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Inspired by Sarah M. Greer's trip to the Canary Islands, “Between: a Journey through the Middle” is a singing conversation that celebrates individual journeys. Tonight’s program features vocalists Sarah M. Greer, Aimee K. Bryant, Bruce A. Henry, Libby Turner Opanga and drummer Nathan J. Greer. It was recorded live at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, and produced for KFAI by Tom Garneau.
“Over the new year in 2010, I traveled to Tenerife one of the Canary Islands. I found myself on this island between Africa and North America and I felt very connected and disconnected to this place at the same time. I was interested in that tension, what was going on between those two emotions. I realized this sensation was familiar, yet unexamined. I began to envision a piece created with other singers where I could reflect on that experience,” says Sarah M. Greer.
Three years later, Sarah developed BETWEEN: A Journey Through the Middle. All of the movements in BETWEEN are improvised in some way; some pieces use a set text or recurring melody, but in all of them, the ensemble discovers and develops the “final” pieces on stage in front of the audience.
“I wanted this to be a work about celebrating tensions and transitions and about how to move forward when we cannot always see the road ahead. And, I wanted to study how we move forward with others who are also navigating their own edges and traveling through their own changes. These are the gifts of improvisation.”
June 25, 2014
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