Xmalia is a multimedia musical featuring songs, projections, aerials and ground-based movement. The musical will be performed at Silvermine Sunday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m.

The show unfolds as a series of musical vignettes about vanished creatures as told by a lonely musician who summons extinct animals back to life. A landscape of video and sound weaves the songs together, revealing a narrative about a musician who finds a home amidst these chimeric visions. This entertaining 70-minute vaudeville tragedy cabaret is performed on six-string ukulele and singing saw, autoharp, electric guitar, upright bass and percussion, and screen video projections.

An inter-disciplinary artist, musician and performer, C. Ryder Cooley weaves together fantasy visions with cinematic performances and installation spaces. Her work reveals a terrain of lost dreams and phantom memories.

"Xmaliais a multi-media performance featuring music and projections about extinct animals such as the Tasmanian Tiger and the Xerces Blue Butterfly, sung by a lonely musician who summons them back to life for her Graveyard Cabaret," Cooley said on her website. "Animalia is a performance series, an animation and an illustrated book. The stage performance combines live music on ukulele, accordion & singing saw with movement, aerials and projections. Exploring metaphors of flight in response to violence & war, the first Animalia performance (Stories of Collapse, Calamity & Departure) invokes visions of human-animal relations, secret bee societies and haunted circus scenes. When a girl falls under the spell of a mystical deer, she renounces her humanity to become an antlered deer creature. Animalia blurs the divisions between human/animal forms."

Cooley received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Sculpture, and an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In early 1993 she moved to San Francisco and became an active member of the local art and music scenes. She has performed and collaborated with several bands including Fall Harbor, the Jug Stompers, the Darklings, Corner Tour and Down River.

Tickets are $15 for members; $20 for non-members.

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Space is limited and reservations are encouraged. To purchase advance tickets call 203-966-9700, ext. 22.

On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7 and 8, there will be a Xmalia exhibit, featuring Cooley's work. Artwork and performance documents by C. Ryder Cooley will be on exhibit in the School of Art Student Gallery. The exhibit will showcase drawings, video and collage from her studio, as well as photographs, documents, and garments from Animalia-Xmaliaperformances and other related works.