Film Screenings, Colloquium Among Highlights of Meredith Monk Residency

Posted January 27th, 2011 at 3:26 pm.

When Meredith Monk visits campus next week as a Hepburn fellow, students will have the opportunity to attend workshops and spend time with one of the world’s most celebrated interdisciplinary artists.

Among the highlights of Monk’s fellowship are free screenings of several films that either are produced by Monk or focus on the artist.

Monday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m.,
Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall.
Screening of Inner Voice with Meredith Monk in attendance.

Inner Voice celebrates Monk’s life and work and illuminates the role that Buddhism has played in her artistic practice. Using a wealth of resource material including personal archives, film clips of performances, interviews with her collaborators, and conversations with the multi-talented artist herself, director Babeth M. Vanloo articulates Monk’s extraordinary drive to live for, and through, artistic expression.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 12:30-2 p.m.
Thomas 224
Center for Visual Culture Colloquium
Monk will discuss the visual aspects of her theatrical and filmed works.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall
Meredith Monk Film Festival (Screenings of Ellis Island and Book of Days)

Shot on the crumbling site prior to its reconstruction, Monk’s Ellis Island crafts a poetic imagining of the immigrants’ blinding sense of dislocation as they passed through Ellis Island at the turn of the century. The 1981 film juxtaposes black-and-white, almost ghostly images of actors and dancers embodying the spirit of American immigrants against color shots of the restored building and its modern-day visitors.

Although it begins and ends in the 20th century, Monk’s Book of Days largely takes place during the Middle Ages in a small, anonymous village affected by religious conflicts and a deadly plague. Leaping back and forth across centuries, the 1988 work is a film about time, drawing parallels between the Middle Ages —a time of war, plague and fear of the Apocalypse—with our modern times of racial and religious conflict, AIDs, and the fear of nuclear annihilation.

Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall
There will be a free “Learning to Listen” event in which Monk will discuss her approaches to composing and vocalizing, with performances by Monk and Vocal Ensemble.

Sunday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall
Monk and Vocal Ensemble will perform Education of the Girlchild Revisited as part of the Performing Arts Series and the College’s 125th Anniversary celebration.

Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Featured this month in “Meredith Monk: A Voice for All Time” on NPR, she is a pioneer of what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which we have no words. During a career spanning more than 45 years, she has been acclaimed by audiences and critics as a major creative force in the performing arts.

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