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Half Life

Cloud Eye Control

“A multidimensional, seductively cinematic experience.”
LAist for Cloud Eye Control’s Under Polaris
A lamentation of fierce urgency, the latest multimedia production from Cloud Eye Control is an imagistic, visceral work inspired by the nervous fear felt in the wake the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Half Life explores the psychological fallout of global disaster, and how it affects our emotions and imaginations. The Los Angeles-based collaborators— Miwa Matreyek, Anna Oxygen, and Chi-wang Yang —bring their signature mix of projected animation, live performance and music to summon the unseeable forces that govern our collective sense of personal safety and control.

Half Life is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as the LEF Foundation and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Half Life was made possible in part by a creative residency with the CalArts Center for New Performance.

Premiered at

REDCAT (Los Angeles) / January 2015

About Half Life

Creative Team

Created by Cloud Eye Control
Miwa Matreyek, Anna Oxygen, Chi-wang Yang
Produced with Miranda Wright

Scene Design – Efren Delgadillo & Shannon Scrofano
Lighting Design – Christopher Kuhl & Katelan Braymer
Video & Sound Design – Jackson Campbell
Costume Design – Kate Fry
Technical Direction – Efren Delgadillo
Additional Video Content – Daniel Jackson
Production Stage Manager- Cameron Squire

A-ko: Jenny Greer
B-ko: Sara Sinclair Gomez

Music: Robert Laird Barber & David Scott Stone

Presentation History

FirstWorks, Columbus Theater (Providence, RI) – November 2015
New Genre Festival, Living Arts Tulsa (Tulsa, OK) – September 2015
REDCAT (Los Angeles) – January 2015 / PREMIERE


Coming Soon.

Press & Links

“Opera is not standing still. It’s growing, uncontrollably, by leaps and messy bounds.” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

“There are invisible and often unforeseeable forces alive in our world that influence our feeling of safety and control…The world premiere of this multilayered and deeply emotional work features Miwa Matreyek, Anna Oxygen and Chi-wang Yang in live performance amid an evocatively cinematic setting of projected animation, photography and music.”- LA Weekly

“Unlike more conventional video art, the swirling animation provides an energy and vitality that is captivating…the imaginative freshness of this company’s multimedia approach make this production, directed Chi-wang Yang, a worthwhile and memorable experience.” – Huffington Post

“Cloud Eye Control, a Los Angeles-based multimedia performance collective comprised of Miwa Matreyek, Anna Oxygen and Chi-wang Yang, has fashioned something exceptionally powerful out of materials so delicately gossamer.”- Stage Raw

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