SHE MUST DIE
Dylan Bandy, Brittany Loewen, Cydney Asher, Alyssa Arrigo
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
SHE MUST DIE
SHE MUST DIE is a classical-contemporary cabaret with 3M overhead projector. Soprano Brittany Loewen’s “controlled and powerful voice”* propels feeling through sound; while the folk-pop duo Laura Dern steadies the brimming emotion with songs about disappearing and forever. A small ensemble of piano and cello reinforce the immersive sonic landscape. The arias, from the operas La Gioconda, Madama Butterfly, Otello, and Suor Angelica, lay the foundation for SHE MUST DIE, as at the end of each aria, the soprano dies, and dies over and over again. The band Laura Dern, comprised of guitarist-vocalist Cydney Asher and vocalist Dylan Bandy, compliment Loewen’s powerful sound with a soft, vulnerable intertwining of voices and unsettling harmonies. SHE MUST DIE attempts to reconcile each death—each tawdry demise—with something overwhelming.
SHE MUST DIE was developed in reaction to the misogyny inherent in the plots of many operas. This production re-envisions the operatic death as a jumping-off point for a larger discussion about gendered experience. The work comments on body politics, romantic iconography, and expectations of morality or sacrifice.
*Quote; Perform Ink Chicago.
Dylan Bandy (Creator/Director) is a musician, director, and producer. She has collaborated with artists Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Damian Rebgetz (Gob Squad), Gracie Hagen (Illusions of the Body), and others. Passionate about new works, she has performed in Dinner Dance (MCA Chicago), Voices of Light (Marriott Marquis NYC), The Lost (Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Too be continued... (DAAD Gallerie Berlin), and The Waiting Room (Whyte Museum Banff). Her performance/installation, Strangers in a Song, has garnered praise internationally including with the 100º Festival Award from Hebbel Am Ufer Theater. She is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Brittany Loewen (Performer/Producer) is a Chicago-based soprano. Brittany received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Branghien in Chicago Opera Theater’s 2017 production of Le Vin Herbé at the Music Box. She won first place in the Chicago College of Performing Arts solo competition and performed Luonnotar by Jean Sibelius with the CCPA Symphony Orchestra. The recording is often played on WFMT Chicago. She has performed internationally with Opera Pacific, Chicago Opera Theater, OperaWorks, Flagstaff in Fidenza, International Lyric Academy, Indiana University Opera Theater, CCPA, and Forte Chicago. Brittany is passionate about new works and seeks to bridge the classical and the contemporary.
Cydney Asher (Guitarist/Vocalist) is a guitarist and vocalist in Laura Dern. Hailing from Charlottesville, VA, she is a proud drop out from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since moving to Chicago, she has studied at the Old Town School of Folk Music and worked as a theatrical technician and barista. She and Dylan have been playing together as Laura Dern since 2015.
Alyssa Arrigo (Pianist) is a music educator and freelance pianist in Chicago. She is an adjunct faculty member at Moraine Valley Community College where she teaches private piano instruction, keyboard theory and music history classes. Alyssa is a graduate of the esteemed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as well as the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.