mɔɹnɪŋ [Morning//Mourning]

“Sly and sweet, wistful and winsome and altogether lovable…Gelsey Bell’s wonderful, uncategorizable guide to what might unfold on Earth in the millions and billions of years after human history”

The New York Times

What would happen on earth after humans disappear?  This experimental opera inhabits a world where humans no longer exist. An ensemble of five vocalist/multi-instrumentalists guide the audience through the changes on Earth as forests grow back, new species evolve, and the human-made world erodes away. This work is a fantastical and playful exploration into the dire political and ethical contradictions that structure current human relations with nature.

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mɔɹnɪŋ [Morning//Mourning] Trailer


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Production Credits

Created by Gelsey Bell

Performed by: Gelsey Bell, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Justin Hicks, Aviva Jaye, Paul Pinto

Directed by Tara Ahmadinejad, Scenic Design by Afsoon Pajoufar, Costume Design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter, Lighting Design by Masha Tsimring, Sound Design by Hidenori Nakajo

Production History

World Premiere produced by HERE as a part of the Prototype Festival, January 2023.

Commissioned and developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program

Photos by Maria Baranova

Get in touch

Email amanda [at] alc-arts.org to discuss or click below to see other shows for booking.