Mallory Catlett + Aaron Siegel
Director Mallory Catlett and composer Aaron Siegel (NYC) collaborate on a new music theater work called Rainbird, based on Janet Frame’s haunting novel Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room. The work tells the story of a middle-aged family man who is pronounced dead. After the funeral arrangements have been made, he wakes up in the morgue, ensuing the emotional struggle of his family to accept not his death but his resurrection.
Leadership support for BAC has been provided by Altman Foundation, Anonymous, James H. Duffy, The Enoch Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Thompson Family Foundation, and Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.
Mallory Catlett is a creator and director of performance across disciplines from opera to installation. With her company RESTLESS NYC she works with the literary and theatrical canon as a source for contemporary performance.
This Was The End, her remix of Chehkov’s Uncle Vanya, won an Obie Award, New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, and a Henry Hewes Award. Rainbird, a co-production with Experiments in Opera, will be her first libretto, which she is co-writing with composer Aaron Siegel. Other works of opera include Mika Karlsson’s The Echo Drift (Prototype Festival), Stefan Weissman’s The Scarlet Ibis (Prototype Festival), Tarik O’Reagan’s Wanton Sublime (American Opera Projects), and Aaron Siegel’s Brother, Brother (Experiments in Opera). Her work alongside and with RESTLESS has premiered and been presented at Mabou Mines, La MaMa, 3LD, HERE Arts Center, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, PS122, Abrons Arts Center, EMPAC, Chocolate Factory, Roulette, and the Collapsable Hole; been featured at Ice Factory, COIL Festival, Prelude Festival, Prototype Festival, and BAM’s Next Wave; and toured internationally to Canada, France, UK, Ireland, and Australia. She is a 2015 Foundation for the Contemporary Arts Grantee, an Associate Artist at CultureHub, and a member of the Collapsable Hole, an artist run development and performance venue. Her upcoming work M/F Future, developed in part at BAC, is a 2016 Creative Capital project to premiere 2020.
Aaron Siegel is a composer for the concert stage and the theater. He is an enthusiastic collaborator who believes in the power of shared process and inquiry.
In 2019, Siegel released A Great Many on New Amsterdam Records, featuring Mantra Percussion and clarinetist Christa Van Alstine. A recent collaboration with the U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith resulted in the oratorio I Will Tell You The Truth About This, I Will Tell You All About it, which was premiered by Harlem-based Songs of Solomon Choir at the Schomburg Center. His contributions to the collaboratively composed opera, Chunky in Heat, will be heard at the premiere in May 2019 at The Flea Theater. Siegel has been developing the new music theater piece Rainbird with long-time collaborator, director Mallory Catlett, with whom he created his first opera, Brother Brother. Siegel is one of the co-founders of Experiments in Opera (EiO) and has produced over 65 new operatic works with the company since its founding in 2011.