The Palace of the Mythical Beings,  a cabinet of curiosities, an installation to accompany the opera Asterion by composer, R.Murray Schafer.


The Palace supports a transition in perspective for the neophyte (audience participant).  In other sections of the opera movement was strictly directed.  Each participant carried a flashlight when entering the Palace and could focus the light on any area within the Palace.  It was a much less curated view and if participants wanted to linger in particular areas they were able to and that allowed them a more personal interaction with the space.  They were free to move to wherever they were compelled—or repelled and could discover the many creatures and beings in the Palace.