Daniel Kötter

Problem Radical(s)

video for an opera by object collection, New York


Problem Radical(s) April-May, 2009 Performance Space 122, NYC

writer and director: Kara Feely
composer: Travis Just
installation: Hannah Dougherty
video: Daniel Kötter
costume designer: Peter Ksander
lighting designer: Miranda Hardy
stage manager: Sarah Nerboso
associate producer: Morgan von Prelle Pecelli
performed by Karl Allen, Sarah Dahlen, Francesco Gagliardi, Caitlin McDonough Thayer
musicians: Kevin Farrell, James Moore
production assistants: Peiyi Wong, Stacey Berman, Sara Patterson
Workshop performers included: Avi Glickstein, Alex Barreto and Jessica Grace Pagan

Problem Radical(s) was developed in part through a residency at Abrons Arts Center, summer 2008 











Problem Radical(s) is an experimental theatricalist opera just the way such things should be and rarely are. Creators Kara Feely and Travis Just have created a sophisticated collision between elegant formal considerations and the disruptive garbage of a world going down the drain that is exciting and exhilarating. The spectator is swept away in its delirious mix and emerges clear and emotionally refreshed." -- Richard Foreman


Problem Radical(s) is an experimental opera mixing everyday radical acts, a sprawling sculpture, massive inflating tarps, industrious performers, and hardcore noise. Each night, the performers navigate an ever-expanding, unstable installation. Musicians and singers reassemble the modular electronic and instrumental score, evoking American radical thinkers, civic activists, and maneuverable personal blimps.