From Wednesday, November 18th through Sunday, November 22, the BAM Next Wave Festival presents the World Premiere of Real Enemies, a 75-minute multimedia meditation on conspiracy theories. Over two years in the making, Real Enemies is co-created by myself, writer-director Isaac Butler, and filmmaker Peter Nigrini, aided and abetted by my Secret Society co-conspirators:
TROMBONES, EUPHONIUM & TUBAS
Darius Christian Jones
Sebastian Noelle, electric & acoustic guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano, electric piano & melodica
Matt Clohesy, contrabass & electric bass
Jon Wikan, drums & percussion
We are all immensely proud of this work and hope you’ll join us at the BAM Harvey Theater as we lift the curtain on this insanely ambitious endeavor.
Real Enemies doesn’t just want audiences to understand conspiracy thinking, however. It wants them to engage in it. And it does so by exploiting the same narrative instinct that allows us to connect the dots between seemingly disparate events. This might mean using music that alludes to the unnerving scores of conspiracy thrillers such as The Paralax View, while simultaneously splashing different images on to each of the 15 projection screens arrayed on stage.
Writer/director Isaac Butler shares his thoughts on Real Enemies, the multimedia epic he and I have been working on together for the past two years:
Conspiracy comes from the Latin conspirare, which literally means to breathe together, but in its everyday usage means to agree to or to plot. A plot is, of course, also a story, or a narrative. When the composer Darcy James Argue, the projection designer Peter Nigrini, and I set out to investigate and build a multimedia live music-theater piece about conspiracy theories, we realized very swiftly that we were actually investigating the nature of narrative itself.