The Industry will present new and experimental productions that merge music, visual arts, and performance in order to expand the traditional definition of opera and create a new paradigm for interdisciplinary collaboration.
WHERE VISUAL ARTS MEETS MUSIC
Opera is a performance where the ear watches and the eye hears: music intersects, contradicts, harmonizes with and battles against the visual, and the lively counterpoint between sight and sound constitutes the essence of the art form. Los Angeles is perfectly suited as a frontier in experimental music-theater projects, with its thriving visual arts scene and its exciting musical life. The Industry aims to be a bridge between these two cultural circles.
Los Angeles has been a vital home for artists and composers in the last century, and deep in the roots of the city, the energy of (among others) Schoenberg, Stravinsky, John Cage, and LaMonte Young still reverberates. The Industry will build from of their spirit of artistic exploration, investigating how those seeds are still a vital part of the life and thinking of California.
The Industry aspires to be regarded on a national level for premiering the most exciting and experimental new work in the country. But along with making Los Angeles a destination for the premiere production of new work, the great works of artists who lived and worked in the city will be presented in bold new ways.