the ticket that exploded

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 dystopian 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: 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.