New York

Meredith Monk/The House

La Mama Annex

Quarry is the most recent of Meredith Monk/The House’s mixed-media events, revolving around Monk as the quarry mining herself for self-knowledge, and Monk as the quarried prey, a powerless reagent for others’ preoccupations. She plays a child, which was her final transformation in an earlier piece, Education of the GirIchild. The House is Monk’s 10-member performing group, which, in this event, was augmented by 30 additional performers. Together they premiered this 90-minute piece subtitled “an opera in three acts,” blending speech, song, organ, bicycle bells, dance, ritual movement, mime, props, lighting effect, and film, with a sense of the fantastic akin in spirit to that first great choreographer, the Elizabethan Inigo Jones.

The La Mama Annex performance space is about the size and shape of a regulation basketball court, and presented a symmetrical view to the audience ranged around

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