EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS

A Record Album Interpretation

Suzzy Roche in The Wooster Group's EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS

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In EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS, The Wooster Group channels the 1976 LP of the same name recorded by the Sisters of the Shaker Community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, giving a new live rendering to their songs and finding inspiration for a series of dances.

EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS returns to an artistic practice that the Group has used throughout its history: working with record albums as source material for original productions, among them HULA (1981) and L.S.D. (…JUST THE HIGH POINTS…) (1984). The piece also expresses the Group’s long-standing interest in the Shakers, a millenarian, celibate, communitarian sect. In 1980, Elizabeth LeCompte, Kate Valk and other members of the company visited the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community and met with Sister R. Mildred Barker. Around that time, the company first began listening to the record album that forms the basis for this piece.

Upcoming Performances

Paris

Festival d’Automne à Paris
Centre Pompidou
September 28 – October 1, 2016
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This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership
with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Production Credits

EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS
A RECORD ALBUM INTERPRETATION

With Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, Bebe Miller, Suzzy Roche, and Matthew Brown, Modesto Flako Jimenez, Bobby McElver, Jamie Poskin, and Andrew Schneider

Director: Kate Valk
Set: Elizabeth LeCompte & Jim Clayburgh
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton & Ryan Seelig
Costumes: Enver Chakartash with Naomi Raddatz & Christine Stevenson (2014)
Sound: Bobby McElver & Max Bernstein
Production Manager: Emily Rea
Stage Manager: Erin Mullin
Technical Directors: Bill Kennedy (2014-May 2015) & Eric Dyer (May 2015-)
Assistant Director: Jamie Poskin
Assistant to the Director (2014): Eleanor Bishop
Special thanks to Lisa Townsend. Stools donated by Sawkille.


Production History

2012 November-December: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS rehearsals at The Performing Garage
2013 January, March 4-8, & April 4-10: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS rehearsals at The Performing Garage
2013 April 11-12: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS invited open rehearsals at The Performing Garage
2013 May 20-25: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS rehearsals and invited open rehearsal (May 25) at The Performing Garage
2014 May 17-June 15: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at The Performing Garage
2015 January 21-February 1: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at REDCAT in Los, Angeles, California
2015 February 5-8: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at Z Space in San Francisco, California
2015 April 23-May 4: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn
2015 May 28-31: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at Theatre Studio, deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
2015 December 22-23: EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at the Sound Live Tokyo festival, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan. This engagement was supported by The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.