Opera Philadelphia, Music: Not Impossible, Art-Reach to Present ‘Resonant Philly’

By Nicolas Quiroga

Opera Philadelphia, in association with Music: Not Impossible and Art-Reach, will present “Resonant Philly” on May 21, 2022 at FringeArts in Philadelphia.

This presentation is designed to create a welcoming and comfortable artistic experience for people with autism and other disabilities, incorporating audio description by Nicole Sardella and American Sign Language by Hands Up Productions.

The event features operatic performances, interpreted through sound and Vibrotextila wearable technology, developed and invented by Daniel Belquer and Not Impossible Labs, inspired by the deaf community and using vests, wristbands and anklets to translate sound waves into vibrations that are felt through the skin.

“We have grown as an organization and as individuals, that is why Opera Philadelphia looks to the future in participation and construction with the community and we are working to become an inclusive organization where people feel welcome and have a sense of belonging that allows them to participate. fully on site,” said Veronica Chapman-Smith, vice president of community initiatives for Opera Philadelphia, in an official press statement.

“Art-Reach is pleased to partner with Opera Philadelphia and Music: Not Impossible for this groundbreaking introduction to wearable technology,” added Charlie Miller, Art-Reach Deputy Director.