CYNTHIA HOPKINS – The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success)

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts announces a groundbreaking music-theater performance by writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and theater artist, Cynthia Hopkins. Featuring the artist’s signature hybrid of song, text, and immersive handcrafted videoscapes, The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success) is the artist’s “music-soaked, beguiling, and humorous telling” of an epic folk tale – imagined as a live sci-fi film – which depicts the saga of a secret mission to save the world and the pros and cons of evolution. During the course of her lonely journey through space to save the world, the title character, “Ruom Yes Noremac”, realizes that only by failing to save the earth can she succeed in saving the universe.

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CYNTHIA HOPKINSThe Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success)
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Blending fact and fantasy, Hopkins wraps herself inside this futuristic, inter-galactic adventure to reveal the real story about the mother she lost, her own battle with addiction, and her heroic survival.  Teaming up with her long-time friends, designers Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg, and director D.J. Mendel, Hopkins delivers a deeply personal and moving performance.
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“Cynthia Hopkins is one of the most compelling and imaginative experimental theater artists working today and YBCA is proud to present the Bay Area premiere of The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success),” says YBCA Performing Arts Curator Angela Mattox. “This work is a cornerstone project exploring YBCA’s Big Idea REFLECT: Considering the Personal – Hopkins integrates raw personal narrative and fictional scenarios through rigorous formal structure.”

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About Cynthia Hopkins
Cynthia Hopkinsis the recipient of the 2007 “Alpert Award in Theater”, honoring her work as a writer, composer, musician and theater artist.  She is the artistic director of the ensemble company “ACCINOSCO”, which she co-founded with designers Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg.  Together, they have created The Accidental Trilogy, of which The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success) is the final installment. The two previous installments, Accidental Nostalgia (2004) and Must Don’t Whip ‘Um (2007) were both Bessie Award winners for creation and design respectively. All three works feature the band Gloria Deluxe, which Ms.Hopkins formed in 1999 and which has since produced seven full-length albums. Accinosco’s newest piece, The Truth: A Tragedy, was commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyon, France, where it premiered in March 2010, and Soho Rep in New York City, where it opened to rave reviews this past May.  Ms. Hopkins’ work has also been presented at MASS MoCA, On the Boards, the Walker Art Center, Philadelphia Lively Arts Festival, the Wexner Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, and St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York.

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About Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), located in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena cultural district, is one of the nation’s leading multidisciplinary contemporary arts centers. With a belief that contemporary art is at the heart of community life, YBCA brings audiences and artists of all backgrounds together to express and experience creativity. The organization is known for nurturing emerging artists at the forefront of their fields and presenting works that blend art forms and explore the events and ideas of our time. As part of its commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area, YBCA supports the local arts community and reflects the region’s diversity of people and thought through its arts and public programming.
 
Each year, YBCA selects four Big Ideas around which to organize its wide-ranging programs. This year’s Big Ideas include: 
Encounter:  Engaging the social context
Soar:  The search for meaning
Reflect:  Considering the personal; and
Dare: Innovations in art, action, audience.
These ideas, which encompass art from all disciplines, are designed to focus an investigation of contemporary art and its relationship to the larger world.  Using the Big Ideas as portals, YBCA has established a framework of thought that invites exploration and risk-taking, quiet reflection and active engagement.
 
Performing arts, visual arts and film/video programs are curated thematically around Big Ideas which illustrate the connections and associations between the works.  Public programs and Big Idea Nights, YBCA’s popular free open house series, are dedicated to establishing a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. YBCA presents programming year-round in the Forum, Screening Room, Galleries and Novellus Theater.
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CYNTHIA HOPKINS
The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success)
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