What lives in the space between the longing for earthly love and the longing for divine love?
A project in three parts (scroll all the way down for details) fueled first by the singing body. To sing can be an intimate expression of our inner world. Riding on the wave of breath, singing is one way of merging our interior selves with the exterior world. To sing with this awareness is to be awake to life-force itself, and to touch what it means to be human.
And to be human is to desire.
Part I: Song of Song of Songs
//A musical piece in three movements scored for twelve singers, bansuri flute, melodica, cello and percussion//
In between a live music video, an oratorio, an opera and a ritual, Song of Song of Songs explores the the relationship between the sensual and the sacred, the body and the spirit, through an exegesis of the Western world’s oldest erotic poem, Song of Songs.
Created with a dream team of artists including the theatre artists/miracle-makers/
Part II: Sappho
A live musical/video exploration of Sappho’s poetry fragments. In between a concert, a conversation and a video piece, Sappho draws from the singer/songwriter, world folk, and early music traditions. Based on Anne Carson’s translations, sung in English and Greek, accompanied by piano and lyre. Joined by a vocal ensemble of five, we imagine our way into how Sappho’s community was intimately connected to hearing poetry chanted aloud.
Part III: The FarNear
The Far-Near is a musical/ritual/interdisciplinary performance piece about desire and divinity inspired by the lives and writings of Hildegard von Bingen and Heloise d’Argenteuil, (two powerful women who rose to positions of great influence as monastics in the 12th century), and Marguerite Porete (who lived and was burned at the stake as a heretic 100 years later).
Participating artists include:
Ethan Heard, Chase Brock, Aubrey Johnson, Margot Bassett, Tamrin Goldberg, Ako, Maggie Brothers, Danyel Fulton, Troy Burton, Chad Goodridge, Patrick Cragin, Nickolas Vaughan, Shawn Shafner, Nikko Benson, Brian Sanders, Solomon Weisbard.
This is being developed with support from The Shen Family Foundation, Judson Memorial Church, and the Sheen Center.
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