Last year, Jihae released the album Fire Burning Rain and as part of the promotions, put together a musical theater production to accompany the LP. The show is about to have another debut in a couple weeks at the Highline Ballroom in NY City on September 8th. The multi-media Rock Opera is a full scale theatrical showcase that tackles an abstract story. You can find more information and promotional videos after the break. If you’re interested, tickets are available here.
Just a heads up, some of the clips below are NSFW.
FIRE BURNING RAIN multi-media rock opera was created by internationally renowned artist/composer Jihae in collaboration with two time Academy Award winning playwright/director John Patrick Shanley.
Inspired by Joan of Arc, Fire Burning Rain tells a futuristic story of a heroine’s journeys to free ‘the light’. The people of the upper world become devastated as the natural resources of the earth are depleted and their bodies have grown into buildings and wires. The heroine is their only hope to retrive ‘the light’ to save the dying earth and humanity. The heroine’s pilgrimage to the magical and eerie forest of the underworld begins…The 70-minute performance is a fantastical multi-media display, including live music, modern dance, elaborate costumes and digital integration that envelopes the audience in a dreamlike world.
Jihae is an internationally renowned musician, artist and style icon. Her self released albums, commercial compositions, fine art and films have received critical acclaim from IFC, NME, MTV, Pitchfork, ID and Vogue Germany. She has collaborated with numerous award-winning artists including Michel Gondry, Christopher Doyle, Marco Brambilla and Lenny Kravitz. Whether performing at the Cannes Film Festival or opening for Lou Reed and Sonic Youth, Jihae’s captivating live shows transcend genres with an ever-evolving, always-electrifying sound.
JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, CO-CREATOR
John Patrick Shanley is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. Shanley won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for Moonstruck, starring Cher. His 2005 play, Doubt: A Parable was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Drama Desk Award, the Obie Award and the Tony Award for Best Play. Shanley went on to write and direct the 2008 film version starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Shanley’s work has been nominated by the Independent Spirit Awards, the Satellite Awards, the Golden Globes, the Emmys, the BAFTA Awards and the Academy Awards. He has written twenty-four plays and ten films. He currently works and resides in New York.
“A truly defining moment in today’s world of music. It was beyond EPIC!”
– Ron Finestone
“Jihae has a shamanistic power on stage”.
– John Patrick Shanley, Playwright/Director
“What touched me the most was Jihae’s voice live! The theatrical performances, the costumes and the whole storytelling were really enjoyble but I fell in love again with music”.
– Maria Garozi, Vogue Italy
“From the moment the show started I was transported, the combination of lights, music, movement and of course Jihae’s incredible vocals created an extraordinary environment. Transcendent.”
– Adam Pollock, SIN (Sony Music Independent Network)