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On May 6, Egill Sæbjörnsson and Marcia Moraes will give a performance presentation of research for their new pop opera being developed as part of their residency at The Watermill Center. The event is a performance installation where the artists have ‘hijacked’ the building to be used as their stage, actor, and prop. The evening will include three scenes taking place simultaneously throughout the building. The audience will have the option to choose what order they view the scenes.

Lisa Lie, theater director, actor and writer from Norway together with Jeremy Woodruff, Berlin based American composer, were invited to join in for this phase of development. During the residency the group will concentrate on adapting the material for the environment and interact with the spaces and collection of The Watermill Center. The World is Bigger Than You Think is a “walk through” experience where different places around the Center are brought to life with video projections, performance and music. The aim of the residency is to explore working “site specific” as a part of a research for a second phase of rehearsal and final presentation of the work. One aspect of the work is the relationship between a person and their environment, or how inner and outer worlds are connected. Sæbjörnsson and Moraes will present their work again at Clocktower Gallery in New York City on May 10. Please click HERE for more details.

Moraes & Sæbjörnsson have collaborated on several projects such as The Mind that toured different institutions as Frankfurter Kunstverein, Museum for Contemporary Art in Roskilde and Neuer Berliner Kunstberein. Their last productionWhat Got You Here Won’t Get You There was a commissioned work by Freunde Guter Musik for their series Musicworks by Visual Artists and was presented at Hamburger Bahnhof – museum für Gegenwart in Berlin.

This work is supported by The Icelandic Arts Center.

Creation / Direction: Egill Sæbjörnsson and Marcia Moraes
 Dramaturgy / Text: Egill, Marcia Moraes and Lisa Lie Music composition: Egill Sæbjörnsson and Jeremy Woodruff Performers:
 Egill, Marcia Moraes and Lisa Lie Production: Manuela Altmann