Anima Mundi Productions

Healing the soul of the world through the arts

Phoenix, OR   |  www.animamundiproductions.com

Mission

To create, promote, and produce new musical works that harness the power of the arts to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social and environmental problems by creating concerts and public arts events that support the personal and collective healing of at-risk segments of society such as those who have experienced trauma, abuse, discrimination, and other forms of injustice.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Ethan Gans-Morse

Co-Artistic Director

Tiziana DellaRovere

Main address

P.O. Box 1323

Phoenix, OR 97535 USA

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EIN

27-1944408

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Music (A68)

Opera (A6A)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Anima Mundi means “The Soul of the World" and refers to our conviction that the soul of humanity and the fate of the planet are intertwined; we seek to heal the soul of the world through the arts by providing experiences that bring people into their hearts and imagination, demonstrate the power of beauty, and heal societal wounds. For this purpose, Anima Mundi Productions organizes and produces artistic and community welfare opportunities, including but not limited to visual art installations, musical concerts, and dance and theater performances. In particular, we create original works that bring attention to disadvantaged constituencies such as veterans with PTSD, youth who have suffered bullying, women who have experienced trafficking, Native American communities that have been marginalized, always with a focus on including these constituencies in the performance and creating growth opportunities for the live audience.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Canticle of the Black Madonna: A New Opera about a Soldier's Journey from War to Love

Called “One of the most exciting developments of the arts season” by Oregon ArtsWatch and "generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate" by The Oregonian, The Canticle of the Black Madonna is a new opera commissioned and produced by Anima Mundi Productions and created by librettist Tiziana DellaRovere and composer Ethan Gans-Morse which premiered in Portland, Oregon on September 5, 2014. Set in coastal Louisiana amidst the devastation of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, it tells the story of a fictional soldier returning from Afghanistan to his wife. Together, they face the challenges of his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and her struggles to maintain the family business. Through a rich combination of modern and ancient music, The Canticle ultimately reveals the healing power of love, represented by the Black Madonna, which transforms them both forever and touches all who witness it.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Tango of the White Gardenia is a new chamber opera developed by Anima Mundi Productions and commissioned and produced by Cascadia Chamber Opera in Eugene, Oregon.

Angela Allen, Oregon ArtsWatch opera critic wrote of the premiere:
“…[Anima Mundi Productions’ opera Tango of the White Gardenia] will travel to places that usually don’t see much live opera, [and] I hope it also eventually goes to middle and high schools to reach young people. Its messages are loud and clear and humane, and the art is fine enough to carry them. We need compassion, not competition when it comes to relationships. Not only can Tango of the White Gardenia turn people onto the sometimes-alienating ancient art form of opera, it also suggests that we can become better people.”

At its core, it is a contemporary story that features urgent themes for today’s audiences, such as how enduring love and staying true to one’s heart are more precious than winning external recognition, how the consequences of parents’ mistakes cast a shadow on their children’s lives, and how bullies are made, not born. Specifically, it reveals how parental abandonment of a child often creates emotional insecurity and a sense of not being worthy of love, and many times the absence of care-giving parents creates a compulsion to compete, seduce, and win worldly recognition at any cost.

All of this drama unfolds against the background of Argentine Tango, which permeates both the musical score and the choreography of the six dancers who mirror each of the singing characters. In this context, the Tango becomes a metaphor for life and a perfect canvas for the expression of intense passion, deep connections, strident conflicts, and powerful reconciliation, all in operatic proportions!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Artists and performers
At-risk youth

Developed by Anima Mundi Productions and commissioned by the Rogue Valley Symphony, How Can You Own The Sky? is a program symphony in four movements developed through a year-long collaboration between composer Ethan Gans-Morse, poet Tiziana DellaRovere, and Native American Studies professor and Native Nations Liaison, Brent Florendo. The piece explores a rich combination of Siletz and Wasco traditional stories and recently uncovered history, particularly the details of the Rogue River Wars that took place in Southern Oregon in the 1850’s and resulted in the violent removal of all Native peoples of the region.

The piece is built on the framework of a traditional symphony and is further enriched with short, powerful episodes of storytelling between each of its four movements. It begins with the presentation of an original song composed and sung by Mr. Florendo, accompanied by the members of his family, an ensemble that performs professionally under the name Dancing Spirit. Mr. Florendo then becomes the storyteller and narrator of the piece, presenting the first section of Ms. DellaRovere’s narrative poem, which describes the creation of the Rogue Valley region according to Siletz tribal legends.

The orchestra then begins, with each movement alternating with and providing a programmatic depiction of the recited poetry, until all four sections of music and poetry have been presented. These four sections focus on 1) mythic creation, 2) the struggles of the first people to find wisdom and harmony with their surroundings, 3) the trail of tears and the devastation of their removal from their ancestral lands, and 4) the rediscovery of Native wisdom and hope for healing at last. Throughout the work, Mr. Florendo’s original song is the through-line, undergoing narrative change and development in the orchestra through its long journey from creation to final catharsis. At the very end of the piece, Dancing Spirit joins the orchestra in their final statement of the primary song and drumming, bringing these two music communities—and we hope their larger constituencies as well—together in friendship and reconciliation.

"How Can You Own The Sky? provides emotional catharsis on par with the great masterworks of the past. The dramatic score is brought to life through first-class orchestration and connects seamlessly with the poetry. Both the musicians and the audience were deeply touched by the experience.”
Martin Majkut, Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Adults

Our Heart of Humanity concert series is an annual series of three concerts features world-class musicians giving voice to marginalized people with compassion and depth, turning the concert hall into a space for renewed hope, communal healing and mutual understanding.

More at http://www.humanitytickets.com/

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

OPERA America 2018

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Financials

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Anima Mundi Productions

Board of directors
as of 3/29/2021
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Board chair

Richard Gordon

Mary Jane Morrison

James Kelly

Rita Reitz

Hannah Grace

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No