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A Day with Meredith Monk

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Apr 2, 2018
Apr 2, 2018
Segal Theatre
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Meredith Monk directing Book of Days. Photo by Dominique Lasseur

Monday, April 2
Segal Theatre
5:30pm Discussion + 1:00pm Screenings

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us for a day with iconic composer, singer, director/choreographer and filmmaker, Meredith Monk. Following afternoon screenings, the evening discussion features Meredith Monk, Performing Arts Journal editor Bonnie Marranca, and Frank Hentschker. Screenings will include 16 Millimeter Earrings (1966), Book of Days (1988), Ellis Island (1981), Turtle Dreams (1983), Paris (1982), and several of Monk’s short silent films (1966-1994).

Additional support by PAJ Publications/PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Bonnie Marranca, editor.

Considered one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, Meredith Monk has been a pioneer of interdisciplinary work for over 50 years. Her award-winning films, Ellis Island and Book of Days, have screened world-wide and on PBS, and her music has been used by filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard, Terrence Malick, David Byrne and the Coen brothers, among others. Monk has made more than a dozen recordings on the ECM label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated Impermanence. In conjunction with her 50th season of performing and creating work, she was named the 2014-15 Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. Recent honors include the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Celebrated internationally, Ms. Monk’s work has been presented at major venues throughout the world.

Bonnie Marranca is founding publisher and editor of the Obie-Award winning PAJ Publications/PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, which celebrated its 40th year in 2016. A recent recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Editing Award for Sustained Achievement, she has written or edited seventeen books. She is the author of three volumes of criticism, Performance Histories, Ecologies of Theatre, and Theatrewritings, and editor several play anthologies, interview and essay collections, including Conversations with Meredith Monk,  New Europe: plays from the continent, Interculturalism and Performance, and Plays for the End of the Century. Her essays have been translated into twenty languages. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar, Bonnie Marranca is Professor of Theatre at The New School for Liberal Arts/Eugene Lang College.

Schedule (TBC):
1:00pm                 16 Millimeter Earrings (1966, 25 minutes)
1:30pm                 Book of Days (1988, 55 minutes)
2:40pm                 Ellis Island (1981, 7 minutes)
2:50pm                 Turtle Dreams (1983, 10 minutes )
3:00pm                 Paris (1982, 26 minutes)
3:30pm                 Several of Monk’s short silent films (1966-1994)
5:30pm                 Discussion with Meredith Monk, Bonnie Marranca, and Frank Hentschker

About the films:
16 Millimeter Earrings
Color, Sound, 25 Minutes, 16mm.
Produced, directed and photographed by Robert Withers.
Conceived and performed by Meredith Monk; originally performed in 1966.

The film received a Merit Award at The Dance Film Festival in New York City, 1980. 16 Millimeter Earrings, a breakout early piece for Meredith, was a solo performance incorporating film and original music, voice and guitar, tapes. Originally performed at Judson Memorial Church.

Book of Days
Black and White and Color, Sound(Stereo/Dolby),
74:21 Minutes (35mm-1:33/video), 1″ 3/4″ and 1/2″videotape.
55:36 minutes (Video/Television version), 1″ 3/4″ and 1/2″ videotape.

Book of Days opens, in color, with 20th-century workmen blasting a brick wall, leaving a hole that opens into a black-and-white small town in the Middle Ages. Men, women and children glide about their daily tasks, stopping to answer sometimes tellingly anachronistic questions from 20th-century interviewers

Color, Sound, 26 Minutes, 1″, 3/4″ and 1/2″ videotape.
Conceived and performed by Meredith Monk and Ping Chong.
Produced and Directed by Mark Lowry and Kathryn Escher; made in cooperation with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and KTCA-TV.
Music by Meredith Monk.

Paris was first performed in 1972, the first part of The Travelogue Series. The video received an Honorable Mention in the 26th Annual American Film Festival sponsored by the Educational Film Library Association, and was also selected for screening at the International Public Television conference in Belgium. It is shown here in its entirety, performed by Meredith Monk and Ping Chong.

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