Excerpt from the Hopscotch album, Track 10. Composer, Veronika Krausas
“Mystified by the phone call, Lucha tracks down the fortune teller. ‘How did you know about the phone call?’ she demands. Instead of answering, the fortune teller offers her another reading. Lucha pulls the Lovers’ card, and as soon as she does so, the card springs to life around her.
Upright: Love, union, relationships, values alignment, choices
Reversed: Disharmony, imbalance, misalignment of values
“Two lovers jump out at her in Chinatown Plaza and offer more riddles. Desperate for straight answers, the fortune teller gives her a music box. Alone in the car, Lucha plays this music box, and we sense that her life might be in an even greater crisis than she previously imagined. ‘What’s the next step in my life’ she seems to ask, and, ‘Where is life going?’
“You would arrive at New Chinatown Plaza to see the Lovers and flute players. And then you’d return into the car to hear Justine as Lucha sing her mournful solo, ‘Is All Time Simultaneous?’
“Like Chapter 12, this chapter had two different forms: in one direction, you start in the car with the Fortune Teller giving your audience group a reading, with a violinist in the front seat accompanying her.
“If you were coming from the other direction, you would start with Lucha in the car; arrive in Chinatown; and finish the scene with the fortune telling. It was one of the most confusing chapters to try and explain to the driver and artists, but eventually it worked.
Julia Aks on the challenges and surprises of performing in public
“Julia and Madeline had to memorize twelve different short pieces to be prepared for whatever card the audience might pull. These fortunes constitute their own quite charming “song cycle” with some of Veronika’s most inventive music for Hopscotch.
“George Yu, the director of the Chinatown Business Improvement District, was an amazing supporter of this project and made it possible for us to use the plaza. He also convinced one of the restaurants to feed the Green Route cast on the day of our dress rehearsal, which was such a great reward for the heroic artists who were still trying to understand exactly what they signed themselves up for.”
Tom Jacobson shares what piece of Hopscotch impacted him the most
“Is all time simultaneous?
A billion universes precariously balanced, ready to fall forward or back?
The uncertainty principle is love.
When you know where you are
you don’t know how fast you’re going.
If you don’t know your speed
you can’t see where you are.
What is my reality?
What is my hell?”