Meredith Monk: On Behalf of Nature
Saturday, May 4, 2013
“She may loom even larger as the new century unfolds, and later
generations will envy those who got to see her live.” – Alex Ross, The New
Composer, singer, director/choreographer, and
filmmaker Meredith Monk brings her newest music-theater work to life on the
stage of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Behalf of Nature is a poetic meditation on our intimate
connection to nature and the fragility of its ecology. Within this world, Monk
evokes the Buddhist notion of the existence of different realm categories—the
idea of joining heaven and earth by way of human beings. Joined by her acclaimed
Vocal Ensemble, Monk creates a liminal space where human, natural and spiritual
elements are woven into a delicate whole, in order to illuminate the
interconnection and interdependency of us all.
An active performance
artist since the 1960s, Meredith Monk has paved the way for interdisciplinary
performances with her exploratory style and path-breaking creativity. Learn more
about this eclectic and inspired performer in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts
A pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and
“interdisciplinary performance,” Monk’s exploration of the voice as an
instrument expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of
sound that unearth feelings, energies and memories for which there are no words.
- Writings by and about Meredith Monk. Learn more about her life, work,
and unique artistic style.
- Want to see some of Monk's dances for yourself? Check out these DVDs
and videos, held in the collections of MSPAL.
- Monk is has been called a "pioneer in extended vocal technique.” Find
out why by listening to her recordings.
- Articles - Read
articles, reviews, and interviews with and about Meredith Monk, selected from
the archives of The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Watch films of Monk's performances and learn more
about her through Alexander Street Press's database