“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 of mayday heyday parfait by Robert Kocik
WORLD PREMIERE mayday heyday parfait The Commons Choir Presented and co-produced by BRIC Arts Media | BRIC House Ballroom November 9-12, 2017
The Commons Choir’s latest work, mayday heyday parfait, sets humanity’s troubles and highest aspirations to song, dance, and poetry, exploring the human capacity for empathy across the elements that divide us in life. A diverse cast of 30 performers weaves a multi-layered narrative of complex musical harmonies and highly personal movements—everything from the violence of history, which has brought us to our current moment, to a way forward where individuals can follow their own paths and yet still feel their connection to others. Like the title whimsically indicates, mayday (a distress signal, call for help) heyday (a period of great success) parfait (French: perfect; layered concoction) shows how our stories and our histories are irreducible and interdependent, and that our collective force may be strong if we can find a way to undiscover ourselves and meet once again.
Soundscape by Dov Tiefenbach:
Daria Faïn: Co-director and choreographer; Robert Kocik: Co-director and librettist; Darius Jones: Composer; Anaïs Maviel: Composer & Musical; Director Tuce Yasak: Light Designer; Ashaka Givens: 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, Drew Devero, Ichi Go, Alvaro Gonzales Dupuy, Antígona González, Michael Ingle, Aram Jibilian, Anaïs Maviel, Jean Carla Rodea, Allison Sylvia, Saúl Ulerio, Fay Victor, and Cecilia Woolfolk .
Marýa Wethers: Project Consultant
Sarah Reichenbach: Production Manager
Danniel Shoonebeek: Administrative assistant
Nancy Zhong: Intern
Co-producer and presenter: BRIC Arts Media
Gibney Dance: The Commons Choir is a 2017 recipient of Dance in Process (DiP). DiP provides nuanced creative residency support for mid-career New York City-based artists by offering continuous, concentrated access to studio rehearsal space, a significant stipend, and technical and administrative resources.
Exploring the Metropolis, Inc. (EtM): The Commons Choir was a recipient of a three-month Choreographer + Composer Residency from EtM.
Brooklyn Studios for Dance (BkSD): The Commons Choir was a recipient of two-week residency at BkSD in 2016.
New Music USA, New York Foundation for the Arts, Exploring the Metropolis, and New York State Council for the Arts.
Risks and challenges
For this project, we are hoping to raise $10,000 to help pay and support the cast and crew of mayday heyday parfait, with a minimum goal of $6,000. We are grateful for the support of partners and funders who have already institutionally contributed to this campaign, including BRIC Arts Media, Gibney Dance, Exploring the Metropolis Inc, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, New Music USA, New York Foundation for the Arts, and New York State Council for the Arts.
Since The Commons Choir is composed of a massive team of performers, artists, and collaborators—more than 40 people in total—it can often be difficult to ensure that every member of our team is supported financially and artistically, especially amidst our current political climate, but we are dedicated to ensuring that these goals are met through honest, grassroots fundraising and devoting our utmost energy to making the best work of art we can create collaboratively.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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