Cellular Songs is the newest in a series of music theater pieces created by Meredith Monk that explore our interdependent relationship with nature while seeking to evoke the ineffable. Following the celebrated On Behalf of Nature, which offered a liminal space questioning the precarious state of our global ecology, Cellular Songs turns attention inward to the very fabric of life itself. Joined by the women of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble, Monk combines some of her most adventurous and daring music for the voice to date, with movement, light, instrumental music and film, as well as a video installation designed specifically for each space. The work, at once playful and contemplative, draws inspiration from such cellular activity as layering, replication, division and mutation, and looks to underlying systems in nature that can serve as a prototype for human behavior in our tumultuous world. Conjuring cycles of birth and death throughout, Monk once again reminds us of her vitality as an artist who cuts to the core of experience, continuing to share the genius of her discovery and innovation.
Performers: Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin, Jo Stewart.
Cellular Songs has received developmental support through residencies at Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT (January 2018), at Wesleyan University (November 2017) and at Jim Hodges’ Queenslab (June 2017).
Commissioning funds for the development of Cellular Songs were provided by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Cellular Songs Concert has been performed at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY; West Kortright Center, East Meredith, NY; Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, New York, NY; Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY; Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN.
Cellular Songs, the fully staged music theater piece premiered at the BAM Harvey, Brooklyn, NY in March 2018, with subsequent performances at Diaghilev Festival, Perm, Russia; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; UCLA CAP, Los Angeles, CA; Stanford LIVE, Stanford, CA.
The concert and music theater piece are both part of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble’s current repertory. For North American bookings, contact: Rena Shagan Associates.