A performance written by and for the Chapel Hill community, Discourse features present day narratives and history, with voices sourced from community gatherings and archival recordings, and an expanded ensemble of acoustic and electronic instruments.
In summer 2018, Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull (known together as Flutronix), began a multi-year residency at Carolina Performing Arts to create the project now known as Discourse, which has grown into a community-centered social change initiative and a new musical work by the artists premiering at CPA.
The seeds of Discourse were planted in response to the fear, uncertainty, and frustration dividing the US. Now, Flutronix has created an emotionally resonant new work in which the voices and personal stories of Chapel Hill are brought to vibrant life.
Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts, Discourse draws inspiration from—and incorporates—individual stories from this place for a stunning immersive musical performance. Originally set to premiere in spring 2020, Discourse has been re-envisioned for this new premiere in February 2021 at CPA’s CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio.
Discourse will feature present day narratives and history, with voices sourced from community gatherings and archival recordings, combined with an expanded ensemble of acoustic and electronic instruments, including Yvonne Lam on viola, Seth Parker-Woods on cello, and Joe Blaxx on drums. Discourse is an immersive performance, incorporating lighting design by Nicholas Houfek, sound design by Richard Salino, and dramaturgy by Sunder Ganglani.