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Meredith Monk’s “Cellular Songs” At Brooklyn Academy Of Music

Those who like to combine pop culture with classical practice might find something of a younger Alanis Morissette in Meredith Monk.  Drawing her strength from within, she intones.  Silence is as important as the sound, as the tone dips and builds.  Monk sings, “Oh, I’m a thinking woman, I’m a thinking woman.”  She is in the moment, present, and recognized.

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A Conversation With Gia Forakis, Theatre And Opera Director

My aesthetic as a stage director is built first on a desire to create an experience that captures the poetic nature of the human condition. It’s a desire to connect with something larger than our sense of self, something sacred. And that’s what I see as the beauty of the theatre. In terms of the expression of that desire, my process is to bring to life a very visual, theatrical, and specific life on stage that illuminates increments of thought as components of physical action, which is how I articulate the methodology of One-Thought-One-Action.

The beauty of OTOA is that if you want to, you can use it almost like the cinematic process of editing film where one can compose one frame of action at a time. It’s how the text supports the physical actions on stage so that even if you could turn off the sound of the actors, the viewer would still get the story being told through the visual embodiment of thought as physical action.

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