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Fronteras: ‘The Clearing And The Forest’ Explores Migration Through Music, Movement, Scenery

A new stage production takes a look at humans’ natural instinct to move, specifically, the way people migrate across borders as immigrants and refugees.

Composer Scott Ordway blended chamber music with scenic design and created The Clearing and the Forest.

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Ertan Torgul, Scott Ordway and Erica Eliot are co-creators of 'The Clearing and the Forest.'

Ordway is known for producing mixed-media projects with interdisciplinary inspirations. His latest project was co-created with Erica Eliot, Scenic Designer and Installation Artist, and Ertan Torgul, Artistic and Managing Director and violinist with the SOLI Chamber Ensemble.

The show is meant to engage your eyes, ears and emotions as a story of migration unfolds in a fully immersive experience. The members of SOLI Chamber Ensemble provide the soundtrack for the journey and also serve as the actors in the three-act production.

The show was commissioned by the San Antonio-based SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and has its world premiere on June 2, at the McNay Art Museum.

WHAT: The Clearing and the Forest, world premiere. Composed and directed by Scott Ordway. Scenic design by Erica Eliot. Commissioned and performed by the SOLI Chamber Ensemble WHERE: McNay Art Museum, Leeper Auditorium WHEN: Sun. June 2, 3 p.m. HOW MUCH: $25 suggested donation, $10 student INFO: https://ordway.brownpapertickets.com/

Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter @NormDog1 and Lauren Terrazas can be reached at lauren@tpr.org and on Twitter @terrazas_lauren

Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter at @NormDog1
Lauren Terrazas can be reached at lauren@tpr.org and on Twitter at @terrazas_lauren