Meredith MonkUnited States
Grants Awarded2000 | Theater | Singapore
For participation in a project undertaken by The House Foundation for the Arts1997 | Theater | Asia General
to support workshops and other public programs presented by choreographer and vocalist Meredith Monk in connection with her solo performance tour in Hong Kong and Taipei in February 1997
The voice, the original human instrument, is an eloquent language of the heart that delineates energy for which we don’t have words. This workshop offers a place where voice, movement and image intersect to create an opportunity for participants to discover their own personal richness. During the workshop, Meredith will also give a talk on the relationship she has crafted between her Buddhist practice and her art.
Meredith Monk is internationally celebrated as “a magician of the voice”. Her work has been presented at major venues around the world. Among her many accolades, she was recently named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France and the 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America. In conjunction with her 50th Season of creating and performing, she was appointed the 2014-15 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. In September 2015, Ms. Monk received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Ms. Monk’s rare Dallas appearance will feature her in performance with the Meredith Monk Quartet.
Ms. Monk received ACC Fellowships in 1997 and 2000 for research in Hong Kong, China and Singapore.
Returning to BAM after the ecstatic hymn to compassion On Behalf of Nature (2014 Next Wave), ACC grantee Meredith Monk and the four women of her peerless vocal ensemble present a new work, continuing their investigation of the interconnected, ineffable relationship between humans and the natural world.
Pairing voice with movement, instrumentation, and a site-specific video installation, Cellular Songs contemplates the fundamental unit of life and its relation to the universe. Drawing inspiration from biological processes—layering, division, replication, mutation—Monk looks to underlying systems in nature that can serve as a prototype for human behavior in our tumultuous world.