- Natacha Diels
- Department of Music, Penn Live Arts, School of Arts & Sciences
Project Support Grant
Beautiful Trouble is a performed anthology mini-series for instruments, electronics, and video, joining the worlds of experimental chamber music and film by Natacha Diels and JACK Quartet. Throughout each piece, performers inhabit physical, sonic, and visual realms of performance to tell dream-like stories about a human’s perception of time. The series brings together the power of live performance with the hypnosis of the screen to confuse the line between hyper-reality and fiction, and between concrete and clouds. The work shares equally in experimental music, video, and theatre to create a sensory experience that is relevant and knowable to the current typical audience-goer’s ability and desire to consume media. The overarching intent is to create work that understands life for a brief moment in time through the power of abstract narrative and music both heard and seen. The project exists in two forms– as a live performance, and as a series of short films. Beautiful Trouble will premiere on Feb 2, 2024, at Annenberg Center for the Arts.