Under Milk Wood
Composed by John Metcalf. Text by Dylan Thomas.
Premiers 3-5 April, 2014
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, Wales
Under Milk Wood: an opera weaves together extraordinary poetic
and comic language, contemporary and ancient instrumental music, recorded and live sound, as this
13-strong company of singers and multi-instrumentalists creates a feast for the ears.
Part of the Dylan Thomas 100 festival. On tour around Wales (3-17 April).
A Model of Improvisation
The Companion Star Method
Companion Star is dedicated to the growth of music theater by challenging theater's traditional
relationships, cultivating diverse artists, and introducing new works to the public in dynamic and interactive environments.
Companion Star's productions are developed in a workshop-oriented system intended to dissolve
traditional boundaries between performers, musicians, producers, directors and other participants. This organic approach is designed
to produce fully integrated works in which every facet of the production, from initiation to completion, is shaped by ideas that
arise collectively from all participants.
Reaching beyond traditional theater personnel of actors, dancers and musicians, Companion Star's
productions involve physical and visual artists whose work is incorporated into both the presentation of the production and the story
itself. In keeping with Companion Star's collaborative approach to the performing arts, these artists are fully involved in every
phase of the production from conceptualization to presentation.
Companion Star's performances are staged in intimate venues arranged to bring the audience into
the performance space to create an environment that performers and the audience can inhabit together.
Funding the Dream
Global Open Challenge
GlobalGiving Fundraising Campaign for
Companion Star is proud to report that our September fundraiser through GlobalGiving exceeded our goals and
earned us a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving network.
We extend our gratitude to our supporters, who carried us to a fundraising goal of $10,000,
from 40 unique donors. Our new home on the GlobalGiving network will be a valuable resource as we continue to
raise funds for the dream seminar/ drömseminarium premiere, and the commitment of so many ground-level supporters
is a resounding endorsement of the reach and impact of this project.
Click to visit our GlobalGiving page now.
For purposes of funding the final design for set, costumes, lighting and projections,
GlobalGiving has set Should Companion Star reach our goal, dream seminar/ drömseminarium
will become an established project with GlobalGiving, providing us with the opportunity to draw on GlobalGiving's fundraising
resources through the planned premiere in August, 2014.
In English and Swedish,
our bilingual work, based on the words of
contemporary Swedish poet
the music of composer
with libretto by
Pat Diamond & Kathleen Flynn,
includes an international cast of
two vocalists & twelve instrumentalists.
As with all of Companion Star's work,
collaboratively through improvisation.