“Even with input from four choreographers, there's a coherent look and shape to the show. And a moody, often viscerally percussive original score by Jesse Case provides a strong common thread.” - The Baltimore Sun
“The original music and other sounds put together by Jesse Case reflect influences including African tribal drumming, Australian aboriginal instruments and Javanese gamelan music. The show's four sections are choreographed by four people, but Case's mesmerizing sound design pulls everything together and emotionally takes you along.“ -The Baltimore Examiner
Adapted by the groundbreaking Baltimore Ensemble from George MacDonald‘s 1882 fairy tale “The Day Boy and the Night Girl,” ILLUMINOCTEM is the story of a boy who has only seen daylight and a girl who has only seen the night - and the witch who has set the two apart.
The music featured here was split into separate tracks for compilation purposes, and so the splits are sometimes arbitrary. The music was originally composed to play as one continuous track though the show, stemmed out into layered cues that were triggered by important moments and events (for example, “The Wolves” is actually composed of seven separate sound cues, triggered by various moments in the first scene’s choreography, similar to the way a video-game score is be triggered by the player). This meant that the music was able to emulate the specificity of a complex film score, but in a live setting.