julianne Carney / Nathan Bontrager / strings Ty Citerman / Taylor Levine / guitars Douglas Detrich / Josh Sinton / Jay Rozen / winds Vinnie Sperazza / John OBrien / Andrew Drury percussion
William Burroughs’ 1962 dystopian novel is the inspiration for this multimedia opera from avant-garde composer and double-bassist James Ilgenfritz. The cast features a hip squad of new-music junkies including Ted Hearne, Nick Hallett, Melissa Hughes, Anne Rhodes, Steve Dalachnsky and Ryan Opperman enhanced by a 15-member ensemble and video by Jason Ponce.
Ponce collected a massive array of bizarre visual materials and innovative digital processing programs to perform the visual component of this work live onstage at the premiere.