"Isn't it imperative / to cross the sea / to cross the street / this time around / to go straight to the wound / and do not touch." (from the libretto)
The multiethnic, multilingual cast of The Commons Choir sets humanity’s troubles and highest aspirations to complex musical harmonies and choreographic movement that honors the individuality of each performer. The company’s new work, mayday heyday parfait, explores the human capacity for empathy across difference—from the violent colonial history that brought us to where we are now, to a way forward where individuals follow their own paths yet maintain their connection to others. Combining song, dance, and poetry, mayday heyday parfait illuminates how our stories and histories are irrevocably interdependent.
General Admission: Seated
Daria Faïn: Co-director and choreographer
Robert Kocik: Co-director and librettist
Darius Jones: Composer
Anaïs Maviel Composer & Musical Director
Tuce Yasak: Light Designer
AshakaGivens: Costume Design
Eternal Polk: Video Design
Dov Tiefenback: Sound Design
Saúl Ulerio: Assistant choreographer
Martita Abril, Massimiliano Balduzzi, Ilona Bito, Yoon Sun Choi, Lydia Chrisman, Ichi Go, Alvaro Gonzales Dupuy, Antígona González, Michael Ingle, Aram Jibilian, Anaïs Maviel, Jean Carla Rodea, Saúl Ulerio, Drew Devero, Cecilia Woolfolk, Laura Colomban, and Fay Victor.
And The Improbable Choir, a group of people gathered through community classes at BRIC. More information coming soon!
Marýa Wethers: Project Consultant
Sarah Raichenback: Production Manager
Danniel Shoonebeek: Administrative assistant
Nancy Zhong: Intern
Led by choreographer Daria Faïn and poet Robert Kocik, The Commons Choir collectively sets our humanity's troubles and highest ideals to song, movement, and spoken word. Using a collective creative process, the Choir uses voice and movement as links between art, health, and social change.
The Commons Choir asks "Am I not another you?" Using a collective, multi-lingual creative process the Choir works with sound, symbol, syllable, song, movement, history, personal identity, genealogy, energetics presence, policy and commonality performed at impossible angles that might break (or at least continue to bend) the vicious cycles of fear and bigotry to build upon our well-beings.
For the Fall 2017, The Commons Choir is participating in a BRIClab Residency to further the development of the piece and which will culminate in the premiere of mayday heyday parfait in November at BRIC House. You can support the continued development of mayday heyday parfait by contributing to its Kickstarter campaign.