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Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton
Featuring Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and The Todd Reynolds String Quartet
From the Buddhist path of enlightenment to Jacob's ladder to
heaven, the theme of spiritual attainment through ascent permeates
the global unconscious. In Songs of Ascension,
multidisciplinary artist Meredith Monk (last at BAM with
impermanence, 2006 Next Wave Festival) embraces this
universal notion, creating a sanctuary of music, movement, and
video rooted in her evocative vocal style.
Inspired in part by sky-bound structures, Monk, together with video artist Ann Hamilton (mercy, 2002 Next Wave Festival), transforms the BAM Harvey Theater into a resonant spiritual chamber, using voice, strings, reeds, and percussion to envelop the audience in contemplative sound. Performers lend body to buoyant spirit as gossamer-like video projections flicker on the walls, sending the collective soul upwards on mellifluous currents of song.
Music by Meredith Monk
Video design by Ann Hamilton
Lighting design by Elaine Buckholtz
Costume design by Yoshio Yabara
Additional costumes by Gary Graham
Sound design by Jody Elff