the ticket that exploded

The Ticket That Exploded: An Ongoing Opera is an experimental opera created by James Ilgenfritz and Jason Ponce, based on the novel The Ticket That Exploded by William S. Burroughs.

This opera employs many of the literary techniques Burroughs used in his original text. We made specific use of his cut-up technique: 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 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: virtual 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


The Ticket That Exploded: an
Ongoing Opera NYC Premiere
from jason ponce on Vimeo.