Opera Philadelphia to Stream ‘Taktakshoo’

By David Salazar

Opera Philadelphia’s virtual channel is set to present the premiere of Rene Orth and Kanika Ambrose’s “Taktakshoo” starting on Nov. 19, 2021. 

The showcase, which will star Kristen Choi and a quartet of dancers, fuses opera and K-pop, marimba and electronics, with an aim to explore electronics in opera. 

“Opera is long overdue for live vocal electronic manipulation,” Orth said in an official press statement. “[‘Taktakshoo”] is an exploration of my favorite things – opera, electronica, dance, emotional journeys, technology, a set of diverse and amazing collaborators, and a push of boundaries.”

The opera is directed by Jeffrey Page and was filmed at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Philadelphia back in October. Video production and post-production was handled by Kevin Eikenberg and Evan Chapman of Four/Ten Media.