Dancing Voices is an imaginative and magical experience between the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and world renowned composer/performer Meredith Monk. Since 2008 these artists have been charting new territory together when YPC sang the world premiere choral arrangement of Monk’s “Things Heaven and Hell” from her “Three heavens and Hells” as part of YPC’s groundbreaking Transient Glory commissioning series for young voices and its Radio Radiance broadcast/ digital media series. Dancing Voices is a evening-long experience of vocal music, theater and movement– multi-dimensional, multi-perceptual, and intergenerational– augmented by and ambience of theatrical lighting which connects a non-narrative arc of Monk’s music and choreography. From full choral works to smaller chamber pieced, to duets and solos, “Dancing Voices” surveys an expansive landscape of Monk’s work over the last six decades. It encouraged audiences of all ages to experience performance with a fresh perspective– to hear with eyes wide open and see with adventuresome ears– and a willingness to enjoy, and have fun engaging with the work.
Dancing voices was produced by The House Foundation for the Arts and Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and is supported in part by the Amphion Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, James E. Robinson Foundation, H. O. Peet Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, and Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust.
Performers: For this piece Meredith Monk worked with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City; Francisco J. Núñez, artistic director; Katie Geissinger, Voice; Allison Sniffin, Voice; and Piano American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Performance History: Lincoln Center White Lights Festival (2017)
This piece is part of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble’s current repertory. For North American bookings, contact: Rena Shagan Associates