AMOC, hailed by the New York Times as “blindingly impressive... preternaturally talented,” returns to the American Repertory Theater for its third Run AMOC! Festival with three critically-acclaimed original productions. Don’t miss your chance to see the Boston premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s visceral chamber opera EL CIMARRÓN, featuring a stellar, four-musician ensemble that includes bass-baritone DAVÓNE TINES, with direction by ZACK WINOKUR, in their first theatrical appearance in Cambridge after the knock-out success of THE BLACK CLOWN; the return of the other-worldly and radically intimate CAGE, featuring the unmatchable pianist CONOR HANICK; and a second chance to see last year’s sold-out production of WITH CARE, created by BOBBI JENE SMITH in collaboration with KEIR GOGWILT.
“spellbinding…a true ensemble performance” - Financial Times
“a searing portrait of a man sizing up slavery in all forms” - Musical America
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 | 8:00 PM | FARKAS HALL
Music by HANS WERNER HENZE
Libretty by HANS MAGNUS ENZENSBERGER based on the autobiography of ESTEBAN MONTEJO as related to Miguel Barnet
DAVÓNE TINES, bass-baritone
EMI FERGUSON, flute
JONNY ALLEN, percussion
JORDAN DODSON, guitar
ZACK WINOKUR, director
JOHN TORRES, lighting designer
CARLOS SOTO, costume designer
Hans Werner Henze's chamber opera El Cimarrón (The Runaway Slave) is a tour-de-force sonic onslaught based on the oral autobiography of Esteban Montejo, an Afro-Cuban slave who escaped bondage on a sugar plantation, survived in the jungle, fought for Cuban independence from Spain, and lived to tell about it all before dying at the age of 113. Henze's visceral score is a cry for freedom that transcends time and place. El Cimarrón premiered in May 2019 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of AMOC soprano Julia Bullock’s season as Artist-in-Residence at the museum.
“the best instrumental concert I have seen all year by virtue of its rethinking of the basics of what a recital might be” - The New York Times
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 | 6:30 PM | LOEB EXPERIMENTAL THEATER
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 | 6:30 PM | LOEB EXPERIMENTAL THEATER
(seating is limited, please buy early)
Music by JOHN CAGE
Conceived by ZACK WINOKUR and CONOR HANICK
CONOR HANICK, piano
JULIA EICHTEN, dance & choreography
Lauded after its 2018 Run AMOC! premiere as “the best instrumental concert I have seen all year” by David Allen in The New York Times, Conor Hanick (“brilliant…effortlessly elegant,” The New Yorker; “defies human description,” Concerto Net) returns to The Loeb Ex to perform the entirety of John Cage’s epochal Sonatas and Interludes, a hugely influential set of pieces inspired by Indian philosophy and written for prepared piano. Directed by Zack Winokur, this radically intimate experience is a Cageian collaboration between outerworldly pianistic expression, light, and dance.
“WITH CARE poses [questions] of… how we relate with and care for each other in an injurious world; how we love and accommodate and seek slivers of solace when true understanding remains impossible… so eloquently did they probe the struggle between presentation of an ideal form and the fallibilities of flesh.”
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 | 8:00 PM | FARKAS HALL
Created by BOBBI JENE SMITH in collaboration with KEIR GOGWILT
YIANNIS LOGOTHETIS and BOBBI JENE SMITH, dancers
MIRANDA CUCKSON and KEIR GOGWILT, violinists
with original music by MATTHEW AUCOIN
With Care, a visceral, moving work for two dancers (Bobbi Jene Smith, former star of the Batsheva Dance Company, and Yiannis Logothetis) and two violinists (Keir GoGwilt and Miranda Cuckson), makes its return to Cambridge after a sold-out run at the 2018 Run AMOC! Festival. Building on the cross-disciplinary work of A Study on Effort (“chilling, thrilling rawness” – The New York Times), With Care investigates the dynamics of caregiving, carelessness, and loss through a theatrical fusion of dance, music, and spoken word. With Care is a co-commission of ODC Theater, San Francisco and AMOC.