Mark your calendars now! Major group performances are set for New York City, Cambridge, and Burlington this season as a Ariel Artists unveils its new “Four Quartets: Variations” program for late November and early December.
“Four Quartets: Variations,” revolving around T. S. Eliot’s inimitable sequence Four Quartets, is a theatrical, musical and poetic tour de force. Moored by the performances of four vocalizing actors and four poets interacting with excerpted and remixed text of Eliot’s Four Quartets, the project also features byways into performance sets by Iktus (percussion quartet) and The Guidonian Hand (trombone quartet) which expand the musical reaches and correspondences of the poem. Emphasizing the profundity and structural revelations of Eliot’s book-length text, the actors and musicians surround the poets’ recitations with extended techniques of all varieties, from improbable instrumental sounds to extremes of vocal and improvisatory production, letting the text re-echo in time past, time present, and time future. Fare forward, voyagers.
The performance in Cambridge, Mass., will feature the incredible Bryant Park Quartet in place of Iktus. Poets will vary with each performance, but overall will include Jon Woodward, Oni Buchanan, R. Dwayne Betts, Thalia Field, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Major Jackson, Katie Ford, and Cathy Park Hong.
Actors include Marya Lowry, Phil Timberlake, Corianna Moffatt, and Nate Speare.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND DETAILS:
November 28, 2011
Featuring Artists: Bryant Park Quartet, Jon Woodward, Oni Buchanan, R. Dwayne Betts, Thalia Field, Nate Speare, Corianna Moffatt, Phil Timberlake, Marya Lowry, The Guidonian Hand
$15 adv/$20 door ($10 student)
November 30, 2011
Featuring Artists: The Guidonian Hand, Oni Buchanan, Nate Speare, Corianna Moffatt, Phil Timberlake, Marya Lowry, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Major Jackson, Jon Woodward, Iktus Percussion Quartet
Where: University of Vermont, Davis Center
December 2, 2011
Featuring Artists: The Guidonian Hand, Katie Ford, Jon Woodward, Cathy Park Hong, Oni Buchanan, Nate Speare, Corianna Moffatt, Phil Timberlake, Marya Lowry, Iktus Percussion Quartet
Where: The Tank
New York, New York