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Jul 14, 2017 |
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The Grace Farms Foundation Welcomes The Sacred in Opera Initiative

Students from the University of Delaware
The Arts Initiative at the Grace Farms Foundation and the Sacred in Opera Initiative came together this past April to present contemporary interpretations of mystical Baroque vocal masterpieces by Neapolitan composer, Francesco Provenzale.

The cast featured vibrant young singers from the University of Delaware’s Opera Workshop Ensemble under the direction of The Sacred in Opera’s chair, Dr. Isai Jess Munoz.  Kenyon Adams, Artist in Residence at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music moderated a pre-talk where the creative team discussed the production’s process which utilized the contemporary physical theatre methods of Rudolf Laban and Anne Bogart to deepen a performer’s sense of full embodiment when working with baroque gesture and historical action on mystical themes.  This production was made possible by a generous space grant from The Grace Farms Foundation awarded to the University of Delaware for engaging in projects specific to fulfilling the mission of the Sacred in Opera Initiative.

The Grace Farms Foundation offers grants of space in lieu of monetary grants. Grace Farms seeks to develop and present new, collaborative, site-specific works at the intersection of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Like the SANAA-designed River building, (Grace Farm’s new award-winning home in New Canaan, CT) projects are conceived and created in response to this unique place and the vision it expresses. Invited artists, working in various disciplines investigate the potential of their eighty-acre property, and create both indoor and outdoor art installations, performances and more.  Spiritual practices of contemplation and social justice inform their ongoing process of creative experimentation.  For more information on Grace Farms, visit:  www.GraceFarms.org