Meredith Monk

ON BEHALF OF NATURE (2013)

On Behalf of Nature; 8 Performers, commissioned by The House Foundation for the Arts, premiered January 2013 at UCLA, also performed at University of Maryland and Edinburgh International Festival.The footage above is a collection of excerpts from the premiere.


SONGS OF ASCENSION (2008)

Songs of Ascension, for 12 Performers, performed at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, CA; Ann Hamilton's Tower, Geysersville, CA; REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana-Champaign, IL, and BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY. The clips above are taken from the performance at Ann Hamilton's Tower, 2009. The music of Songs of Ascension was also recorded for a studio album, released by ECM in 2011.


impermanence (2006)

impermanence;  8 performers, performed at Galvin Playhouse, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; San Francisco Performances at The Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, CA; Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Burghof, Stimmen Festival, Lorrach, Germany; Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia; Harvey Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY. This video is a clip of Skeleton Lines, as performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2006.


Politics of Quiet (1996)

Politics of Quiet;  12 Performers, performed at PS122, NYC; Byham Theater, Pittsburgh, PA; Musikteatret Albertslund, Copenhagen, Denmark; Festival D'Avignon, Avignon, France; Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE; The Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; Encontros Acarte Festival, Lisbon, Portugal; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. The footage above is a section called Ancestor's Chorale, performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1996.


American Archaeology (1994)

American Archaeology;  for seventy performers, performed at two sites in New York: Roosevelt Island Lighthouse Park, and Renwick Ruin, 1994.The excerpt above is from the introductory scene.


Facing North (1990)

Facing North;  2 Performers, performances The House Loft, NYC; West Kortright Centre, East Meredith, New York; The Danspace Project, St. Mark's Church, NYC; UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Laforet Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan; Black Box Theater, Oslo, Norway; Mythos Festival, Philadelphia, PA; Trinity College, Hartford, CT; Festival d'Automne, Paris, France; District Curators, Washington, DC; Carl Orff Saal, Munich, Germany; Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany; Kurhaus, Hall in Tirol, Austria; Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison, WI; Kaufman Auditorium, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI; The Clark Theater at Lincoln Center, NYC; Théâtre de Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland; Novell Hall, Taipei, Taiwan. Developed in collaboration with Robert Een. The performance above is from St. Mark's Church, 1990, of a piece called Hocket.


Acts from Under and Above (1986)

Acts from Under and Above; created in collaboration with Lanny Harrison; for three performers. Footage from a performance at La Mama Annex, New York, 1986. This excerpt includes a performance of Scared Song, which later appears on the record Do You Be (ECM, 1987).


The Games (1984)

The Games; Created in collaboration with Ping Chong; for sixteen performers. Commissioned by the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, West Berlin. Costumes and scenery by Yoshio Yabara. This excerpt is from the performance Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, West Berlin. This piece is called Astronaut Anthem.


Specimen Days (1982)

Specimen Days: A Civil War Opera: 5 Performers, performances The Public Theater, NYC; Festival d'Automne, Paris, France; Theatre National, Strasbourg, France; Teatro Due, Parma, Italy. The excerpt above is from a performance at The Public Theater, 1982.

 

Plateau Series (1978)

The Plateau Series; 8 Performers, performances St. Mark's Church, NYC; Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado; Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC; University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mills College, Oakland, California; University of California, Los Angeles, CA; Cafe Voltaire, Toronto, Canada; Israel Festival, Jerusalem. This excerpt here was from a performance at St. Mark's Church, in which Meredith performs Wa-li-oh, a song that appears on her record, Songs from the Hill / Tablet.


Quarry (1977)

Quarry: 40 Performers, OBIE Award for Outstanding Achievement 1976, performances La Mama Annex, NYC; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; International Music Theater Festival, Florence, Italy; The Venice Biennale, Italy; The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; The Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC. The excerpt above is from a performance in 1977 at La Mama. This is the 'rally' scene.


Education of the Girlchild (1972)

Education of the Girlchild: 13 Performers, First Prize in Musical Theater, The Venice Biennale 1975, performances Common Ground Theater, NYC; Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, NYC; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; Festival d'Automne, Paris, France; Teatro Stabile, Torino, Italy; International Theater Festival, Japan; The Joyce Theater, New York. The excerpt above is from the solo section of Part II, shot at The Common Ground in 1992 by Ping Chong.


 

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