Divine Intervention provides ancient consideration for a way of solving many of the world’s present issues.
The musical opera created by Michael Emenau, Briane Nasimok, Kate Dowling and Mark Shekter is an acoustically interesting and fun view at this year’s fringe, but the story lacked a little in development and character strength.
The piece takes on the divergent perspectives of two of the most opinionated of Greek mythology’s gods: Apollo and Dionysus, in an attempt to use their varying traits to save Earth from the self-destructive hands of humans.
Using a judicial method of bringing forth witnesses and just examples to prove their cases, the two gods duke it out to defend their own way as the best to provide aid: through reasonable and rational consistent work, or irrational and inspired creative solutions. The audience, involved in the production, is to act as the ultimate judge.
Mary Shelly, Beethoven, and Mozart make short appearances, but the real merit of these and other accomplished intellectuals’ inclusion in the work is through Emenau’s beautiful arrangements. The most impressive part of the show is the music. Guitar, cajon, tambourine and piano continue playing throughout the performance, and the wonderful pitches of the cast members’ voices meet this sonic pleasure for these songs.
As originally published in The Chronicle Herald.