A new chamber music theatre work for solo actress and onstage music trio of cello, piano and percussion set in Paris during the years 1911-1913. The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre by Italian worker Vincenzo Peruggia and held captive in his squalid apartment before being released in Florence in 1913. During this captivity, the Mona Lisa comes to life and in narrative and song, reveals her feelings and perspectives on the men who have posessed and obsessed over her for hundreds of years. Most prominent are: Leonardo da Vinci her "creator" and closest confidant. Pablo Picasso: Does he really want her burned to ashes? Did he steal her himself? Is he a lover of women or just an opportunistic misogynist? Vincenzo Peruggia: Why has he "kidnapped" her? Does he truly "love" her and want her all to himself or are there other motivations at work? The onstage music trio interacts with Mona Lisa in compelling and surprising ways. New concert music written for the Core Ensemble, vocal and instrumental music of the early 20th century by Stravinsky, Satie, Weill and Debussy as well as Italian and French Renaissance composers are featured.
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