Untitled Work for Voice

Premiere: Danspace Project, February 2018

“What have we seen and heard? A series of visual and sonic bagatelles, like charms on a psychoanalytic bracelet. We give ourselves up to this exploration, to this arena where the personal meets the political meets the impulse to claim musical theater as folklore.” – The Village Voice


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Untitled Work for Voice is a backstage musical; a show about a show whose production is never seen in completion. Five performers breathe sound and form into space, causing histories and narratives to appear and rupture. Singing bodies give way to vibration, unravelling the tightly choreographed music of American desire.

I will define my “we,” as the inheritors of white America, with our interwoven histories of coercion, direct compliance, and passive complicity: 

Are we capable of embodying a narrative, which acknowledges genocide, enslavement, dominance and appropriation as a basis for everything we know?  What would this feel and sound like?  How can we implicate our cultural patterns of yearning, catharsis, and individualism in order to forge an illicit future?  This multifaceted “theater of the singing body” is in search of a new expressive landscape.

Created and Performed by Marisa Clementi, Pareena Lim, Emily Moore, Jules Skloot and Tatyana Tenenbaum; Original Songs by Tatyana Tenenbaum; Costume Design by Claire Fleury; Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann

Context Pieces/Interviews 

Link to Full Documentation (pw: voice)