About a month ago, National Sawdust posted a new music video based on Angel’s Bone, the opera by composer Du Yun and librettist Royce Vavrek that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music. The new video was directed by Spa Theory, an all-female artist collective consisting of VCS alumnae Angela Fan and Michelle Yun and their collaborators Olivia Obin and Kim Tran.
Here’s a little information about Angel’s Bone from YouTube:
Following the release of 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning work Angel’s Bone by Du Yun and librettist Royce Vavrek, National Sawdust has partnered with all-female artist collective SPA THEORY to create one of this year’s first, if not only, operatic music films. Part art piece, part music video- this short features excerpts from the opera performed by composer / performance artist Du Yun and mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer.
In a recent interview on I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, Du Yun provided the following comments on working with Spa Theory to create the video:
Angela Fan is one of my favorite people working and talking with. She is my girl. I met her working on my first opera. Over the years, we bonded over our artistic visions, our girlie-ness as well as non-whiteness. She has a cool eye, an air of je-ne-sais-quoi, and an tremendous attention to detail. And she is a good ten years younger than I.
One of the nights when I visited her, we said we want more girl power, we want take more control in what we could do in the world. And we drank more wine, with a whole pineapple I brought along in sight.
Then she showed me a music video she worked with the team she built. An all girl team. So it seems more logical than anything else to work with her on this music video.
On collaborating this work, I only said three things to her: I want this video still possess an ineffable beauty and a traceable vulnerability within the doomed; I want an angle of looking out to a city faraway; and I wanted a drone shot.
Then she and her team ran wild.
Her incredible team, Olivia Obin, Kim Tran, and Michelle Yun, all women of her generation, delivered and outran my initial imagination.