Dhalgren Sunrise is a scripted/improvisational, interactive multimedia, ensemble-performance project based on the the novel Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany, as arranged, produced and directed by Mitchel Ahern for the Fort Point Theatre Channel.
Interpreting themes from the novel by using its dissociative techniques, each act stands on its own without a coherent plot. A varying set of movement artists, musicians, readers, and stage effects create an environment to explore and interpret identity, family, urban living, violence, and sexuality, and the nature of time and reality
Each of the six acts include a short text reading, either solo or dialogue, accompanied by invented and improvisational instruments, movement artists, and interactive lighting and stage effects.
The set represents this as an abstract cityscape in layers. The buildings are wheeled, and during the course of the piece slowly move around, shifting their relationship to one another. Lighting and video effects simulate the glow of distant fire. There is a screen for back projection behind the city; the imagery will vary for each act. Video will also be used interactively with the movement artists.
Each act has its own large letterpress title card. Reflecting a theme of the novel, more printed work appears in the lobby and on the stage.
The work is scheduled to be performed in June of 2017, dates and venue TBD.