Dreaming/Undreaming: Creating an Interdisciplinary Event

Dreaming/Undreaming: Creating an Interdisciplinary Event

CARMEN-HELENA TÉLLEZ, artistic director, conductor, composer, Kosmologia Interdisciplinary Ensemble

CHIA PATIÑO, dramaturg



CAMILLA TASSI, video artist

RYAN BELOCK, video artist

GREGORY J. GEEHERN, moderator, The Princeton Festival




Carmen-Helena Téllez and her artistic team will discuss the challenges and adventures of creating a new inter-artistic event with the interdisciplinary collective Kosmologia. Commissioned by The Princeton Festival, the new art-music video Dreaming/Undreaming was inspired by two tales of the masterful Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges – the “Library of Babel” and “The Aleph”.

This new work creates a unique visual and musical experience, an art-music video where we travel between worlds of persuasive dreams and deceptive realities in our universe. A piano recital progresses seamlessly between original compositions created specifically for this project in conversation with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the master of polyphony. Dreaming/ Undreaming establishes a conversation between the piano recital and a series of original videos.

The piece was created under the artistic direction of Carmen-Helena Téllez, designed in collaboration with dramaturg Chia Patiño, pianist Natasha Stojanovska, dancer Alexa Capareda, and video artists Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock.  This co-creative enterprise is very different from the more hierarchical or individualistic processes seen in opera production or contemporary composition. The final profile of the artwork may even depend on the audience’s own participation.

Professor Téllez will also address the elements that define an interdisciplinary event, the different stages involved in its co-creation, and how this type of artwork may be precisely what we need to confront the trying circumstances our society is experiencing today.


Free and open to the public

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Presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library


You can watch the premiere of Dreaming/Undreaming on Thursday, June 17. Click here to get tickets.


Wednesday, June 2

Carmen-Helena Téllez

Carmen-Helena Téllez is a Venezuelan-American composer, conductor, interdisciplinary artist and producer. Working with her ensembles, universities and festivals, she remains a proponent of inter-artistic genres and new music in the US and abroad.

Natasha Stojanovska

Natasha Stojanovska is a Macedonian pianist and composer who has toured through the Americas and Europe. She is a winner of the American Prize among others, and she is currently working on her first CD with works by Eastern European women composers.

Chia Patiño

Chia Patiño is the faculty Stage Director of the Butler Opera Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she was the Artistic Director of Ecuador’s Sucre National Theater. She is a regular guest with companies in the US and abroad.

Camilla Tassi

Camilla Tassi is a projection/video designer, producer and musician devoted to performance recontextualization and accessibility. She has created for Apollo’s Fire, PROTOTYPE Festival, Yale Opera, MASS MoCA, and Berlin Opera Academy.

Ryan Belock

Ryan Belock is a projection designer and interdisciplinary artist based in NYC who synthesizes video design, music, and movement. Recent collaborations include Dear Evan Hansen (assistant editor) and Blue Man Group (Video operator).

Alexa Capareda

Alexa Capareda is a dancer-choreographer, ballet master at Ballet Austin and co-producer with groups in the city. She won the 2017 Austin Critics Table Award for Excellence and the 3rd prize at the 2013 Festival of Choreographic Miniatures in Serbia.