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March 8-10, 2024

Europeras 3 & 4

Chance operations dictate everything in the production, from the staging to the costumes to the lighting design. In its joyful anarchy, Cage's work invites audiences to embrace the unexpected. The return of live theater to the Gem for the first time in a decade!

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Europeras 3 & 4

March 8-10, 2024
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Pioneering composer John Cage reassembles European opera as a collage in Europeras 3 & 4. Chance operations dictate everything in the production. In its joyful anarchy, Cage's work invites audiences to embrace the unexpected. The return of live theater to the Gem for the first time in a decade!

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Breaking The Waves

April 6 - 14, 2024
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Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves is an unforgettable emotional experience based on the film by Lars von Trier. Bess undergoes a spiritual journey when her husband, Jan, suffers a paralyzing accident. What would you do for love if it meant turning against all that you know?

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Detroit Opera Youth Chorus: Odyssey

April 20, 2024
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An opera for young audiences! The young choristers of the Detroit Opera Youth Chorus will be the stars of Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke’s full-length opera Odyssey. Homer’s epic tale of a hero’s journey home.

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The Cunning Little Vixen

May 11 - 19, 2024
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Human and animal worlds collide in Janáček’s enchanting, cinematic modern fable about a clever vixen who tries to outwit her captors. The production uses playful projections to transform singers into forest creatures, with hand-crafted animations that evoke the fable’s comic-strip origins.

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What is (a) Happening?: Black Mountain College

John Cage came to Black Mountain College in April 1948. He, along with his partner and collaborative choreographer Merce Cunningham, was en route to the West Coast….

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Cage’s Legacy in Detroit: Techno, Free Jazz, Punk

“Where does beauty begin and where does it end?
Where it ends is where the artist begins.” – John Cage

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John Cage’s Detroit: Sounds of Silence

The 1950s saw Cage toying with the very foundational ideas of composition. After receiving a copy of the I-Ching—a classic Chinese divination to...

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John Cage’s Detroit: Early Years

John Cage was a composer, visual artist, and innovator who changed the course of contemporary art music in the 20th century. Through concepts like indeterminacy …

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