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.
The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.
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