Failing Kansas


Failing Kansas was the first opera of Mikel Rouse's Trilogy that ultimately consisted of Dennis Cleveland (1996) and The End of Cinematics (1997). Inspired by Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Failing Kansas considered the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas. As the story progressed, different vocal relationships entered to connect the themes of religion and social justice that formed the basis this work. Along with this premiere at The Kitchen, Rouse introduced the term Counterpoetry, which he defined as "the use of multiple unpitched voices in strict metric counterpoint," in Failing Kansas.

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Postcard [PDF]
New York Magazine Listing [PDF]
Village Voice Listing [PDF]
Program [PDF]
Press Release [PDF]
New York Times Review [PDF]
Village Voice Preview [PDF]

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