storytelling delivered through scent and music
In this ScentOpera the scents will do the singing
The scents will tell the story as the audience is introduced to a new grammar, a new form of art.
The libretto, the written story and structure, encompasses chords of perfumes/scents. Music and sound design play a supporting role and will be precision coordinated with the release of scents.
Each seat is outfitted with a scent microphone. As the scents are inhaled, the human body will play them. Each scent will have complex chords of scent with the unique capacity to carry symbolic and associative meanings and memories.
For example, some scents may be associated with tastes, others with flavors. Some are recognizable - the smell of fresh air or smoke, others, though less definable, become so through conditioning and context.
In click Green Aria the scent libretto will evoke associative meanings as well as create new meanings defined within the context of the unfolding narrative.
As of today, both performances on each day, May 31 and June 1, are sold out. Bet the performance gets another go round.
Stewart Matthew collaborates with renowned fragrance designer Christophe Laudamiel and composers Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurdsson.
click here: Music from some of the musicians - starts in at minute two
Illustration: Green Secrets Lura Astor