“A gut punch... nothing short of life itself: by turns hopeful, funny, surprising, and tragic”—The New York Times
Dancer Wendy Whelan, one of the stars of the New York City Ballet, is widely considered one of the world’s leading ballerinas. World-renowned, avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser, has been described as “a force of nature” by The Boston Globe and a “rock star” by Rolling Stone. Together with iconic modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, they have joined forces to create an evocative, bold, highly collaborative new work entitled THE DAY. A meditation on two journeys—the mortal passage of time, followed by the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul—THE DAY explores universal themes not easily grappled with—memory, aging, death and the survival of the soul—through the lens of mundane daily calendar appointments and the visceral, poetic languages of music and dance.
Please note that there will be no late seating for this performance.
THE DAY was conceived by Maya Beiser.
THE DAY was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
THE DAY was co-commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jacob's Pillow; The Joyce Theater; and Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA; and was supported, in part, by the Inaugural Artist Fellowship at The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Artist Residency Center. Substantial development support was provided by LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts and Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston, with additional support from Baryshnikov Arts Center. THE DAY was supported in part by a Fay Chandler Faculty Creativity Grant from the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.
Funds for the CAP UCLA presentation provided by Deborah Irmas and the Merle & Peter Mullin Endowment for the Performing Arts.