Smart Bets: Heart of Fire

In Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, The Firebird, Prince Ivan enters a magical realm where all of the objects and creatures are represented by instruments — usually strings. Local electronic composer Sai, aka 9th Phoenix, is coordinating Heart of Fire, a production inspired by that Stavinsky work and produced electronically. “It features a wide range of electronica music in various genres, a male Firebird, a cast of goblins [and] a pinup model playing the Princess,” says Sai. She’s created original music for the characters of Prince Ivan and Princess Marie. Singer-songwriter SJ Tucker provides vocals and a host of other local artists, including Draven Arcane, Trixie Larouz, Samuel Costilow and Richard Risbridger, are involved. The theatrical performance takes place at New Earth (38 N. French Broad Ave.) on Saturday, May 17, at 9:30 p.m. $8 advance/$12 at the door. Photo by Eric France with makeup by Sophia Jekic

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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