Lincoln Center presents "Bang on a Can: 25 Years" at Alice Tully Hall on April 28, 2012. The performances included:
Gamelan Galak Tika perfoming Evan Ziporyn "Tire Fire"
Bang on a Can All-Stars with Mira Calix, Christian Marclay and NIck Zammuto performing "Field Recordings (2012)
Credit: Stephanie Berger
Steel Hammer – Julia Wolfe, SITI Company and Bang on a Can All-Stars
Julia Wolfe, SITI Company and Bang on a Can All-Stars
Friday, November 20, 2015 | 7:30PM; Doors at 6:30PM
Saturday, November 21, 2015 | 7:30PM; Doors at 6:30PM
115 minutes, no intermission
Appropriate for ages 13 and older
“astonishingly compelling” – The Washington Post
Appalachian folklore has immortalized the legend of John Henry, the steel-driving man, through song, illustration and tall tale since the 1870s. In Steel Hammer, Julia Wolfe (2015 Music Pulitzer Prize winning composer) joins forces with SITI Company and Bang on a Can All Stars to present a dramatic music-theater piece that creatively explores the subject of human vs. machine and the cost of hard labor on the human body and soul. Culling from the vibrant oral traditions of Appalachia, Steel Hammer incorporates lyrics by Julia Wolfe and text from four remarkable American playwrights – Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux and Regina Taylor – based on hearsay, recollection and legend.
At OZ Arts, the audience intimately surrounds a circular stage as the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Wolfe’s score. Directed by Anne Bogart, performers take on wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, step dancing and complex patterns for stage tableaux as they explore the human impulse to tell stories through this quintessential American tale.
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