RUN AMOC! FESTIVAL AT A.R.T.

 

INAUGURAL FESTIVAL: American Repertory Theater / Cambridge, MA
December 15-18, 2017

2017 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

A STUDY ON EFFORT
Harvard Dance Center | December 15 & 17

A Study on Effort explores connections between sound, body and duration. An hour-long dialogue between dancer BOBBI JENE SMITH and violinist KEIR GOGWILT, the piece transposes different physical and emotional tasks between music and movement. Efforts are supported and transformed in the exchange between gesture and sound, finding pleasure at the boundaries of the two artistic disciplines.

CAGE MATCH
OBERON | December 16

Violinists MIRANDA CUCKSON and KEIR GOGWILT face off in duets by Telemann, Donatoni, and Wolff; countertenor ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO goes head to head with ZACK WINOKUR in Scene III of Monteverdi’s Poppea; and MATTHEW AUCOIN faces fellow pianist CONOR HANICK in masterpieces of the four-hands repertoire and a new piece of his own.

WERE YOU THERE
Loeb Drama Center | December 18

A theatrical piece in which hymns, spirituals, songs, and audience participation come together in a multimedia meditation on the lives of black men and women lost in police killings over the past year.


2018 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

BACH FLUTE SONATAS AND PRELUDES
Horner Room at the Agassiz Theater | December 15 & 16

Featuring flutist EMI FERGUSON, RUCKUS,
and special guest STEPHEN STUBBS

Fresh off of their first recording collaboration, widely acclaimed flutist EMI FERGUSON (“dazzling…irresistibly vital,” Portland Press Herald; “wonderful,” New York Times) is joined by the continuo band RUCKUS ("superb," Opera News; "rough-edged intensity," The New Yorker) with special guest and Stephen Stubbs, Artistic Co-Director of the Boston Early Music Festival, in a wild technicolor romp through one of Bach’s most playful and transcendent sets of work. Don't miss your chance to experience this special preview of never-before-heard arrangements to be released in Spring 2019.

CAGE 
The Ex at the Loeb Theater | December 15 & 16

CONOR HANICK, piano

AMOC pianist CONOR HANICK (“defies human description,” Concerto Net; “brilliant… effortlessly elegant,” The New Yorker) plays 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, in the Loeb Ex.

AMOC IN CONCERT
Horner Room at the Agassiz Theater | December 15 & 16

Featuring
JONNY ALLEN, percussionist
PAUL APPLEBY, tenor (16th only)
MATTHEW AUCOIN, pianist
DOUG BALLIETT, bassist
JAY CAMPBELL, cellist
MIRANDA CUCKSON, violinist
JULIA EICHTEN, dancer-choreographer (15th only)
KEIR GOGWILT, violinist
CONOR HANICK, pianist
COLEMAN ITZKOFF, cellist

AMOC artists perform two programs featuring their newest collaborations, as well as music composed by AMOC Co-Artistic Director and 2018 MacArthur Fellow MATTHEW AUCOIN.

December 15
MATTHEW AUCOIN Dual (Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Doug Balliett, bass)
IANNIS XENAKIS Rebonds A and B (Jonny Allen, percussion; Julia Eichten, dance)
ANDY AKIHO 21 (Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Jonny Allen, percussion)
ERIC WUBBELS Gretchen am Spinnrade (Jay Campbell, cello; Conor Hanick, piano)
MATTHEW AUCOIN With Care: Concert Duo (Miranda Cuckson & Keir GoGwilt, violins)

December 16
MATTHEW AUCOIN Dual (Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Doug Balliett, bass)
MATTHEW AUCOIN Merrill Songs (Paul Appleby, tenor; Matthew Aucoin, piano)
IANNIS XENAKIS Rebonds B (Jonny Allen, percussion)
ANDY AKIHO 21 (Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Jonny Allen, percussion)
CLAUDE DEBUSSY Cello Sonata (Jay Campbell, cello; Conor Hanick, piano)
MATTHEW AUCOIN With Care: Concert Duo (Miranda Cuckson & Keir GoGwilt, violins)

WITH CARE
The Ex at Loeb Theater | December 14 & 15

Created by BOBBI JENE SMITH in collaboration with KEIR GOGWILT
OR SCHRAIBER and BOBBI JENE SMITH, dancers
MIRANDA CUCKSON and KEIR GOGWILT, violinists
featuring original music by MATTHEW AUCOIN

Building on the cross-disciplinary work performed in A Study on Effort (“chilling, thrilling rawness,” New York Times), which was featured as part of the inaugural Run AMOC! Festival at A.R.T., BOBBI JENE SMITH and KEIR GOGWILT's newest project explores ideas of care and caregiving through music, dance, and spoken word. Conceived as a drama between two twinned characters, a caregiver and a wounded spirit, With Care is a physical investigation of vacancy, loss, and passion.

With Care is a co-commissioned production by ODC Theater, San Francisco, and AMOC.

RUN AMOC! SPECIAL PREVIEW
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA | December 13

A preview of the Run AMOC! Festival's programs in a vibrant and fun evening hosted by Co-Artistic Directors Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur.

INQUIRIES
JENNIFER CHEN / JEN@RUNNINGAMOC.ORG

 

Photo credits: Evgenia Eliseeva, Michael J Lutch, Liza Voll