Meredith monk & Vocal Ensemble


DATES AVAILABLE FOR TOURING
July 2019 – June 2020

TOURING PERSONNEL

Dancers/Performers: 2-8 depending on repertory
Artistic/Administrative Staff: 1-2
Production/Technical: 4+

About

Over 50 years of groundbreaking work at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound continue to be celebrated by Meredith Monk and her Vocal Ensemble in the upcoming season.

The holder of Carnegie Hall’s Composer’s Chair (2014-15), Musical America’s Composer of the Year (2012), and the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, Monk has been proclaimed by the press as “one of America’s coolest composers,” and a “magician of the voice.” In September 2015, Meredith was awarded a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.

Her music-theater work continues to create landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words.

Click Here for a link of Meredith Monk's receipt of the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.

 
 

Repertory


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premiere - cellular songs A new music–theatre work

 Cellular Songs is the newest in a series of music theater pieces created by Meredith Monk that explore our interdependent relationship with nature while seeking to evoke the ineffable. Following the celebrated On Behalf of Nature, which offered a liminal space questioning the precarious state of our global ecology, Cellular Songs turns attention inward to the very fabric of life itself. Joined by the women of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble, Monk combines some of her most adventurous vocal music to date with movement, light, instrumental music and film, as well as a video installation designed specifically for each space. The work, at once playful and contemplative, draws inspiration from such cellular activity as layering, replication, division and mutation, and looks to underlying systems in nature that can serve as a prototype for human behavior in our tumultuous world. Conjuring cycles of birth and death throughout, Monk once again reminds us of her vitality as an artist who cuts to the core of experience, continuing to share the genius of her discovery and innovation.

a celebration service – a community project

Created to commemorate the new millennium, A Celebration Service evokes the universal quest for spirituality in the form of a luminous “service.” Drawing from 30 years of her musical compositions and from spiritual traditions spanning centuries and cultures, Monk interweaves chants and songs, original choreography and readings drawn from Buddhist texts, Hasidic sayings, Zen poetry and Christian prayer in this celebration of community and the search for meaning and connection through ritual. The cast includes local community members – singers, readers, dancers and keyboardists – and members of Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble.

ARCHAEOLOGY OF AN ARTIST

An evening length presentation incorporating live performance and video clips. Monk speaks about her process and trajectory over the last six decades. Culminates with an informal Q&A with audience.

MEREDITH MONK & VOCAL ENSEMBLE – IN CONCERT

Meredith Monk and her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble of singers and instrumentalists offer a variety of concert configurations, from duets, trios and quartets to the full ensemble of 8 performers. The Soul’s Messenger (quartet) and 50 Years of New Music (octet) offer an expansive view of Monk’s six decades of making work. Her wordless music embodies an alchemical mixture of technical virtuosity, poignant directness, interpretive suppleness and palpable excitement.

QUARRY: AN OPERA IN THREE MOVEMENTS

A new production of Meredith Monk's seminal 1976 mediation on World War II- a mosaic of music, images, movement, dialogue, film, sound and light. Considered by many to be a masterwork of the 20th Century, revivals took place in 1985 and 2003. Quarry centers on the anguished reverie of a child sick in bed (the role Monk originated), a dream that gradually mutates into a nightmare.  The child’s illness is a metaphor for the darkness of the world at war. Originally performed by Monk’s group, The House, and thirty additional performers, this new production will feature 12 main cast members and a chorus of 28, specifically cast for each venue. The music is scored for solo voice, chorus, and two organs.

As described by Alan Kriegsman of The Washington Post in 2003, "What is most disturbing and urgent about seeing ‘Quarry’ today is that it resonates with the most fearful anxieties and perils of our time.”

 

Meredith Monk & Anne Waldman

Two iconic women known for their mesmerizing stage presences join forces for a singular evening of music, movement, and poetry.  Anne Waldman is a prolific poet, playwright, activist, and the author of more than 40 collections of poetry and poetics. Offering an evening in three parts, Waldman begins with a performative reading from her “Entanglement Variations,” with visuals of paintings by Pat Steir and sound composition by Ambrose Bye. Meredith Monk then performs several selections of her work with members of her Vocal Ensemble. The evening culminates in an original collaborative duet between Monk and Waldman.

 
 
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Residency Activities

MASTER CLASSES & workshops

Led by Meredith Monk and/or Ensemble members, participants work with the voice and body as multifaceted instruments exploring range, timbre, gesture, landscape and rhythm. Selected pieces from Monk’s vast repertory are also taught. 

film screenings

Contact RSA for available titles.

Pre or post performance discussions and other residency activities available upon request.

 
 

Tech

Complete Technical Rider upon Request