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Performing Arts Series to present multimedia work, ‘Mercy’
Miami’s Performing Arts Series will present "Mercy" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Hall Auditorium.
Vocalist, composer and performer Meredith Monk and installation artist and sculptor Ann Hamilton created the piece. Both are recipients of MacArthur "genius" fellowships in recognition of their groundbreaking work.
Monk describes "Mercy" as a true collaboration, a challenging balance of the two artists’ sensibilities. Monk performs in the production with seven core cast members and two instrumentalists.
The piece was inspired by an incident in which a Palestinian father and his son were caught in crossfire between Israeli and Palestinian soldiers on the West Bank. Despite efforts to shield his son, the father was wounded and the son killed.
The event set Monk to thinking about compassion and the lack of it in today’s world, an issue with special resonance in view of the terrorist attacks in the United States. "I think art really has the capacity to heal," she says. "We’re living in a culture that encourages diversion, lack of focus and instant gratification instead of community, compassion and continuity. Art can be an antidote."
A multimedia work that redefines the relationship between visual and performing arts, "Mercy" debuted at the Durham, N.C., American Dance Festival, which commissioned it in July. In addition to the Oxford performance, the work will be performed on a national tour.
The PAS production is sponsored by Pamela Fox and Dan Layman and WOXY, 97X. Kathleen Johnson (Eng-lish) will lead a free pre-performance discussion at 6:30 p.m. in the greenroom of Hall Auditorium. Monk will be on hand for a post-performance discussion moderated by Sally Harrison-Pepper (interdisciplinary studies) also to be held in the greenroom.
Tickets to the performance are $9 for Miami students and youth, $16 for senior citizens and $18 for other adults. For tickets or more information, call the Miami box office at 9-3200.
Date Published: 10/11/2001