New York

Meredith Monk

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) | Peter Jay Sharp Building

This performance revives a 1973 piece by Meredith Monk; little has been done to enhance the work since its initial conception. Given the amount of pioneering work that Monk has done since then the results were necessarily disappointing, for the richness of Quarry (her last performance at the B.A.M.) is sadly lacking in this piece. Education of the Girlchild focuses, as does Quarry, on events in the life of a single female child and her decisions and involvement in life-shattering events. The rich and cataclysmic occurrences in Quarry are presented on much simpler terms here, but the same vague scenes that added to the later performance obscure a much simpler storyline in Girlchild.

Family dinners, summer excursions to the sea and scholastic pressures abound in vignettes about Monk and her female family. Convulsing with girlish laughter, the children struggle for composure at the table under

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