Behind the Scenes: The Weeping Camel
Behind the Scenes: The Weeping Camel

The Weeping Camel

Behind the Scenes


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Get to know composer Huang Ruo, named one of the world’s leading young composers by The New Yorker, as he talks with Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus about past projects and his A.R.T. commission, The Weeping Camel, a new production that will be co-directed by Paulus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Jagged Little Pill), adapted from the Academy Award-nominated documentary film.

Composer Huang Ruo has been lauded by The New York Times for having “a distinctive style.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient and folk music, Western avant-garde, experimental, noise, natural and processed sound, rock, and jazz to create a seamless, organic integration using a compositional technique he calls “Dimensionalism.”

Huang Ruo’s diverse compositional works span from orchestra, chamber music, opera, theater, and dance, to cross-genre, sound installation, architectural installation, multimedia, experimental improvisation, folk rock, and film. They include A Dust in Time: Passacaglia for Strings, created during the pandemic; An American Soldier with libretto by David Henry Hwang; the installation opera Paradise Interrupted; and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. His new opera M. Butterfly will receive its world premiere with the Santa Fe Opera in a future season.

Commission and early development of The Weeping Camel was made possible through the extraordinary support of Edward E. and Betsy Z. Cohen and the Areté Foundation.

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Following the event, ten randomly selected ticket holders, the series sponsors, and all A.R.T. donors of $500 or more will be eligible to continue the conversation “backstage” in the Virtual Green Room with commissioned artists and A.R.T. staff. The ten ticket holders will be randomly selected on February 5 at 2PM.

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