Composer Robert Ashley’s penultimate opera, Crash, is an autobiographical work for six voices that recounts his life to age 84 — which he would have reached on March 24 if he hadn’t died three weeks earlier. No composer has ever bested Ashley in capturing the relentless play of dreamy, jokey, and hectoring interior voices that characterize the experience called “life,” and the world premiere of Crash no doubt marks, for many, an overdue introduction to his vastly underappreciated talent. With landscape projections by Philip Makanna, Crash kicks off a mini-retrospective that includes a live television production of Ashley’s Vidas Perfectas, the Spanish-language version of his magnum opus Perfect Parts, and The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer and Unknown Accomplices for Crimes Against Humanity from 1968.
Mondays-Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: April 14. Continues through April 14, 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 9, 2014