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12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens

Friday, October 7
Elebash Recital Hall
Photo by Paula Court

Photo by Paula Court

12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens is a three-year iterative performance project presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art on twelve occasions—marking each solstice and equinox occurring between March 2016 and December 2018—creating a new ceremonial calendar and a contemporary mythology. The fourth Shout in this cycle of rituals will celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice (December 21, 2016, 5:44 am EST). Bringing into play the Whitney’s architecture and its porous relationship with the city and natural world, 12 Shouts engages the layers and cycles of historical, cultural, and geological significance of its location in the Meatpacking District.

This event is part of a performance series from 7:30pm- 9:00pm, followed by a short discussion.
Start time is approximate.

  • Sibyl Kempson

    Sibyl Kempson’s plays have been presented in the United States, Germany, and Norway. She launched the 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. in April 2015 at the Martin E. Segal Center. Current projects include 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, a 3-year cycle of rituals for the new Whitney Museum of American Art, a new in-ear opera with David Lang for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston for 2018, to be performed by vocal group Roomful of Teeth and pianist Stephen Drury, and, with 7 Daughters of Eve: The Securely Conferred, Vouchsafed Keepsakes of Maery S./ Sasquatch Rituals at Abrons Arts Center, Mt. Tremper Arts, and at a TBD NYC venue in 2017/18. Several Ibsen adaptations and translations are in the works, as well as a resurrection of From The Pig Pile: The Requisite Guestures(s) Of Narrow Approach in Austin, New Orleans and maybe NYC.

  • 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co.
    Photo by Paula Court

    7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. was founded in April 2015 by playwright Sibyl Kempson, and was launched from the Martin E. Segal Center. Our first production, Kempson’s Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, premiered in the Underground Theater at Abrons Arts Center in the same month and is now published by 53rd State Press. Named for Brian Sykes’ genealogical theory of mitochondrial DNA, which posits that we are all descended along matrilineal lines from a very small number of original mothers, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr & Perf. Co. unearths and contemplates – in contexts of live performance, ritual and installation – places in human and non-human history where science, religion, and feminism intersect. Our primary guiding principles are to intuitively uncover new narrative structures, locating the signals and patterns of a deeper order than that of the strictly logical, to interrogate perceptions of the civilized in relation to ideas and preconceptions of the barbaric, the sacred, the profane, the true, the ordinary, and the in/animate; to multiply possibilities of meaning, foster imaginative practice in all participants of a performance event, inviting all to exercise alternate ways of knowing.

    December 21, 5:44 am

    March 20, 6:29 am
    June 21, 12:24 am
    September 22, 4:02 pm
    December 21, 11:28 am
    March 20, 12:15 pm
    June 21, 6:07 am
    September 22, 9:54 pm
    December 21, 5:23 pm