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The Vortex's Vampyress
Chad Salvata’s gothic opera is the perfect treat for the season of ghouls, sensual and spooky
"...the show's heart, pumping its lifeblood into us. Composer Chad Salvata's throbbing, menacing, and melodic electro-synth score pulses throughout..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

To Boldly Go Where No Opera Has Gone Before Opera: The Next Generation
"...era in which metal and flesh are fused. Composer Chad Salvata and his electronic music group Ethos call the..."

Dec. 22, 1995 Arts Feature

Elytra: New Synthesis
With Elytra, the artists of the Vortex Repertory Company and Ethos achieve a new level in integrating cyber-opera style and story.
"...on the war between head and heart. In Elytra, Chad Salvata's latest fusion of ancient myth and far-futuristic imagery,..."

Sept. 8, 2000 Arts Review by Robert Faires

'The Dragonfly Queen'
Composer Chad Salvata takes his Dragonfly Princess to the next stage of her evolution
"...journey, as recounted in the Payne Award-winning opera by Chad Salvata, seemed complete. But it turns out that Salvata..."

Aug. 28, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Vortex Cosplay Expo
All week, Austin's masters of theatrical fantasy show you how to make an out-of-this-world look
"...of workshops and presentations with artists such as composer/imagineer Chad Salvata and Vortex Artistic Director Bonnie Cullum (6pm). Then..."

Aug. 8, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Sarah Silver Hands
The magic in this new fairy-tale opera lies in its look more than its story
"...outlandish fantasies of Austin's prolific and weird playwright/composer/costume designer Chad Salvata have been incarnated once again in the world..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

Planet of the Mermaids
A hot band plays cool music for a wild sci-fi film that may or may not be a put-on
"...category. The EPE consists of Rachel Fuhrer, David Jewell, Chad Salvata, and Sergio Samayoa, who play live accompaniment for..."

Jan. 21, 2011 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Dragonfly Princess
Despite its fairy-tale trappings, ethos' opera The Dragonfly Princess takes us down a dark path of intrigues, heresy, power struggles, and death
"...command on her daughter Mala, the titular princess in Chad Salvata's new opera, it's clear that this fairy tale..."

Aug. 31, 2007 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Vampyress
October is a fitting time for the Vortex to premiere Chad Salvata's opera 'Vampyress,' about a ghoulish countess who killed 600 women so she could bathe in their blood
"...Repertory Company to premiere this latest opera by composer Chad Salvata. Based on the life and legend of Erzsebet..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Y Ask X and Y?
"...Chad Salvata Oh. My. God...."

Jan. 1, 1999 Arts Feature by Sarah Hepola

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
"...Pythia Dust, Chad Salvata..."

May 14, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Ethos' Atlantis: A Puppet Opera
This new musical take on the fall of Atlantis pulls us into an ancient place, powered by myth and ritual
"...latest musical creation from Ethos, the company that realizes Chad Salvata's cybernetic operas, performance installations, and mythic musicals. In..."

Sept. 16, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Apocalytes and the Tetragons: Psychic Blasts and Undulating Bodies
With the multimedia B-movie spoofs The Apocalytes and The Tetragons, composer-performers Chad Salvata and Sergio R. Samayoa serve up some well-scored soft-core sci-fi cyber-porn, heavy on the energy fielding (and the hyphens.
"...The Apocalytes and The Tetragons, directed and conceived by Chad Salvata (creator of the cybernetic opera series The X&Y..."

March 17, 2000 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

The Vortex's Performance Park
Whatever you want to call this play/scavenger hunt/immersive live roleplay, it’s a one-of-a-kind, wonderful theatrical experience
"...costumes by Pam Fletcher Friday, and original music by Chad Salvata, Tyler Mabry, DeMaris, and Sergio R. Samayoa...."

May 4, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Performance Park Takes Over the Vortex
Bonnie Cullum’s dream wakes the Tarot into life in her company’s immersive theatrical experience
"...X and Y Trilogy and other cybernetic operas with Chad Salvata, her own Holy Well, Sacred Flame; Dark Goddess;..."

March 23, 2018 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Vortex's Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale
Ancient myth meets modern surveillance memorably in this devised work at the Vortex
"...system at the Vortex is also well used by Chad Salvata, with its deep bass and anxiety-inducing low tones..."

June 10, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Perfect Profile's Perfect Match
With Perfect Profile, old friends Jarrett King and Andrew Cannata try their hand at making a musical
"...composers – notably Allen Robertson (Stone Soup, Jouet) and Chad Salvata (Pythia Dust, Sarah Silver Hands) – creating musicals..."

May 15, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Pythia Dust
The Vortex's star-spanning musical is out of this world, but it doesn't really go anywhere
"...well as the original score composed by Austin local Chad Salvata...."

March 6, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

The Elementals: Earth
Vortex Repertory Company's ritualistic celebration of earth may make you want to dig your toes into the dirt
"...whose apples kept the gods young. The score by Chad Salvata and other composers helps propel the work as..."

March 29, 2013 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Elementals: Water
This Vortex dance exploring water as sacred is often beautiful but not always deep
"...well with the set of constantly moving liquid, and Chad Salvata's music serves the show's vision ably. The company..."

Sept. 21, 2012 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Culture Flash!
Art prize finalists, grants for a dancemaker and a new musical, and Mother Ginger
"...the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale The Girl Without Hands. Chad Salvata, who composed Vampyress, The Dragonfly Princess, Pythia Dust,..."

Dec. 17, 2010 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Surfin' UFO
Another blast of otherworldly wonder and weirdness from Electronic Planet Ensemble
"...Fuhrer, laying the groundwork for the prog-rock keyboards of Chad Salvata and Sergio Samayoa's badass bass guitar. No coffeehouse..."

Jan. 15, 2010 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Spaceman:Dada:Robot
A song cycle with its head in the stars and a sense of wonder makes space cool again
"...universal hum left over from the Big Bang, and Chad Salvata's celestial synth echoes the music of the spheres...."

Jan. 23, 2009 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Bell(e)
Bell(e), ethos' installation focusing on literary suicides, chucks the adolescent illusion that killing oneself is a meaningful act of passion
"...verse. In fact, all the authors are chanting texts. Chad Salvata, who conceived this museum and brought it forth..."

Sept. 8, 2006 Arts Review by Patti Hadad

Free Night of Theater: The List
These Central Texas theatre companies are offering free tickets as part of the national Free Night of Theater campaign
"...Vortex Repertory Company: Vampyress, by Chad Salvata; The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 478-5282..."

Oct. 7, 2005 Arts Feature

To Be Continued!
Something about 'hOle,' a new live theatrical serial in nine episodes, is bringing folks back to the Vortex every Tuesday night of this long, hot summer
"...it offers a richly realized alternate world. Artistic Director Chad Salvata has not only helped his shamans – Fowler,..."

July 15, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...Chad Salvata, Ghost From a Perfect PlaceDance Concert, Large..."

May 27, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Not Your Father's Musical (Or Your Kid's, For That Matter)
Three local shows show breaking into song ain't what it used to be
"...services of three local composers: Vortex Repertory Company regulars Chad Salvata (The X and Y Trilogy, Pythia Dust) and..."

Aug. 13, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Pythia Dust
The folks at ethos boldly go where no one has gone before with Pythia Dust, an outer space musical revue that feels at once brand new and yet curiously familiar
"...don't be alarmed; they're original efforts by ethos headman Chad Salvata, and while they may not exactly boast the..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Coriolanus
Lorella Loftus' staging of Coriolanus at the Vortex doesn't succeed in making Shakespeare's hero truly tragic or noble, but its fierceness of imagination and commitment would do the Roman general proud.
"...that appears to encase his head in flames. Costumers Chad Salvata and Kari Perkins neatly symbolize the blazing temper..."

Nov. 28, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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