Vespertine Opera Theater's first commissioned work, Heart Mountain by Sarah Mattox chronicles the real life experience of Kara Kondo in the Heart Mountain Japanese-American concentration camp in Wyoming during World War II. Taken directly from her journal, this work has a powerful resonance to local Pacific Northwest history. It was performed in the three quarters round at theLAB@Inscape, in the Inscape Arts Building, formerly the Immigration Services building, where local Japanese American community leaders were imprisoned in the racial hysteria following the attack at Pearl Harbor. During 1942, many Japanese American families were processed in the very room in which the workshop was performed.
A workshop is the artistic process of putting a new piece on its feet for the first time to see what works and what needs to be tweaked. Check back for information regarding the full production of Heart Mountain in an upcoming season.
Photos by Alan Alabastro
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Heart Mountain by Sarah Mattox
Workshop performed in theLAB@Inscape
Violin and Percussion
Dan Wallace Miller
Sarah Mattox, Kara Kondo