Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Counting Sheep
Friday, February 16, 8 pm, Saturday, February 17, 2 pm & 8 pm, & Sunday, February 18, 3 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 2nd Street, Oakland
The eclectic Toronto-based “guerilla-folk party-punk band,” Lemon Bucket Orkestra, leads a call to arms in the immersive and interactive Ukrainian folk-opera, Counting Sheep. Sung in traditional Ukrainian polyphony and bolstered by first-hand video footage from the streets of Kiev, the production invites audience members to dance, sing, and eat — and hurl foam bricks, dodge men with guns, witness violence, and join in the rituals of public mourning — as part of an emotionally gripping remembrance of the 2014 Maidan Revolution in Ukraine.
Company Wang Ramirez, Borderline
Saturday, February 24, 8 pm & Sunday, February 25, 3 pm
Korean-German dancer Honji Wang and French-Spanish dancer Sébastien Ramirez explore the complexities of human relationships and modern identities through their dance-theater aesthetic. Borderline features a cast of six dancers hooked up to an aerial rigging system, allowing them to defy gravity as the choreography explores visual metaphors of flight, struggle, freedom, constraint.
Kronos Quartet, My Lai
Sunday, March 4, 7 pm
Kronos Quartet’s fully-staged collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Harriet Scott Chessman explores the aftermath of My Lai — a tragic episode in the Vietnam War when American soldiers massacred hundreds of unarmed villagers — from the perspective of the helicopter pilot who tried to intervene. Berger’s score blends Rinde Eckert’s voice with the strings of the Kronos Quartet augmented by traditional Vietnamese instruments played by Vân-Ánh Võ, and an electronic soundscape of helicopters, voices, and snippets of American blues.