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Posted by Kaley Belval at 1:58AM
FLEFF, Habitats

Blog posting by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production ‘15, FLEFF Blogger, Woodbury, CT.


Amor. Love. Liebe. Amour.


The passion associated with this word invokes thoughts of romance, happiness and occasionally, tragedy.


Jairo Geronymo, an internationally renowned pianist, returns to Ithaca for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival’s opening concert, Carmen’s Habitats. At 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, the performance will be held in Hockett Recital Hall.  


“The original concept for this year's concert was a parallel between our relationships with Carmen and with the environment,” he said. “In Bizet's opera, with so many well known melodies, Don José is seduced and at the end kills Carmen. There is an interesting parallel there on how we all love, but at the same time destroy the object of our love, our own home.”


This fresh take on the classic opera provides an insight into the fragility of human relationships and interactions. With the help of Norman Johnson from the Theater Department, the designers behind Carmen’s Habitats carefully produced the concepts and staging behind this year’s performance.


“There will be several Carmens and several Don Josés, some as dancers, some as musicians, all in perfect sync with the gorgeously abstract scenery from Mary Zebell and the images from Insights International,” Geronymo said.


Unlike other seemingly “average” concerts, this year’s performance utilizes multimedia and a wide range of talents to explore the demolition of all that one holds dear.


“The team of musicians is fantastic, portraying the tender, luscious and brutal sides of Carmen. My colleague Dr. Deborah Martin and I prepared great selections from Carmen and related works, with many surprise guests. I cannot tell more because the marriage of all these art forms is the main ingredient for the magic of this spectacle!”


After living in Brazil, then the United States and now Germany, Geronymo highlights the impact of physical and psychological habitats on the human experience. Carmen’s Habitats, in a similar way, provides a space for the audience to explore their own perceptions of love and loss.


“If you are not afraid to face the tender and brutal beauty of our lives, come to this concert and experience with us the remarkable story of our many Carmens.”


Which act of Carmen's Habitats are you most excited for?

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