Polia & Blastema, E. Elias Merhige's
first foray into opera, is a gnostic creation myth told through a visual tapestry which journeys into immensely desolate hellscapes of the inorganic as organic folding back onto itself in ever spiraling, fractally superimposing cataclysms of wormhole network (be)longing.
"Bold. There is no one left exploring new imagery and new sound so radically."
"Mindblowingly beautiful. Pure seeing and wonder … otherworldiness magic."
" … Like the long shriek of nature."
" … my brain went in a thousand directions, blasted by its cosmic radiations."
"Few films instill such a sense of magic and terror …"
Aesthetically tempered by aspects of decay, rot, earth, and the meta-myth structure of human cognition, the multi-leveled world of Polia & Blastema is informed by the visual imagination of David Wexler
, a celebrated visual artist who has been the mastermind behind the live performances of Flying Lotus, The Weeknd, and The Glitch Mob, among many other artists. It is also informed by Viennese Actionism as much as it is by Eugene Thacker’s notions of “the world without us”, of supernatural horror and dissolution, expressed in the separation and (re)union of two entities who in the end feast on one another in ritualistic ecstasy
Starring Nina McNeely
and Jasmine Albuquerque
and featuring vocalists Micaela Tobin
and Sharon Chohi Kim
, Polia & Blastema is a unique cinematic journey into the cosmic.
Presented byCentury Guild CreativeStrangeloop StudiosThe Teaching MachinePolia & Blastemaa cosmic opera
FeaturingNina McNeelyJasmine Albuquerque
Libretto & DirectionE. Elias Merhige
Creative Direction & Visual Effects SupervisorDavid Wexler
Composer & Sound DesignGavin Gamboa
VocalistsMicaela TobinSharon Chohi Kim
Animation & CompositingAlec MaassenAron JohnsonNic Juister