Meredith Monk’s newest music-theater work, Cellular Songs, makes its world premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Harvey Theatre from March 14-18. The event marks Monk’s 11th production at BAM, which began with the 1976 presentation of Quarry. The new piece will be performed by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble—Monk, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin and Jo Stewart. Costume design and scenography is provided by Yoshio Yabara, lighting design by Joe Levasseur, sound design by Eli Walker and video design by Kate Freer. See HERE and below for full ticket and event information.

Weaving voice with movement, light, instrumental music, film and a site-specific video installation, Cellular Songs is a continuation of Monk’s works that explore our interdependent relationship with nature while seeking to evoke the ineffable. 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.

Additionally, a master class with Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble members Fisher and Geissinger will be offered at Mark Morris Dance Center on March 7. The event is co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group. More info available below.

Earlier this Fall, Monk was named the recipient of the 24th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; the award—established in 1994 through the will of stage and screen actress Lillian Gish, known as the First Lady of Cinema—is given to an individual who has “made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” Monk joins a list of honorees that has included Elizabeth LeCompte, Suzan-Lori Parks, Maya Lin, Anna Deavere Smith, Spike Lee, Trisha Brown, Laurie Anderson, Frank Gehry, Peter Sellars and Bob Dylan, among others.

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
Cellular Songs World Premiere

March 14–17 at 7:30 p.m., March 18 at 3:00 p.m.
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tickets: $25, $35, $45 (weekday); $30, $40, $50 (weekend) (Prices subject to change after January 8)

Music and direction by Meredith Monk, performed by Meredith Monk, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin and Jo Stewart, costume design and scenography by Yoshio Yabara, lighting design by Joe Levasseur, sound design by Eli Walker, video design by Kate Freer.

Master class: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble with Ellen Fisher and Katie Geissinger (Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group)
March 7 at 10:00 a.m.
Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Price: $25

For dance, music and theater practitioners.

Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Celebrated internationally, Monk’s work has been presented by BAM, Lincoln Center Festival, Houston Grand Opera, London’s Barbican Centre and at major venues around the world. She has made more than a dozen recordings, most of which are on the ECM New Series label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated impermanence and the highly acclaimed Songs of Ascension (2011), Piano Songs (2014) and On Behalf of Nature (2016).

IRecently Monk received the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Over the course of six decades she has received numerous other honors including the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, three “Obies” (including an award for Sustained Achievement), two “Bessie” awards for Sustained Creative Achievement, a Doris Duke Artist Award and a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts. She has also been named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France, one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices and Musical America’s 2012 Composer of the Year. 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.

For more information, please contact Chris Schimpf, Nick Mallchok Krista Williams or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.