Works

Satellite’s last pre-Covid live performance before a major pivot to online was Echo & Narcissus, a work scored by Aaron Severini with assistance of a generous grant from New Music USA. The work was ambitious in scope and allowed us to build an entire ensemble of national and local musicians with ShoutHouse, led by Will Healy, as the music was written as jazz for a chamber orchestra. The impact of this in the musical community of Brooklyn was bracing — the working groups went on afterward to collaborate on several spin off projects. In this way, Satellite also supports musicians and composers indirectly by building strong networks to foster further collaborations.
King Lear

King Lear

INTER-DISCIPLINE
KING + LEAR + JET

Mercy is gone missing but the cameras never stop rolling. Dramas cannot therefore stop unfolding. Satellite is producing King Lear as a short film, and bringing it to the stage.

Our King Lear is about loyalty. A world where mercy is gone missing. Don’t trust your sister - because she will convince your other sister to commit treason against you. And stupid is as stupid does.

Echo & Narcissus

Echo & Narcissus 2020

INTER-DISCIPLINE
MUSIC + LIGHT + STORY + DANCE + FILM + OPERA

Echo & Narcissus will engage original music, live chamber performance, visual art, ballet, digital multimedia, opera, and lighting design. The ambition of the project’s scope is matched by the deftness of its team.

Had its debut at Brooklyn Academy of Music September, 2018. Satellite Collective received a Citation for achievement in the arts from the Borough of Brooklyn. Kevin Draper, Artistic Director, also received a Citation for achievement in the arts from the Borough of Brooklyn.

Echo & Narcissus will be the 17th interdisciplinary performance work by Satellite Collective since its founding eight years ago.

Illuminate the unrest and discord of our contemporary political moment.

Echo and Narcissus (full performance synopsis): Narcissus, the forceful one, enters, making calls like a hunter. Then she, Echo, the graceful, refined one enters. He is primal, almost feral; she is charming. He is smitten and calls her to him; a heated flirtation begins. Her friends seem skeptical; they enter a vibrant tableau. She wants to go to him; her protective friend tries to deter her, but is unsuccessful. Narcissus interacts with her peers but tangles with her protective friend. In a filmed interlude, we witness Narcissus’ violence. The conflict escalates further between Narcissus and Echo’s protective friend. Echo discovers them fighting and gets between them. She is pulled by their conflicting forces, wanting both. For now, she goes with Narcissus. We see the conflict playing out inside her friends. Then, a horrible incident, the death of Echo’s friend; Narcissus seems responsible. As the others mourn, Narcissus is no longer welcome. Echo is engulfed in a chaos of grief. Narcissus pleads with her to speak to the police on his behalf, “it was an accident.” She knows it was not; Narcissus’ violence ended her friend, and she is now unable to walk. She has been disillusioned. Echo finds healing through the support of her friends.

Sad Blimp

Sad Blimp

LIVING SCULPTURE, FLYING VIDEO SCREEN, SAD BLIMP WITH LIVESTREAM
WORLD WAR I OBSERVATION BLIMPS + MUSIC + LIGHT + WORDS

Kevin Draper, with Satellite Collective, would like to propose the installation of a 40 foot long aerostat hovering thirty feet above the ground acting as a cinema screen during the night, and a silent observer during the day. We intend to premiere a series of film and visual work on this canvas. The aerostat is nicknamed SAD BLIMP.

It is Satellite’s intention for this world premiere to be the first point on a long journey, as the aerostat has been engineered to be an aerospace grade installation, with the assistance of military engineers and input from Macy’s balloon makers. We intend this idea to grow, and maybe one day, be hanging out in space for tourists.

Satellite Blimp will bring the silent witness of ancient observation blimps to the waterways of New York, bearing witness in ground projections and real time performances on these giant canvases.

Dance + Music + Embedded Imagery

Two

Interdisciplinary Dance
Dance + Music + Embedded Imagery
This collaboration will explore the entanglement of space, human relationship and image. A score by an accomplished New York City Ballet dancer interacts with intensely personal choreography by a young choreographer from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a set that unfolds in imagery as the work proceeds. Buried within is a silent libretto, a story of those who would trade their future for their impossible past.
Gran Jericho

Gran Jericho

Experimental Short Film
Short Film + Music + Silent Libretto + Animation
This collaboration will explore the connection between heroism that is real and heroism that is publicity in an environment where faith has grown weak and seen its structures dismantled.
  • Director Lora Robertson
  • Score Stelth Ulvang
  • Visual Design Kevin Draper
  • Lighting Stirling Baker
  • Story Kevin Draper
  • Animation Lora Robertson
Dance + Music + Loopvoice

Phone Message

Interdisciplinary Dance
Dance + Music + Loopvoice
This collaboration will explore the posthuman condition of individuality and a new musical process of tone overlays that makes the string instrument sound like a human voice.
  • Choreographer Devin Alberda
  • Score Richie Greene
  • Visual Design Kevin Draper
  • Lighting Stirling Baker
Spoken Word Pairing + Embedded Industry

Word

Spoken Word Pairing + Embedded Industry
This collaboration will explore the need for invocation as two men with two voices speak.
  • Performers Yuval David and Nikhil
  • Writers Kevin Draper, Nikhil
  • Visual Design Kevin Draper
  • Lighting Stirling Baker
Architectural Intervention

Intervention

Architectural Relic
This collaboration will explore the presence of the architectural relic.
  • Visual Artist Site : Lab
  • Lighting Stirling Baker
A Pair of Ideal Landscapes

A Pair of Ideal Landscapes

Interdisciplinary Dance
Dance + Short Film + Original Score
This collaboration explores the entanglement of live and recorded timelines with dancers on both the stage and screen. the artists have taken the dream of simultaneity as their inspiration - the intimacy of human meaning within the land of complexity we all inhabit
  • Short Film Lora Robertson
  • Score Richie Green
  • Choreography Esme Boyce
  • Lighting Brandon Stirling Baker
Edie Leaves Twice

Edie Leaves Twice

Experimental Short Film
Short Film + Libretto + Original Score
Edie Leaves Twice is the second in the Satellite Collective series of short films - the story of a young woman leaving her home twice - once as she leaves her mother, and again when she must return to get her child.
  • Story Kevin Draper
  • Stop Motion Animation Lora Robertson
  • Score Ellis Ludwig - Leone
WALLS

WALLS

Interdisciplinary Dance
Dance + Multimedia + Original Score
This collaboration explores human struggle and entanglement though use of athletic movement, and a full architectural grasp of the stage space.
  • Choreography Manuel Vignoulle
  • Multimedia Kevin Draper
  • Lighting Brandon Stirling Baker
  • Score Ellis Ludwig - Leone
Individuate

Individuate

Interdisciplinary Dance
Ballet + Strings and Electric Guitar
A new ballet that explores the edge of post human gender - and playfully engages a little marxism.
  • Choreography Devin Alberda
  • Score Nick Jaina
I Can Help You

I Can Help You

Spoken Word
Poetry + Soundscape
Water

Water

Music for Consideration
Solo Instrumental + Wit
A solo instrumental composed with expectations of bringing a self deprecating wit, historical reference and emotional coloration to the audience for just a brief time.
  • Composition David Moss
  • Imagery Kevin Draper
Emergence

Emergence

Multidisciplinary Dance
Dance + Short Film + Original Score
The unsettling of Spring grounds inspires this piece. 4 dancers and mobile projection.
Twin Star Event

Twin Star Event

Experimental Short Film
Animated Film + Libretto + Original Score
A short film that tells the story of Apollo and the birth of his sister. Scored to an experimental quintet by Ellis Ludwig-Leone.
Rituals

Rituals

Multidisciplinary Dance
Dance + Multimedia + Original Score
A dance for six, with multimedia. "Ritual" dives into the volcanic beginnings of families.
Spoken Word
Experimental Spoken World
Poetry + Soundscape + Multimedia

Satellite Ballet & Collective

Warehouse Under the Hudson

Warehouse Under the Hudson

Multidisciplinary Ballet
Ballet + Multimedia + Libretto + Original Score
Epistasis

Epistasis

Multidisciplinary Ballet
Ballet + Multimedia + Original Score + Silent Libretto
Progress

Progress

Multidisciplinary Ballet
Ballet + Multimedia + Original Score + Libretto
Cosmonaut

Cosmonaut

Song Cycle
Multimedia + Original Score and Lyrics
Thief

Thief

Song Cycle
Multimedia + Original Score and Lyrics
A thief of memories considers his love for a woman, how he might be helpful to her, and how he might convince her to trade her future for the wonderful past he has collected behind her.
  • Story Kevin Draper
  • Lyrics Nick Jaina
  • Multimedia Kevin Draper and Lora Robertson
  • Score Nick Jaina