Desire/Divinity Project

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/creative geniuses, Ethan Heard and Chase Brock.




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Part II: Sappho

With Movement Direction by Emma Crane Jaster

Performed by Marisa Michelson and the Constellation Chor

Sappho’s poetry crackles with life: each word (as translated by Anne Carson) is a potent universe evoking layers of meaning, each phrase is a journey into a passionate pulsing heart, each poem shrinks the millennia, transcends time, and reveals the universality of a human soul that is like all of ours. 

Poetry, voice, breath, movement, woven together by the Constellation Chor, to make audible and visible Sappho’s spirit.  


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, Marina Pires, Kinga Szerjesi, Sara Serpa, Peter Musante, Emma Crane Jaster.

The Desire/Divinity Project is being developed with support from The Shen Family Foundation, Judson Memorial Church, and Heartbeat Opera.









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