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NOVEMBER 21 & 22
Like his fellow used-to-be-minimalists, Philip Glass began by stripping almost everything from his music. He soon developed a taste for content, however, and began writing music for movies, plays, and other, harder-to-define theatrical works. Lately, he’s turned his attention to the work of French filmmaker, writer, and artist Jean Cocteau, writing an opera based on his film Orphee, and a piece both inspired by and incorporating Cocteau’s film of La Belle et la Bete. The last installment in this trilogy, Les Enfants Terribles, is based on Cocteau’s 1922 novel about an obsessive brother and sister who live in their own fantasy world. In collaboration with director/choreographer Susan Marshall, Glass has constructed a “dance opera spectacle” for four singers, seven dancers, and three keyboardists (including the composer). According to Glass, the result pays tribute to Cocteau’s own interest in collaboration. At 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $22-35. (703) 993-8888. (Mark Jenkins)