VOICE OF THE DRAGON 1, 2 & 3
a.k.a. VOD1: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINESE AMERICA,
VOD2: SHAOLIN SECRET STORIES and VOD3: DRAGON vs. EAGLE

written by Ruth Margraff & Fred Ho, composed by Fred Ho for 7-12 martial artists, martial arts choreographers
Jose Figueroa and Tsuyoshi Kaseda,and Fred Ho’s live Afro-Asian Ensemble, etc.

2007, 2004 Apollo Theater/Mary Flagler Cary Trust/Caribbean Cultural Council/ICM Artists/World Music Institute/ICM Artists; Dean College (NJ), Brooklyn Academy of Music (2008 TBA); 2003 Columbia Arts Management, Inc./Big Red Media, Inc. North American tour to following Performing Arts Centers in 33+ cities: Hancher Auditorium Iowa City, IA; New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newport Performing Arts Center, Newport, OR; Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR; Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center for the Arts, Eugene, OR; Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, Davis, CA; Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA; Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA; Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Univ. of Calif., Riverside, CA; McCallum Th for the Perf Arts, Palm Desert, CA; Smothers Theater, Seaver College of Pepperdine Univ, Malibu, CA; Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ; Beckman Auditorium, Calif. Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA; Carver Community Cultural Center, Lila Cockrell Theater, San Antonio, TX; Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI; Pabst Center, Milwaukee, WI; Power Center, Ann Arbor, MI; Southern Theater, Columbus, OH; Vern Riffe Center, Portsmouth, OH; Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL; Ford Theater, Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN; Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center, Univ. of Penn., Phil., PA; Palace Theatre, Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford, CT; Tilles Center for the Arts, Brookville, NY; John Harms Center for the Arts, Englewood, NJ; Colonial Theater, Keene, NH; Cubb Theater, Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH; Garde Arts Center, New London, CT; Jorgensen Auditorium, Univ. of CT, Storrs, CT; Community Theater, Morristown, NJ; Center for the Arts Concert Hall, George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA; Carpenter Ctr for Perf Arts, Richmond, VA; Shubert Theater, New Haven, CT; etc.; 2003 Bronx Museum excerpts (New York); 2001 Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2001 Next Wave Festival/Harvey Theater, Nov. 7-11, dir. Mira Kingsley, chor. Jose Figueroa (Brooklyn); 2001 Seattle Repertory Bagley Wright Theater May 12-19 (Seattle); 2001 Northeastern University Center for the Arts August 18 (Boston); 2000 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Peter B. Lewis Theater (NY); 1999 The Guggenheim Museum, Peter B. Lewis Theater, Works & Process Series prod. Mary Sharp Cronson and PBS' "Eye on Dance" Celia Ipiotis (NY); 1999 John Harms Center for the Arts, JVC Jazz Festival (New Jersey) http://www.voiceofthedragon.com/VOD2.html, http://www.bigredmediainc.com/VOD.htm and , http://www.bigredmediainc.com/VOD2.htm

 

DEADLY SHE-WOLF ASSASSIN AT ARMAGEDDON!
Upcoming: World Premiere: June 3, 2006:
International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA, for info, call: 215-760-1634
http://www.bigredmediainc.com/She-Wolf_Assissin.html

Music & concept by Fred Ho, written by Ruth Margraff & Fred Ho work-in-process presentation at Japan Society, April 29 – 30, 2005 at 8:00 pm An homage to the 1970s samurai manga & movie series Lone Wolf and Cub (Kozure Ookami) With unique multi-martial arts choreography and a glorious score fusing traditional Japanese music and soul-jazz, composer-creator Fred Ho joins forces with playwright Ruth Margraff to create his latest theatrical event blending live music, sword fights, state-of-the-art visual design and marital arts performance. Director Sonoko Kawahara and martial arts choreographer Tsuyoshi Kaseda collaborate on this story of deception, revenge, double crossing and death, following a violent and beautiful assassin, like a deadly she-wolf, the last of her kind. Commissioned by 2005 NYSCA Individual Artist award to Ruth Margraff through the Japan Society. Presented as part of Yoko Shioya’s Japan Society’s city-wide exhibit “Cool Japan: Otaku Strikes!” to sold out performances April, 29-30, 2005, composed by Fred Ho (for alto saxophone, keys, fue, shakuhachi, percussion, bass and 20 string koto), directed by Sonoko Kawahara with martial arts choreography by Tsuyoshi Kaseda featuring as narrator Akemi Seito, and martial artists: Akiko Aizawa, Yoshi Amao, Mei-Chiao Chiu, Satoshi Okabe, Takumi Bando, Emmanuel Brown and Ai Ikeda.

 

NIGHT VISION: A THIRD TO FIRST WORLD VAMPYRE OPERA
Libretto/Lyrics by Ruth Margraff,
Concept/Music by Fred Ho

She’s 2000 years old and she’s blowing away the pop music industry with her voice. But nobody knows she sings with two hearts in her throat…first-world heart – to get the club kids lusting for her autographs -- Third-world heart – for vengeance. Inspired by crusader art, Iraqi desert songs, Times Square erotica, and Hong Kong action cinema, NIGHT VISION is a bloodcurdling transfusion of Fred Ho’s operatic jazz and Ruth Margraff’s neo-biblical libretti.
Published 2000 by Autonomedia, Inc http://www.bigredmediainc.com/nightvision.htm
2002 Symphony Space with World Music Institute/Afro-Asian Ensemble concert (NY); 2001 Brooklyn Academy of Music Café: concert (NY); 2000 New York premiere with HERE Theater/Big Red Media; 1999 Cooper Union Great Hall concert with Dr. Sa'di Al-Hadithi; Commissioned by the 1999 Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Projects and the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Developed by NYTW and Audrey Skirball-Kenis (Los Angeles), Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio Study and Conference Center (Italy) and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and with Cameron Mackintosh Foundation Funds.