As artists, doing what we do would literally not be possible without the support of generous individuals who, on faith, offer space, time and resources to us in our painstaking, non-linear processes of development. It’s a beautiful exchange; not only does their generosity make our work possible, but it makes it more deeply purposeful, reminding that there are people who’s lives are enriched by what we do. Marya of Mystic Paper Beasts in Stonington, CT graciously offered us her stunning Dragon’s Egg studio for our first-ever residency over Labor Day weekend. I can’t begin to describe the growth that such an intensive period allowed. We closed with a performance for the community, and we can’t wait to share it back in NYC!
While we’re still glowing from our Dixon premiere, I’m really excited that we’ll be presenting a portion of “One” at the CREST Festival on May 9th! CREST is an amazing showcase curated by the wonderful ChristinaNoel & The Creature thecreature.nyc (with whom we share a company member - Liana Kleinman!). We’re sharing the evening with some really special artists. I hope you can join us!
I’m speechless after two incredible nights at Dixon Place. I couldn’t have imagined a better place and audience for this premiere, well over a hundred people across both shows! Already can’t wait till the next one, stay tuned!
A few days from our premiere at Dixon Place, and our woodwinds man Noah Becker put out this beautiful description of what it is we’re all about. I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I’m leaving it here:
"Repetition" is present in all our lives. It often manifests as routines, habits, the daily mundane.
We are often terrified of it.
Many thinkers have explored our fear of repetition, of the lack of control it elicits.
Nietzsche asked us to imagine a demon, descending onto our lives right now and bestowing a curse upon us, that every moment we've lived thus far—every triumph, failure, every microscopic turn of emotion—we are now doomed to repeat exactly in every detail, forever.
Beyond the sphere of the individual, in "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by García Márquez, Úrsula is repeatedly plagued with the dreadful feeling that history (and all its shortcomings) are stuck in a loop... History repeating itself, her awareness of that fact itself cycling—layers of repetition compound and multiply.
There's Sisyphus and his rock...
So, how do we counter this? What makes a life of repetition worth it?
I think it has to do with the infinite variety within patterns of life, and seeing how repetition doesn't function in a bubble, but links up closely with its dear sibling, evolution!
In his poem "A Dialogue of Self and Soul", Yeats writes "I am content to live it all again", and "We are blest by everything, / Everything we look upon is blest." He finds the variety and singularity in all things, no matter their surface association with some repeated form, which makes for a life worth living.
What makes Bach able to draw so much melody from a single motive? How does Roscoe Mitchell create expansive improvisations out of, sometimes, so little material? What keeps Morton Feldman's music interesting, with its long passages of the same melodies and interval patterns, hours and hours of only small changes? Bird repeats his own language and devices across so many tunes and solos, so what makes him great? Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, what makes their minimalist, cyclical music tick?
These musicians all express enormous variety in their repeated gestures, so much so that the variety opens us to the vastness of the infinite, encouraging awe and wonder over fear and despair. And their processes of evolution over time show us how repetition becomes something not to be dreaded, but to be embraced, treasured, loved!
Take a peek into “One,” premiering at the end of this month at Dixon Place! We can’t wait to finally share this work with the world!
It’s official, we are presenting our evening-length debut and premiere “One” at Dixon Place for two nights in January, 2019! After months (years…) of intensive research, this will be the first time our work is shown in public. Buy tickets now and read more on Dixon’s website!
January 27th - 7pm
January 28th - 9pm
It’s that really special and sometimes terrifying moment when a creative process so personal and dear becomes public. Welcome! Stay tuned for updates about our evening-length premiere of “One” in January!