THE 23 CONSTELLATIONS OF JOAN MIRÓ: 23 miniatures in response to the famous series of paintings by the legendary Catalan artist. A multi-media, evening length live show with music, projections of the paintings, and an actor portraying the artist.
“In the bigger picture, it updates the very spirit of western composition” - Ken Smith, GRAMOPHONE magazine.
Joan Miró was one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. The 23 “Constellation” paintings were perhaps his greatest achievement. In 1993 Bobby Previte went to the Miró Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, saw them all together (for only the third time in their history), and was stunned.
“Evanescent.” – The Washington Post
“Profoundly beautiful” – Downbeat
“Previte’s masterpiece” – Wire
“A desert island disc of ineffable beauty.” – Orange County Register
“Quite unlike anything else in contemporary music.” – Detroit Free Press
“Hypnotically compelling...a unique and personal vision of music today.” – The Guardian
“An impressive world premiere at the Winter Garden.” – New York Times
The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró is a cycle of 23 movements for each of the 23 “Constellation” paintings by the artist Joan Miró, painted during World War II.
Commissioned by the City of Birmingham, UK, Constellations was performed in February 2004 on a seven-city tour of the United Kingdom, and at the Teatro Nationale in Milan, Italy in May of 2005. The US premiere was presented by WNYC’s New Sounds Live at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. The multi-media program is approximately one and one half hours long, and includes projections of the paintings and text performed by the renowned actor David Patrick Kelly.