Working hard! Almost there!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2012 by davidjmurphy

Just posting a general update. All but one very tiny song have been written and recorded! Yes, that means 19 songs exist in this show, soon to be 20, if you count the short segue tunes as songs, which they basically would be if you repeat them a few times and sing something about monkeys or peanut butter over them. Hilary has choreographed to every song that exists, and the dancers are keeping up superbly, learning their parts and making the show come to life. We’re almost there!! Just a tiny bit more music and choreography to create, finalizing a bunch of costumes, building some set pieces, and a whole host of dirty details like renting a truck and getting the CDs finalized, printed and pressed, putting up posters around town (you should be seeing them around!), and updating our web places which we’re a little behind on. :)

We are working super hard, every one of us, and this show is going to really shine, on the stage and on the DVD as well! If you can’t make it in person, keep your eyes peeled on this website for the announcement of the DVD release! You will also be able to download the studio sound track from David’s Bandcamp page once it’s released!

We are so grateful and so blessed by all the donations we’ve received to make this project happen. Thank you all SO MUCH.

See you at the show!!

Order tickets here

Facebook Event

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2012 by davidjmurphy

We’ve added an event page on facebook at the following URL. http://www.facebook.com/events/227563770687815

Come tell us whether you can make it!

Update for fundraising!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2012 by davidjmurphy

For those who missed our fundraising period with Kickstarter, we’ve set up a ChipIn account where anyone can still donate to Persephone: A Rock Ballet! People have asked where they can donate since the Kickstarter period has ended. Here’s the answer! And thank you so much to everyone who’s donated already! Click here for the ChipIn page.

If you haven’t checked out the video, click the photo in the post below. It will show you what the show will be like and how it’s being made. When you’re done you can share with your friends! Even if you aren’t donating we want you to see this :)

Check out our kickstarter video!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 14, 2012 by davidjmurphy

We are super excited to show you this video. Get a look at what the show is made of, and hear some of the original music!

Click the video image, or this text, to see our Kickstarter page!

Our version of the story of Persephone, in a nutshell: Happy in a sunny idyllic world, Persephone loved playing with Faeries and picking flowers. Her mother Demeter, the nourishing Earth Mother, watched over her proudly. One day Persephone took a step outside the familiar to explore her growing individuality. Hades, lord of the Underworld, saw his opportunity and erupted from the earth to woo Persephone and take her to his lair. In shock over her loss of innocence, she is befriended by the Lost Souls of the Underworld, who cannot move on. Persephone finds she is gifted with the power to usher the Souls onto their next realm. She grows into womanhood and empowerment in her newfound role. Meanwhile her mother Demeter declares famine over the Earth until her daughter is found. Demeter wanders the Earth, searching, and praying to Persephone’s father Zeus, who plays coy. While animals starve, crops perish, and icy cold settles over the world, Demeter gives up mid-search, collapsing near a village. A family find her, pamper her, and give her shelter. In exchange, she offers their youngest boy enlightenment and spiritual purification. The boy’s mother walks in to find her son engulfed in fire, and turns her rage on Demeter. The boy arises, now a being of light and wisdom, and reveals Demeter’s true identity. The family then celebrate and revere Demeter, who, revived, travels to find Zeus. She implores Zeus to engage his heart and sense of emotion, and demands that he find Persephone at once. He is moved and complies, summoning and dispatching three messengers. One travels to the Faeries but is weak and succumbs to their playful, hypnotic enticement. One travels to Otherworld and encounters strange beings who bear a message of unity in defiance of fear and hostility. One travels to the Underworld, and finds Persephone, now a transformed Queen. He reports that she must return to her family. She is torn, as she has found love with Hades but remembers her mother. Persephone agrees to return, and the messenger asks if she has eaten any food from the Underworld. She had, and now she is bound to the Underworld forever. The messenger says she may return to see her family for half of every year, and for the other half she must remain with Hades. Persephone returns to her family, bringing warmth, joy, and the bloom of Spring with her. Demeter sees her daughter has transformed and is deeply hurt by this. Her parents demand she never again leave them. Persephone teaches her parents that there is never only one side, and that one must integrate light and dark, love and pain, life and death, as there cannot be one without the other. When she returns to the Underworld, Hades demands that she never leave him. She imbues the same lesson into the heart of Lord of Darkness that she now finds is her real power–the integration of opposites. Persephone leads the change of seasons, the healing of schisms, the reconciliation of dualities. She is the diplomat of catharsis.