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Danspace Project presents Meredith Monk Pioneer Days


Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 11:20am

One Special Evening!!!

Danspace Project Presents

Pioneer Days

November 19, 2012 [Mon] at 7PM

Part of PLATFORM 2012: Judson Now
New York, NY, November 16, 2012 - Danspace Project is pleased to announce the program for Pioneer Days, Meredith Monk's one-night-only engagement (Monday, November 19 at 7PM). This special evening is part of Danspace's PLATFORM 2012: Judson Now celebrating the 50th anniversary of Judson Dance Theater. The singular Monk's breakthrough work, 16 Millimeter Earrings, was originally performed at Judson Memorial Church in 1966. Monk was recently named 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America and one of NPR's 50 Great Voices. She is a 2012 Doris Duke artist and received a 2011 Yoko Ono Lennon Courage award for the arts.

The program for the evening includes:

* 16 Millimeter Earrings, originally performed at Judson Church in 1966. John Perrault of the Village Voice wrote "movement, film, words, and sounds are so skillfully interwoven and inter-related that no description can substitute for actually seeing the kind of magic she has managed to produce." This film interpretation by Robert Withers, shown on this evening, documents a 1977 reconstruction and is his cinematic view of the piece.

* Selections from Shards: music, images and movement from 1969-1973
Explains Monk: "For Shards, I reconsidered various materials that I created during the tumultuous and vibrant period of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Instead of trying to reproduce what happened then, we have modified and recombined the fragments to create an entirely new entity."

Selections from Shards includes sections from:
- Key: an album of invisible theatre (1971)
Meredith Monk: voice, organ
Ellen Fisher: organ

- Education of the Girlchild (1973)
Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin: voice

- Vessel: an opera epic (1971)
Meredith Monk, Allison Sniffin: voice, organ
Katie Geissinger: voice

* Excerpts from Songs of Ascension (2008)
Songs of Ascension was originally inspired, in part, by poet Norman Fischer's translations of the Psalms and, in part, by an eight-story high Tower designed by video artist Ann Hamilton for the Oliver Ranch in Northern California. Filmed on location at Ann Hamilton's Tower, Geyserville, CA

MEREDITH MONK is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. A pioneer in what is now called "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance," Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words. Over the last five decades, she has been hailed as "a magician of the voice" and "one of America's coolest composers". Celebrated internationally, Monk's work has been presented by BAM, Lincoln Center Festival, Houston Grand Opera, London's Barbican Centre, and at major venues in countries from Brazil to Syria. Among her many accolades, she was recently named 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America and one of NPR's 50 Great Voices, and received a 2011 Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts and a 2012 Doris Duke Artist Award.

In 1968 Ms. Monk founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance. In 1978 she founded Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble to expand her musical textures and forms. As a pioneer in site-specific performance, she has created such works as Juice: A Theatre Cantata In 3 Installments (1969) and Ascension Variations (2009) for the Guggenheim Museum, and American Archeology #1: Roosevelt Island (1994). Monk's award-winning films, including Ellis Island (1981) and her first feature, Book of Days (1988), have been seen throughout the world. Her music can also be heard in films by such directors as Jean-Luc Godard and the Coen Brothers. In addition to her numerous vocal pieces, music-theater works and operas, Monk has created vital new repertoire for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments, with commissions from Michael Tilson Thomas/New World Symphony, Kronos Quartet, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Master Chorale, among others.

Since graduating Sarah Lawrence College in 1964, Monk has received numerous honors including the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, three "Obies" (including an award for Sustained Achievement), two Villager Awards, and two "Bessie" awards for Sustained Creative Achievement. She holds honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from Bard College, the University of the Arts, The Juilliard School, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Boston Conservatory. Monk has made more than a dozen recordings, most of which are on the ECM New Series label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated impermanence. In October 1999 Monk performed A Vocal Offering for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama as part of the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles. Monk's 40th year of performing and creating new music was celebrated in 2005 by a four-hour marathon at Carnegie's Zankel Hall. In February she honored with a remix and interpretations CD, MONK MIX, featuring 25 artists from the jazz, pop, dj and new music worlds. In March, she premiered her newest piece for six voices and mixed ensemble, Realm Variations, commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and performed in John Cage's Song Books as part of the Symphony's American Mavericks Festival. Monk is currently developing a new music-theater work, On Behalf of Nature, to premiere in 2013.

LOCATION: Unless otherwise noted, all performances and events take place at Danspace Project in St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003.

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