Transcendence is motion. Falling into the sublime is motion. Both are the sweet effects of BLISS, the soul-soothing paean by acclaimed Icelandic multi-disciplinary artist Ragnar Kjartansson.
BLISS replays three sublime minutes of The Marriage of Figaro with the same cast and same orchestra without pause for twelve hours. The scene, in which Count Almaviva pleads for, and ultimately wins, the Countess’s forgiveness, features some of the most heavenly music Mozart composed. BLISS creates the feeling of an eternal looped moment of repentance and grace, of free-falling in sublime transcendence.
Sold out in New York and Los Angeles, BLISS appears in Detroit as a community experience for listeners to come as they are and come and go as they please. Re-staged by MOT Artistic Director Yuval Sharon, BLISS reflects the overarching theme of this season: music possesses the power to heal; it can hold us eternally in forgiveness and grace.