An experimental opera by Breathing Bass
Once she Dries is a love story
between coral reef
a rain cloud
and the Pantheon.
Coral loves Cloud
Pantheon loves Coral
and Cloud is
This opera is based on three true stories of science:
1. Coral reefs are heading towards extinction by the end of this century. In their absence, a quarter of marine life will lose their home, half a billion people’s livelihood will be compromised, and our land will be threatened by dangerous storms that reefs currently dissipate.
2. When overheated and at risk of bleaching, coral reefs emit a pheromone-like bio-chemical that triggers water vapors to form cooling cloud formation directly overhead. Coral has the ability to attract a cloud.
3. To help resuscitate reef life, scientists have begun dropping tiny concrete pellets that simulate the texture of coral and support healthy habitats for ecologies to regrow and thrive.
(3 ½. The Pantheon happens to be the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world.)
Once She Dries follows its non-human protagonists as they reshape their sense of love and lasting in the anthropocene age.
What you experience on this website will be less a simulation of the entire opera and more of a behind-the-scenes tour.
You’ll see various vignettes presented in a non-linear, interactive fashion.
Don’t worry, this experience won’t spoil how the show ends. You’ll find that out when we present the work live (ideally beachside).
For now, we’re offering you glimpses and clues at what takes place between Coral, Cloud and the Pantheon. We hope you enjoy peering inside.
Hint: After starting your journey, you can click on various texts and images to move the story forward. Sometimes the story goes on by itself...
Please turn on the volume, it is best to use good speakers or headphones.
I long for Coral to cry my name,
Retracting claims against
My rough and crumbled constitution.
Won’t she sees our resemblance
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Thank you to the Ensemble in Residence program at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts.
and the possibilities of using concrete to save these habitats…Quick coral stats: