Performances

Sibyl Kempson: 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens: Winter Solstice

Wed, Dec 19–Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

The twelfth and culminating Shout in this three-year cycle of performances celebrates the Winter Solstice. In this grand finale, each of the previous seasons are honored over the course of a three-day installation in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater. On display are the materials from rituals, relics from key characters, and Suzanne Bocanegra’s iconic costumes, alongside live vignettes and music performed by Kempson and collaborators. Past performers return to guide tours, surfacing memories and connecting narrative artifacts that have stretched across the seasons and years. Artist Maria Baranova-Suzuki’s videos, Paula Court’s photographs, and Tei Blow’s soundscapes provide rich visual and sonic documentation of these past events. Astrological guide Omie Johnson shares her solstice readings, illuminating the themes and imagery that contributed to Kempson’s scripts and concepts for each Shout.

Each day looks back on a year’s cycle of the Shouts: December 19 focuses on Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter of 2016; December 20 emphasizes the seasons of 2017; and December 21 highlights the current year and Winter Solstice of 2018. The beginning of winter is a reminder of the important shift from darkness towards light, and will be celebrated with a bell-ringing ceremony at the exact moment of Solstice on Friday, December 21 at 5:23 pm EST.

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About the Artist
Sibyl Kempson is a playwright, director, and performer, and is the 2018 recipient of the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for an American Playwright in Mid-career. She founded 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. in 2015. Her plays have been presented in New York City, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Omaha, Bonn, and Austin. She is a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2013–14 McKnight National Resident and Commissionee, a 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, and a graduate of New Dramatists, Class of 2017.

Performers
Sarah Willis
Dee Dorcas Beasnael
Brandon Alex Oakes
Jodi Melnick
Elke Luyten
Kira Alker
Omie Johnson
Donna Brickwood

Singers
Alexis Powell
Camille Harris
Milica Paranosic

Musicians
Camille Harris
Johnny Gasper
Wayne Tucker

Collaborators
Tei Blow: sound design
Suzanne Bocanegra: costume design
Darlene Farris-LaBar: seed and flower sculpture design
Omie Johnson: astrological dramaturgy
Kira Alker and Elke Luyten: choreography
Jodi Melnick: choreography
Amanda Villalobos: installation design
Molly Zimmelman: stage management

Production Assistance
Leonie Bell: assistant stage management
Johnny Gasper: sound assistance and band leader
Theodora Lang: costume assistance
Lillian White, Kat Moritz, Nora Daly: production assistance

12 Shouts Docents
Kira Alker
Rolls Andre
Jed Bark
Dee Dorcas Beasnael
Lynn Bechtold
Leonie Bell
James Benson
Maria Camia
Tymberly Canale
Woo Jae Chung
Hye Young Chyun
Darlene Farris-LaBar
Anne Gridley
Camille Harris
Greta Hartenstein
Eleanor Hutchins
Oceana James
Robert M Johanson
Sibyl Kempson
Danielle Levy
Molly Lieberman
Mo Lioce
Elke Luyten
Jodi Melnick
Tavish Miller
Brandon Alex Oakes
Milica Paranosic
Max Pollack
Victoria Roberts-Wierzbowkski
Kourtney Rutherford
Sarah Scholl
Mioi Takeda
Jay Wegman
Jessica Weinstein
Sarah Willis

Special thanks to Mount Tremper Arts.

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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