Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 09:00AM - 10:00PM

Meredith Monk: On Behalf of Nature

Saturday, May 4, 2013
8:00 pm
Kay Theatre

Choreographer and artist Meredith Monk


“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 Yorker



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. On 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 Library:

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.

  • Books - Writings by and about Meredith Monk. Learn more about her life, work, and unique artistic style.
  • Film - Want to see some of Monk's dances for yourself? Check out these DVDs and videos, held in the collections of MSPAL.
  • Recordings - 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.

Streaming video:

Watch films of Monk's performances and learn more about her through Alexander Street Press's database Dance in Video.