Softly over sounding waves

Softly over sounding waves
Music: Elliot Cole
Lyrics: Misha Penton
— from “Selkie, a sea tale”, composer Elliot Cole’s lush musical setting of fairytale poetry by soprano Misha Penton.

Selkies are ephemeral half-human, half-seal beings. They are transformative creatures that inhabit liminal spaces; exist at the edge of dusk and dawn; in the between-time of solstice and equinox; and where root meets earth and sea washes sand. When the moon swells to its fullest, Selkies shed their seal skins, reveal their human form, and dance on our northernmost beaches— their skins ready for the taking. Selkie, a sea tale’s poetry is a dreamscape of human fragility, longing and loss, written from a sailor’s wife to a her selkie love, and culminates in her willingness to release him back to the sea…

Misha Penton, soprano
Meredith Harris, viola
Kyle Evans, piano
Meg Brooker, dancer and choreography

Director: Misha Penton
Director of Photography: Raul Casares
Second Camera: Dave Nickerson
Editor: Cliff Davis
Audio recording: Todd Hulslander
Audio recorded at The Geary Performance Studio Houston Public Radio
Costumes: Kambriel, Sarah Mosher, Misha Penton
Hair: Serret Jensen

A Divergence Vocal Theater Production