Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015
I hate jazz. Or, to be more precise, I hate the word "jazz." It's one of those words that is imprecise at best, and grossly misused at worst. Jazz stretches in every direction, from Duke Ellington to Sunday brunch, incorporating everything from some of the most precise and moving music ever made, to intentionally neutered aural wallpaper. This is why Met Museum Presents doesn't have a designated jazz series, even though we do, in fact, present many artists whose work is classified under the "jazz" rubric.
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Even during a casual stroll through The American Wing, the volume of stories, history, and historical context of the artworks found in this department's collection is staggering. Encompassing art from the seventeenth century through to the 1930s, and across the mediums of painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and period rooms, there are thousands of potential plays that could come from these galleries.
As a theater company, The Civilians creates work from a central investigation, often through conducting interviews. For the final performance of our Met residency, The Way They Live, premiering May 15 and 16 in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, we were invited to explore The American Wing. This meant we could turn those casual strolls through the Met's American Wing into interviews held with both the staff and the public, which would then be brought together to create a broader conversation between present-day America and the artworks. There were many compelling questions that could guide this conversation between the people who fill the Museum and the art itself, but the most obvious question was also the strongest—we wanted to talk about what it means to be American.
Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This morning Met Museum Presents announced our new season of performance and talks at the Met. Because we call the Met home, we get to reinvent what performance means at the Museum each season, and we are continuing to lead with curiosity and innovation through powerful performances, new commissions, and fearless artists, all taking the many spaces across the Metropolitan Museum as inspiration for a vibrant season. Next season we continue to present "only at the Met" experiences—singular performances and events that entice you to take in the "where" as well as the "what." The upcoming season pretty much proves that there is no normal, no static model, and no predetermined series.
I'm excited to share a few highlights of our upcoming programs, and I hope that you will join us for an incredible 2015–16 season.
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Last spring when Met Museum Presents announced it had chosen, for the first time ever, a theater company as the Artist in Residence during the 2014–15 season, there was a lot of buzz about how the Museum's collection would translate into theater—and especially how an edgy, Brooklyn-based theater company like The Civilians would fit in at an institution like the Met.
Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
This morning, Director Thomas P. Campbell announced the 2014–15 season of performances and talks at the Met programmed by Concerts and Lectures General Manager, Limor Tomer. The third year of Met Museum Presents programming by Tomer, this new season will include groundbreaking commissions, New York premieres, and adventurous performances in iconic galleries—something our audiences have come to expect at the Met. A thrilling "new normal."
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Three days into a weeklong series of rehearsals, choreographer John Heginbotham had already created seven minutes of choreography for Fly By Wire, a ten-minute, site-specific performance that will premiere at the Metropolitan Museum on February 20. The piece will be a highlight of the evening-length program Twinned, and will be performed in the Museum's Charles Engelhard Court by his young company, Dance Heginbotham, alongside the Met's artists in residence, Alarm Will Sound. The program features an original score by contemporary composer Tyondai Braxton, as well as music by Aphex Twin and Edgard Varèse.
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
This year's Artist in Residence program brings Alarm Will Sound, one of the most creative ensembles working today, to the Met. Just beyond the cutting edge of music, dance, and theater, this hugely respected and highly accomplished group of performer-composers turns its collective imagination for one year to the Met's permanent collection and galleries.