A sweet and poignant piece that deconstructs itself over time.
Performed by Kristen Whitson.
Instrumentation: solo cello
View the perusal score here.
Test Pilot, an intimate chamber dance opera by choreographer Penelope Freeh and composer Jocelyn Hagen, explores the power and wonder of creativity and invention through the birth of flight and the story of the Wright Brothers. Their sister, Katharine, is an often overlooked member of the Wright family, and her contribution to the family and their success is examined in this work through song and dance. The creators’ personal family legends and aviation heroics are also woven into the oblique narrative.
Special thanks to Kirsten Whitson for helping develop this work.