Kidnapping Water at the DuPen Fountain, Seattle
Kidnapping Water at the DuPen Fountain, Seattle

About the Performances

Byron Au Yong has composed 64 Bottled Operas with texts from eight librettists. The libretti are prompted by the I-Ching (Book of Changes). The music is scored for one singer and one percussionist in Western and graphic notation. Each Bottled Opera lasts between one to five minutes. They are most effective performed as a set.

Directors, presenters and musicians are invited to stage, present and perform any or all of the 64 Bottled Operas in waterways such as rivers, lakes and fountains in rural, urban and suburban locations.

The title – Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas – hints at a playful and urgent call to action about water resources. This is a work for future generations to be performed now.

Photos by Jean-Stephane
Photos by Jean-Stephane

Performance History

Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas has been performed in 64 waterways throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of the 2008 King County Site-Specific Performance Network. A set of 11 Bottled Operas plus water percussion interludes were performed as part of the 2008 Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts in Seattle.

Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas is also available as a Sound/Light Installation created by Au Yong in collaboration with interactive media artist Randy Moss.

Performance Press

Water Music, Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly, Aug 27, 2008
Sneak Peek, Mary Stevens Decker, Redmond Reporter, Aug 22, 2008
A Water Opera, Roxanne Ray, International Examiner, Aug 20, 2008
Sopping Wet Operas, Seattlest, Aug 15, 2008
Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas in Seahurst Park, B*Town Blog, Aug 15, 2008
Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas, Jeremy Richards, KUOW NPR, Aug 12, 2008
Miniature Operas in Water, Jen Graves, the Stranger Slog, Aug 11, 2008


64 musical miniatures prompted by the 易經 I-Ching (Book of Changes)

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