On December 16, Clare Cook and a wonderful team of dancers and musicians joined Mkhululi and Paul for our first workshop and presentation of The Road Between The Desert And The Ocean at the Center for the Ballet and the Arts! Drums were hit, lights were smashed, and music and movement brought to life for the first time.
Wild Goose Dreams opened at the Public Theater on November 14 and will run with an extension through December 16! It has been an amazing few years working on this special piece and Paul would like to thank Hansol Jung, Charity Wicks, Leigh Silverman, and all the amazing actors who learnt and performed their binary code choral music night after night without going insane.
Paul and Mkhululi Mabija are among a group of 27 artists chosen for resident fellowships at the Center for the Ballet and the Arts. They look forward to meeting all the wonderful artists and scholars there and hopefully not walking away with a reputation as problem children.
They will spend their time at the CBA working on The Road Between the Desert and the Ocean, an original dance musical that tells the story of two grandmothers who meet in the place between this life and the next.
Paul was incredibly fortunate to be a part of the 2018 Composer-Librettist Studio at New Dramatists alongside incredible fellow composers Marc Chan, J. Oconer Navarro, Milica Paranosic, and Zonia Tsang; playwrights Mia Chung, Keelay Gipson, Barbara Hammond, Sibyl Kempson, and Cheri Magid; and performers Christin Byrdsong, Kelvin Chan, Kimberly Chatterjee, Camille Harris, and Jessica Medoff.
The studio is run by Nautilus Music-Theater director Ben Krywosz and music director Roger Ames.