Program Type: 
Performance
Cynthia Hopkins

The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success)

November 18, 2010 - November 20, 2010
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

Overview

"Part Bob Dylan, part Louise Brooks… she might remind you of another Cindy as she tries on personas as disparate as an old Korean sage and an astronaut." - Annie-B Parsons, Bomb Magazine

"Cynthia Hopkins is the definition of postmodern artistry. Her work… transcends single genres and mediums and defies definition." - Joseph Alexiou, New York Press

Writer-composer-performer Cynthia Hopkins is dedicated to creating groundbreaking, original, multimedia music-theater works that meld unbelievable fact with outrageous fiction, stimulating the senses while enlivening the mind. The third and final installment of her acclaimed Accidental Trilogy, The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success) is an epic folk tale and musical journey set in the far distant future, depicting the saga of a secret mission to save the universe. Blending fact and fantasy, Hopkins wraps herself inside this outrageous sci-fi fairy tale to reveal the real story about the mother she lost, her battle with addiction and her own heroic survival. Once again teaming up with designers Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg, and director D.J. Mendel, Hopkins delivers a deeply personal and moving conclusion to her Accidental Trilogy, a spellbinding, intergalactic adventure told through her signature hybrid of storytelling forms, including mind-boggling and often humorous text, heart-wrenching songs, innovative orchestral elements and immersive videoscapes.

Photos: Paula Court

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Events

  • Cynthia Hopkins: The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success)
    November 18, 2010 – November 20, 2010
    8:00 pm
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
  • Artist Talk: Cynthia Hopkins & Erika Chong Shuch
    Nov 20, 2010 2:00pm
    Screening Room
    Free

    Join us in a conversation between two artists who delve deeply into the stories of their own lives to create powerful work. YBCA brings together Cynthia Hopkins, the New York writer-composer-performer with San Francisco's own Erika Shuch. Cynthia will discuss her work The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success), the third of a autobiographically-based trilogy that is part outrageous sci-fi fairy tale and part personal story about the mother she lost, her battle with addiction and her own heroic survival. Both artists will speak to the process of mining and crafting personal source material into a performance piece and invite audiences to a Q&A.

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Artist Bio

Cynthia Hopkins is the recipient of the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater, honoring her work as a writer, composer, musician and theater artist. She is the artistic director of the ensemble company Accinosco, which she co-founded with designers Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg. Together, they have created The Accidental Trilogy, of which The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success) is the final installment. The two previous installments, Accidental Nostalgia (2004) and Must Don't Whip 'Um (2007) were both Bessie Award winners for creation and design respectively, All three works feature the band Gloria Deluxe, which Hopkins formed in 1999 and which has since produced seven full-length albums. Accinosco’s newest piece, The Truth: A Tragedy, was commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyon, France, where it premiered in March, 2010, and Soho Rep in New York City, where it opened to rave reviews this past May. Ms. Hopkins’ work has also been presented at MASS MoCA, On the Boards, the Walker Art Center, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, the Wexner Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, REDCAT, and St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York.