The Decemberists, an experimental folk-rock band, released “Hazards of Love” in 2009, and it seemed a natural fit for the stage because the songs tie together to tell the story of a woman, Margaret, who falls in love with a shape-shifting forest creature named William. The dramatic arc involves not only their romance but problems the lovers face with the creature’s jealous mother and another evil being.Marlene chose to present the story by having dancers act out the action while a live band plays and sings the songs from the album. Both the dancers and eight-piece band will be visible to the audience.“What this is,” she said, “is really performance art with a rock ‘n’ roll kind of foundation.
Below is an animated video created by students at St. Martin’s College of Art for a song from the Hazard’s of Love album (and presumably, the Rock Opera): The Rake’s Song.
But wait, there’s more! We have below a small preview of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil showing at the Mirage in Las Vegas.
Cheers from this month’s Student Blogger,