Wednesday, December 12, 2018

International Contemporary Ensemble: Julia Bullock in "Perle Noire" Jan. 16 & 17

Julia Bullock

International Contemporary Ensemble

New York, NY (December 12, 2018) — The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) announces their spring 2019 season concerts. Engagements this spring include performances of Tyshawn Sorey’s Perle Noire: Meditations For Joséphine featuring rising soprano Julia Bullock at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miller Theatre Composer Portraits of Wang Lu and Tyshawn Sorey, three performances at the 2019 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, and Silent Voices: Lovestate with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at The New Victory Theater in NYC. The Ensemble also continues its partnerships with the New York Public Library and Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology throughout the spring.

The International Contemporary Ensemble opens its 2019 spring season with two performances of Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine on Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:00pm at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Described by The New York Times as "one of the most important works of art yet to emerge from the era of Black Lives Matter," the work is composed by Tyshawn Sorey with texts by poet Claudia Rankine, both MacArthur Fellows. Soprano Julia Bullock, MetLiveArts 2018-19 Artist in Residence, inhabits the body of a reimagined Joséphine Baker on the steps of The Met's Great Hall in this darker, more intimate consideration of the life and legacy of the famous singer, activist, and cultural icon. Perle Noire was funded through First Page, ICE's Commissioning Program, with lead support provided by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. The production is conceived by Peter Sellars and directed by Zack Winokur with choreography by Michael Schumacher.

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