Photo credit: Paul Saline
CONSTELLATION CHOR is an improvising vocal performance ensemble made up of composers, singers, dancers and actors, and founded by music-theatre and choral composer Marisa Michelson.In residence at the historic Judson Memorial Church, the Chor engages at the intersection of voice, movement, healing, meditation, storytelling, inner-development, Oliveros’ Deep Listening, and music-theatre. Researching the interaction of mind/body/spirit practices with virtuosic singing, the Chor also explores performer as truth-seeker/shaman, and the performance as an invitation to enter into an intimate relationship with the moment and each other.Founded two years ago, Constellation Chor performs interdisciplinary pieces composed by Michelson, as well as collaborating with other composers, choreographers, directors, and mindfulness practitioners.Projects include: Michelson’s Desire|Divinity Project (Director Ethan Heard; Choreographer: Emma Jaster) developed with Heartbeat Opera, and supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; improvised site-specific pieces with Crowded Outlet, Alchemical Theatre, Harpa Opera Center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Current projects include: Film installation of Michelson’s “Sappho Fragments” with filmmaker Paul Lieber; and a collaboration with Butoh master Diego Piñon, produced by Shakina Nayfack. Upcoming residency at the Art Monastery in VT.Constellation Chor’s internationally and vocally diverse array of talent hails from Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Austria and the US, and has been seen on stages from New York to Dubai and BAM to Broadway. Chor members include Marisa Michelson, Chad Goodridge, Nikko Benson, Jen Anaya, Tamrin Goldberg, Shawn Shafner, Kalli Siamidou, Luisa Muhr, and Sarah Beth Pfeifer. Satellite and orbiting members include Sepideh Moafi, Marina Pires, Heathcliff Saunders, Raphael Sacks, Sara Serpa, Nickolas Vaughan, and Kinga Cserjesi.