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“‘The Crumbling’ tells a surreal tale with stop-action animation and live music…”
-Pittsburgh City Paper
“Gideon’s New Video Opera Premieres”
– Pittsburgh Articulate
“Gideon Gives Viewers a “Dreamlike” Experience”
Alexis Gideon and a team of artistic collaborators present the world premiere of The Crumbling, a 21 minute narrative stop-motion animated opera that combines projected video with live music. Follow the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her. Explore the importance of word and symbol in a decaying culture, as well as the marginalization and persecution of people based on heritage, gender, race or belief, and all that is lost in such persecution.
For production stills and additional information, visit Alexis’s website.
The Crumbling is Gideon’s fourth stop-motion animated video opera. He has performed his earlier work over 350 times and in 11 countries, including at New Museum of Contemporary Art (Manhattan, NY), Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Times Zone Festival (Bari, Italy) and Suedpol (Luzerne, Switzerland). Gideon came to Pittsburgh just over a year ago and says he was drawn to the city for its vibrant art scene and down-to-earth attitude.
Directed by Alexis Gideon
Written by Jacob Rubin (Best New American Voices, New York Magazine, Slate) and Alexis Gideon
Music Composed, Performed and Produced by Alexis Gideon
Animation and Cinematography by Alexis Gideon
Character and Set Fabrication by Cynthia Star (Paranorman, Coraline) and Alexis Gideon
Costume Fabrication by Casey Droege (Six X Ate, CSA PGH) and Alexis Gideon
Background Sky Conception and Execution by Gretchen Neidert (Pittsburgh Filmmakers) and Alexis Gideon
Additional Mystic Artwork by Celeste Neuhaus (International Symposium for Electronic Art, LACMA)
Lighting Consultation by Andrew David Ostrowski
Title Design by Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul, The Changers)
Audio Mastering by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering
Funding for Alexis Gideon was provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.