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Sibyl Kempson: 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens: Spring Equinox

Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

The ninth Shout in this cycle of twelve rituals celebrates the Vernal Equinox and signals the beginning of the third year of the project. The start of spring and the exact balance of night and day is marked at 12:15 pm EDT on March 20, 2018. There will be four performances throughout the afternoon at 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm.

In the Museum’s theater, audience members are invited to move rhythmically to music composed by the artist Milica Paranosic, in preparation for a futuristic seed-planting ceremony in a familiar subterranean chamber. Flashes of red from deep in the Earth encourage us to take action in calling forth new life. As the threshold of spring is crossed, the air warms, conjuring fertility and prosperity, in anticipation for the approaching season of growth.

Performance times: 
12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm
Doors open at 30 minutes prior to each start time. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 members, students and seniors). Capacity is limited. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

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About the Artists

Sibyl Kempson is a playwright, director, and performer, and a 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow. 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, TX. She is a graduate of New Dramatists, Class of '17, a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2013–14 McKnight National Resident and Commissionee.

Dee Dorcas Beasnael
Hye Young Chyun
Helga Davis
Camille Harris
Oceana James
Robert M. Johanson
Sibyl Kempson
Jodi Melnick
Oscar Noriega
Max Pollak
Shelly Watson
Sarah Willis

Milica Paranosic: musical composition and sound environment
Tei Blow and Johnny Gasper: sound design
Suzanne Bocanegra: costume design
Omie Johnson: astrological dramaturgy
Darlene Farris Labar: seed design
Amanda Villalobos: installation design
Molly Zimmelman: stage management

Production Assistance
Ashley Chen: installation assistance

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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