FILM / STAGESETS

The Alma Enigma

A 13 minute film about the life of Alma Mahler, widow of Gustav Mahler. A talented composer in her youth, she was one of the cultural figures saved from the Nazis by the American journalist Varian Fry in 1940.

Link to film with English subtitles. Link to film with French subtitles. To see stills from the film, please click here.

 

In the Beginning was Desire

The 40-minute experimental documentary in collaboration with documentary filmmaker David Grubin is structured on a series of interviews with Biblical scholar Avivah Zornberg, with visuals conceived and created by Naomie Kremer.

To see stills from the video, please click here. To view the entire film on Vimeo please click here.


Three For Two

Video backdrop commissioned for premiere of new music for invented instruments by Dresher/Davel Duo, ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA. Video backdrop commissioned for premiere of new music for invented instruments by Dresher/Davel Duo, ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA. See the 19-minute performance. Click here to see stills from the video.

 

TRISTAN AND ISOLDE

Video backdrop for concert performance of Tristan and Isolde, by Richard Wagner. Commissioned by the Claude Heater Foundation, performed in August, 2018, at the Herbst Theater, San Francisco. Conducted by Jonathan Khuner, with Juyeon Song as Isolde, Roy Cornelius Smith as Tristan, Tamara Gallo as Brangane.

 

LUCIA BERLIN: STORIES

Video set design for Lucia Berlin: Stories. Five stories from her posthumous A Manual for Cleaning Women, performed by Word for Word at Z Below, San Francisco, Theatre de la Tour Eiffel, Paris, and theaters in Nancy and Angers, France. Directed by Nancy Shelby and JoAnne Winter with an original jazz score by Marcus Shelby. Word for Word artistic directors: Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter. Cast: Cassidy Brown, Jeri Lynn Cohen, Ryan Williams French, Norman Gee, Gendell Hernández, Delia MacDougall, Indiia Wilmott, Phil Wong. To see closeups of the actors in San Francisco performance please click here.

 

ALCINA

Video set design for Alcina, by GF Handel, performed in Acre, Israel, September 2016, by French baroque orchestra Les Talens Lyriques. The opera takes place on the magic island inhabited by Alcina, a sorceress who seduces men and when she tires of them transforms them into rocks, trees and animals. Deceptions and disguises abound. At the end, when Alcina’s magic urn is broken, illusions are dispelled and the island’s transformed monsters return to human form. Click here to scroll through photographs of the performance. Click here to read a preview article in Ha'aratz. (Scroll down to read paragraph about the set in English.)

 

SECRET GARDEN

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this world premiere family opera was co-commissioned by the San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances, with music by Nolan Gasser and libretto by Carey Harrison. It was performed in March, 2013 at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California. As Visual Designer, Kremer created an all video-based set with minimal props necessary for the action. Click here to read her blog, posted by the San Francisco Opera, about the creation of the design. Click here to read a review. Click here to see a video about her process, posted on YouTube by Cal Performances. (PPhoto By Betsy Kirschner/SF Opera)

 

LIGHT MOVES

Collaborating with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in this abstract work with original music composed by Paul Dresher, and poetry by Michael Palmer (Artistic Advisor), Kremer created a video set design that included shifting scrims and banners. The work premiered at the Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in November, 2011, and was subsequently performed in February 2012 at Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, and The Dance Center at Columbia College, Chicago. Click here to read a review by the SF Examiner. Click here to read a review by the SF Chronicle. Click here to read a second review by the SF Chronicle. Click here to read a review by the Chicago Tribune.

 

BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

Video backdrop for Béla Bartók's opera, commissioned by the Berkeley Opera, performed at Julia Morgan Center in Berkeley, CA in May, 2008. Click here and here to see excerpts from the video.