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Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton

Preview Performances of Songs of Ascension, Walker Commission

“[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.”—New York Times

Songs of Ascension explores the spiritual, vocal, and physical notions of ascension across geography and time. This evening-length work—a combination of Meredith Monk’s pristine music and iconoclastic theatricality and artist Ann Hamilton’s raw, sensuous visual elements—will refocus your perceptions of music-theater. Add the otherworldly sounds of Monk’s Vocal Ensemble and top New York instrumentalists and you’ll experience “one of America’s most brilliant and unclassifiable theatrical artists” (New York Times).


Co-commissioned by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts; Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University (World Premiere); and the Transatlantic Arts Consortium, a partnership between the California Institute of the Arts, Dartington Plus, and Idyllwild Arts.

Additional commissioning funds for development provided by The National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, National Endowment for the Arts, The ASCAP Foundation (Joseph Meyer Fund), and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.

Songs of Ascension is made possible by the Contemporary Art Centers network, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), with major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Contemporary Art Centers network is an outgrowth of NEFA’s National Dance Project.

Songs of Ascension has been developed during residencies at Dartington, Totnes, England, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Individual support provided by Song Circle members: Linda S. Golding, Robert and Katherine Goodale, Steve Oliver, Victoria M. and Michael Paine, Barbara G. Sahlman, Linda S. Safran, and Frederieke Sanders Taylor.

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