Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens is a three-year iterative performance project by American playwright, director, and performer Sibyl Kempson with her theater company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. Presented at the Museum on twelve occasions, 12 Shouts will mark each Solstice and Equinox occurring between March 2016 and December 2018, creating a new ceremonial calendar and a contemporary mythology. The second Shout in this cycle of rituals celebrates the upcoming Summer Solstice: June 20, 2016, 6:34 pm EST.
Bringing into play the Whitney’s architecture and its porous relationship with the city and natural world, Kempson will engage with the Museum as a strategic frame and entry point for each of these rituals. With a sensitivity and focus toward the specific cycles and rhythms of days, seasons, and human activities, 12 Shouts explores the layers of historical and cultural significance of this location.
Kempson’s work stems from a deep research in history, mythology, art history, metaphysics, and ritual. Through her writing process she knits together multi-faceted narratives that provide the foundation for the world created in her performances. This sense of layering is further bolstered by artistic collaboration, and throughout this process she will engage with various sound artists, choreographers, and visual artists, among others.
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Performance begins in the lobby. Doors open at 6:15 pm, and close promptly at 6:30 pm. Late arrivals will not be admitted.
12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens is organized by Greta Hartenstein, Senior Curatorial Assistant and Jay Sanders, Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance.
12 Shouts was developed in residence at the Watermill Center. Special thanks to the Byrd Hoffman Foundation. Development support is also provided by a residency at Abrons Arts Center. The 2016 Shouts are partially funded by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
Significant support for the Whitney’s Performance Program is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Generous support is also provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Performance Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Special thanks to the Hudson River Park.
12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens is an original work by Sibyl Kempson commissioned by the Whitney, and includes dramaturgy and research by Thomas Riccio, scholar of ritual, indigenous performance and shamanism.