Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton

Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton: Songs of Ascension

"[Monk is] one of America's most brilliant and unclassifiable theatrical artists." The New York Times

"[Meredith Monk is] a high priestess of enchantment… She invites you to bypass the part of your brain that craves logic and understanding and to respond intuitively to the wondrous qualities of her sounds and images." The New York Times

Los Angeles Premiere

Soaring to a grand scale of artistic gesture and ambition, this major new multimedia work reunites two of the most influential artists in the United States today. Monk’s signature form of incantatory music-theater finds an uncanny match in Hamilton’s sensuous visual artistry as the full-evening piece channels an exploration of the spiritual, vocal, and physical notions of ascension across geography and time. Conceived as an immersive theatrical environment that is kaleidoscopic in detail and nuance, the performance combines Monk’s pristine music — featuring the 20-singer CalArts Choir, the artist's own vocal ensemble, a string quartet and percussion — with movement and surround-video projections. Songs of Ascension was originally inspired in part by poet Norman Fischer’s translations of the Psalms and in part by Hamilton’s The Tower, an eight-story sculpture and performance space located in Northern California.

Co-commissioned by the Transatlantic Arts Consortium, a partnership formed by CalArts, Dartington Plus, and Idyllwild Arts; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University; with additional support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Songs of Ascension was made possible by the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and MetLife Foundation.

Additional funding generously provided by Lillian and Jon Lovelace, and Judith O. and Robert E. Rubin.

Associated Images: 

WED 10/29
8:30 pm
THU 10/30
8:30 pm
FRI 10/31
8:30 pm
SAT 11/1
8:30 pm
SUN 11/2
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff