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love fail

Dec 6—Dec 8, 2012
RUN TIME: 1hr 10min
SINGLE TICKETS:  Starts at $20
+  Post-Show Artist Talk with David Lang on Fri, Dec 7, moderated by John Schaefer.
Prices subject to change after Aug 26 
December 2012
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Thursday December 06, 2012
Performances no longer available.

Composed and directed by David Lang
Anonymous 4

“[Anonymous 4’s] curiosity ranges wide, a millennium’s worth of repertoire. But no matter the style, the group has a knack for bringing out music’s ritual, comforting in its formality while intriguing in its mystery.”
—Boston Globe

The latest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, love fail marries evocative new music with timeless storytelling to tell a tale of love both found and unfulfilled, performed by the ravishing voices of legendary early music group Anonymous 4.

Assembled from a stunning range of texts—including medieval courtly love narratives, excerpts from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, writings by Lang, and short stories by MacArthur Fellow Lydia Davis—Lang's breathtaking work distills a single, universal tale about desire's discontent, made luminous by one of the premier vocal ensembles of our time.

Stories by Lydia Davis
Words by David Lang after Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Sir Thomas Malory, Beroul, Thomas of Britain, Beatriz de Dia and Richard Wagner
Set and video design by Jim Findlay
Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton
Costume design by Suzanne Bocanegra
Additional design elements by Jeff Sugg

Produced by Beth Morrison Projects. Commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 2012 Next Wave Festival, The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The John F. Kennedy Center Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, The Wake Forest University / Secrest Artists Series, and Hancher Performances at the University of Iowa

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Post-Show Artist Talk  

with David Lang

Fri, Dec 7

John Schaefer moderates this artist talk, which takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders.

Last at BAM with
Shelter | Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe | 2005 NWF

Recommended if you enjoyed
Le Jardin de Monsieur Lully | Les Arts Florissants | 2011 Fall Opera
Awakening | Kronos Quartet | 2011 NWF

David Lang

David Lang is one of America's most honored composers.

Anonymous 4

Anonymous 4 is renowned for its unearthly vocal blend and uncanny ensemble singing

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The buzz
love fail in the news
David Lang: Possibility of Failure
Radiolab podcast: David Lang’s “Salle Des Departs”