Colombine's Paradise Theatre is a "tour de force...a highly stylized, darkly beautiful love story that’s steeped in myth yet utterly modern...the story really unfolds in the rich poetic imagery — both musical and visual — in the shadowy, unsettling world Kirsten creates." - Washington Post Nov. 17, 2013
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Lingering in a world between death and life, torn between desire and truth, Colombine is caught in a haunted loop. The possessive Harlequin and the illuminated Pierrot orbit around her in a fight for not only her heart, but for her soul.
Amy Beth Kirsten’s "wildly imaginative" Colombine’s Paradise Theatre is a 21st century musical fantasy on 17th century Italian theater and explores the concepts of love and death, dream and delusion. Directed by Mark DeChiazza, the six musicians of multi-Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird play, speak, sing, whisper, growl and mime, breathing theatrical life into these rich Commedia dell’Arte characters.
Colombine – Lisa Kaplan, piano
The Harbinger – Nicholas Photinos, cello
Harlequin – Timothy Munro, flute; Michael Maccaferri, clarinet; Yvonne Lam, violin
Pierrot – Matthew Duvall, percussion
(by the composer after the poetry of Isabella Andreini, 1601)
1. death sweet breath
2. love Harlequin:
I bind her here in the moonless night I wind her / I alone can touch her pain I alone can know my Colombine again / Let me eat her Reason: let me swallow every light that blinds her / and feast upon the stars that find her (inspired by Sonnet 4)
3. bass drum moon #1
5. my charming murderer:
what a charming fatal wound: the charming hurt is quick the charming healing slow / I sigh and after I yearn - a delirium more handsome than ever turns his gaze on me / then like lightening bolts… so my soul stirs - and heart breaks (after Madrigal 5)
6. bass drum moon #2
7. snare / shiver
8. bass drum moon #3:
one thing alone is real (AB Kirsten)
9. night swallows light
10. Colombine my heart come:
Colombine my heart come - I desire I love not because your brutal beauty binds me…no, sweet siren / I desire I love because there beneath your chest beats my heart / and I can’t live without my heart: a desire to live urges me to this - a desire for life / Colombine my heart come to wander we two in the light of the moon (after Madrigal 51 and Variations by Théodor de Banville, 1904)
11. she comes undone (finale)