March 2014 - present
Vidas Perfectas is an all-new Spanish-language version of Robert Ashley's ground-breaking “television opera” Perfect Lives (1983). With Ashley's blessing, Alex Waterman directs this all-new production, from a Spanish translation by Javier Sainz de Robles.
Vidas Perfectas began its production phase at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. This marks the beginning of the filming and recording of the complete opera (all 7 episodes) in full theatrical staging. All episodes will be filmed in front of a live audience. Footage shot in Marfa, Texas in February 2014 will be mixed in with live camera feeds as part of the live television composition by Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan (E.S.P. TV).
In July 2014, the production travelled ‘on location’ for theatrical stagings at Marfa Ballroom in Marfa, Texas Tricky Falls in El Paso, TX, and The Museum of the Revolution in Juarez, Mexico.
All 7 episodes will be compiled and edited for television in Fall 2014.
At the completion of all seven episodes, Vidas Perfectas will tour internationally, accompanied by a full recording to be released on CD and DVD.