Originally published in Compass, August 8, 2013
Opera House Arts presents evening of family activities
Stonington’s Main Street is one of the unique and most beautiful places in Maine. The state’s busiest working waterfront, landing more lobster than any other port, it is an entry to Maine’s largest archipelago, Acadia National Park’s Isle au Haut section, and is a remarkable and historic example of New England Gothic architecture—of the type loved and documented by 20th century American painter Edward Hopper, according to a release from Opera House Arts.
On Tuesday, August 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., Opera House Arts brings Hopper’s work to life on Stonington’s Main Street with an evening of activities devoted to exploring the connections between the two, including a free, sneak preview performance of “Voyeur,” the installation-dance-video work by Bridgman/Packer in performance at the Opera House August 15-18.
“Hopper Round Stonington” is an evening hosted by OHA’s Community Advisory Board. It will begin at 5 p.m. with registration on the Opera House deck for a Main Street scavenger hunt for unique Gothic, Hopper-esque architectural elements—as well as for live tableau, based on Hopper paintings, the Opera House will present for participants to discover. The scavenger hunt is designed for families or for individuals to enjoy, and can take approximately an hour. Free food will be served on the deck from 6 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., Bridgeman/Packer will present a free sneak preview of how they create their intricate, Guggenheim award-winning dance-video performances, including “Voyeur.”
“The scale and scope of this work is something audiences north of Portland, and especially in small communities such as ours, rarely get to experience,” said Judith Jerome, OHA’s Artistic Director. “And the connection to the work of Hopper aligns with the aesthetic of the Opera House’s home in downtown Stonington.”
“Voyeur” is a National Dance Touring Project performance featured at the Bates Dance Festival and moving on only to the Stonington Opera House. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, August 15-18. Due to the nature of the performance, seating is limited to only 60 audience members per performance, and advance reservations are strongly recommended.
Those wishing to pre-register for Hopper Round Stonington may do so by calling the Opera House box office at 367-2788. Tickets for the performances may be obtained online at operahousearts.org or by calling or visiting Opera House Arts’ box office, on the corner of Main and School Streets, 367-2788. All shows are at 7p.m.