Spark sought out some performances that might surprise you — ones that are particularly innovative, unique or provocative. Gang Situ integrates Eastern and Western art styles in his opera, “The Grand Seducers,” which is based on Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and 13th-century Chinese literature. Three political actors challenge capitalism and break down barriers between audience and performers with headRush. Matt Davignon introduces us to the world of Bay Area experimental music through Soundwave/Live Play, in an event where musicians improvise to never-before-seen film clips. Also, the all-male a cappella group, Conspiracy of Beards, performs only the songs of Leonard Cohen.
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