We are commissioning a new semi-staged song cycle to raise social awareness for disordered eating, which has risen drastically across international populations since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the National Library of Medicine Journal, the current COVID-19 pandemic has created a global environment that is likely to increase eating disorder risk and symptoms within the general public, decrease factors that protect against ED's, and exacerbate barriers to adequate care. The National Eating Disorder Information Center has declared that eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa, have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness since 2020.
Our overall goal is to raise social awareness for disordered eating in its many forms through a series of public performances that highlight these issues' impacts upon individuals in society.
Our artistic team is three-fold: Daniel Felsenfeld is our composer, Bea Goodwin is our librettist, and Emily Cox is our performer/producer.The piece, scored for soprano and piano, is a staged song-cycle directly addressing disordered eating from three distinct points of view. The text speaks to the struggles and challenges of an individual experiencing disordered eating, including bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and body dysmorphia. It is a linked cycle in the tradition of Schubert's Winterreisse or Rorem's Poems of Love and the Rain. The individual pieces--20 in total--take a look at the complex issue from multiple perspectives, winnowed through the lone voice of a single soprano.
The piece is currently in its early developmental stages. We will host an open workshop of current work in August-September 2022 in Chicago, IL, with the intent to perform the work in its entirety in the spring of 2023.
We are currently identifying sponsors, donors and partnerships to assist with this co-commission's continued creation. We are confident that our previous experiences in fundraising and production development will aid us in making this project a national movement.
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