Meredith Monk to Speak and Present

Meredith Monk

Renowned composer, singer, interdisciplinary performance artist and Sarah Lawrence alumna Meredith Monk will present a piece from her Plateau series of dances on May 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in the Bessie Schöenberg Dance Theatre in the Performing Arts Center at Sarah Lawrence College.

Plateau No. 3, an integration of movement, voice and image aims to evoke the mood and ambiance of a particular landscape inspired by Monk's time in the American Southwest. The student performance of the piece is the result of a spring, interdisciplinary class presented by the dance faculty, entitled “Performance Project: Meredith Monk’s ‘Plateau’,” led by visiting artists Andrea Goodman and Ellen Fisher, members of Monk’s house company. Reconstructed by Goodman and Fisher, Plateau no. 3 will feature students from across the curriculum.

During her 35-year career, Monk has earned a reputation as a ground-breaking artist, exploring the voice as instrument and pioneering interdisciplinary technique in performance work. In this time, Monk has earned numerous prestigious awards, including the MacArthur "Genius" Award in 1995, two Guggenheim Fellowships and the 1992 Dance Magazine Award, among many more. Her film, Book of Days is currently on exhibit at the Whitney Museum Biennial.

According to her website, “Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception.”

The performance is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information on either event, or to make reservations for the performance, please call the Dance program at (914) 395-2433.