Impermanence is a celebration of life and a meditation on death. Expressed through a flow of music, song, video, and dance, the work is a haunting evocation of the passage of time. The music- melodic, mysteries, at once delicately soft and powerful- vibrantly combines with gesture and movement that is both abstract and specific. The result is a poetic distillation of the complexity of living and dying, crafted into a sumptuous spareness resonant with possibility. Impermanence is a journey of the spirit, cathartic and redemptive.
Impermanence was commissioned by The House Foundation for the Arts, NYC; Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts; Brooklyn Academy of Music; American Music Center’s Live Music for Dance Program; and Arts International’s Artist Exploration Fund.
Music by Meredith Monk. Lighting design by Noele Stollmack. Costume design by Yoshi Yabara. Sound design by David Meschter.
Developed in collaboration with: Theo Bleckman, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Ching Gonzalez, Bohdan Hilash, John Hollenbeck, Allison Sniffin, and Yoshio Yabara.
History of Performance: 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.