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STEEL HAMMER at Brooklyn Academy of Music

STEEL HAMMER at Brooklyn Academy of Music


Julia Wolfe; SITI Company; Bang on a Can All-Stars


BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY


Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 7:30pm daily through December 5, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 3:00pm daily through December 5, 2015

Julia Wolfe; SITI Company; Bang on a Can All-Stars

 Part of 2015 Next Wave Festival

Julia Wolfe and SITI Company
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Directed by Anne Bogart

Who was John Henry? According to Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen, he was a steel-driving railroad man who outperformed a steam drill before dying with his hammer in hand. But versions of the indelible American myth vary.

In this staged incarnation of her work Steel Hammer, 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe teams with director Anne Bogart and SITI Company to distill the discrepancies of over 200 variants of the classic ballad and legend into a theatrical post-minimalist mountain-music hybrid. Playwrights Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor provide additional texts as three singers and the Bang on a Can All-Stars—fortified with banjo, bones, jaw harp, and other Appalachian instruments—give the folk hero a newfangled song for a new century.

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