You Are Under Our Space Control

January 23-February 2, 2020 La MaMa, NYC (theatrical world premiere)

also performed at Cafe OTO, London UK, September 2019

You Are Under Our Space Control is a utopian space-opera, a homing signal cast into an empty universe, a beacon for an aesthetically radical future.

Drawing on space travel, transhumanism, astronautics and the resurrection of the dead, Space Control rehearses a progressive politics through a total re-envisioning of everyday life. Limber speech-song vocal parts are eerily and spasmodically FX’d, and navigate surprisingly glistening instrumentals – a headlong tangle and squelch of flexing 808s and metal objects, roboticised guitar, and unreal synthesis.

YAUOSC’s bubbling force belies its diverse, unruly underpinnings. The opera’s musical backbone is a drum-machine transcription of John Cage’s 1951 piano solo ‘Music Of Changes’, a landmark of indeterminacy; its title grabbed from Cy Roth’s sci-fi romp ‘Fire Maidens From Outer Space’ (1951); its texts inspired by Sun Ra and the Russian Cosmists’ poetics and philosophies and interviews from real (and imagined) space travellers and astronomers.

You Are Under Our Space Control is available on UK-based Slip Imprint on LP and download. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Artwork by Frank Eickhoff.

US – Forced Exposure or Bleep
EU/UK – Bandcamp or Boomkat
+ all the usual streaming sites

written+directed by Kara Feely

composed by Travis Just

production design by Peiyi Wong

lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew

sound by Robin Margolis

streaming platform and programming by Scott Cazan

video by Eric Magnus

production manager Liz Nielsen

assistant director Britt Berke

Steven Ali, Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, Shana Dunkelman, Avi Glickstein, Yuki Kawahisa, Taylor Levine, Ava Mendoza, Alessandro Magania,Daniel Allen Nelson, Nicolás Noreña, Fulya Peker

You Are Under Our Space Control is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. You Are Under Our Space Control is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.