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‘Sweet Land’s’ striking visuals hand opera a refreshing twist

Sharon Chohi Kim, company member of the Industry, as the character Wiindigo in the opera "Sweet Land," set to close in mid-March.
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Kelci Hahn as character Makwa in the opera "Sweet Land."
Kelci Hahn as character Makwa in the opera “Sweet Land.”
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With downtown Los Angeles in the distance, temporary tunnel structures designed by Tanya Orellana lead audiences along their diverging paths at Los Angeles State Historic Park in the opera "Sweet Land," from the Industry.
With downtown Los Angeles in the distance, temporary tunnel structures designed by Tanya Orellana lead audiences along their diverging paths at Los Angeles State Historic Park in the opera “Sweet Land,” from the Industry.
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Kelci Hahn, as Makwa, stands over Scott Belluz (Jimmy Gin) in the Feast scene of the opera "Sweet Land" by Los Angeles-based, experimental opera company the Industry.
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Sharon Chohi Kim, company member of the Industry, is Wiindigo in the opera "Sweet Land."
Sharon Chohi Kim, company member of the Industry, is Wiindigo in the opera “Sweet Land.”
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A performer appears from behind the kinetic walls around the audience in a train scene, with lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew and scenic design by Carlo Maghirang in the opera, "Sweet Land."
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Projections designed by Hana S. Kim, from the first scene in the black box theater in the opera "Sweet Land."
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Lindsay Patterson Abdou as Bow in the opera "Sweet Land."
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The final scene of the opera "Sweet Land," with scenic design by Carlo Maghirang and projection design by Hana S. Kim.
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Kelci Hahn as Makwa in the Feast scene of the opera "Sweet Land."
(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
Scott Belluz as Jimmy Gin in the opera "Sweet Land."
Scott Belluz as Jimmy Gin in the opera “Sweet Land.”
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Temporary tunnel structures, designed by Tanya Orellana, lead audiences along their diverging paths in the opera "Sweet Land" by the Industry.
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Maria Elena Altany in the opera "Sweet Land."
Maria Elena Altany in the opera “Sweet Land.”
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Cannupa Hanska Luger, who designed and co-directed the opera "Sweet Land," recording at the Knobworld Recording Studio in L.A. on March 3.
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The Industry's Yuval Sharon, who co-directed the opera "Sweet Land," recording at the Knobworld Recording Studio on March 3.
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"Sweet Land" composer Du Yun records at the Knobworld Recording Studio.
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"Sweet Land" composer Raven Chacon at the Knobworld Recording Studio.
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