VEIL: Two Sisters, by Cynthia Berkshire
VEIL: Two Sisters, a multimedia performance two years in development, including travel to India, reveals two sisters lured into a link between the earthly and heavenly realms. As one sister calls forth the other from death, a poignant vision of our emotional and psychic lives is revealed.
Berkshire’s work is distinctive, with a blending of realistic and abstract gesture and phrasing. Progressing with a sense of both unraveling and holding back, a simplicity expands into motion and emotion as circles, white flowing fabric, falling marigolds and a mysterious chorus of spirits accompany the reunion of two sisters and their process of forgiveness.
A gifted team of collaborators reunite in VEIL. Cynthia has previously worked in the studio with each of the five performers in a variety of projects, including studying Shorin Ryu Karate. The performers are joined by visual designers Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty, with whom Cynthia performed in their Why Why Always production at Abrons Art Center, 2017. This is her first project with lighting designer Philip Sandstrom and musician Skip LaPlante.
performed by: Adriane Erdos, Krista Jansen, Victoria Murphy, Yumiko Niimi, Nicole Touzien
Accompanying the performance is a series of four creative movement workshops, free and open to the public. Group material will be incorporated into the piece, and some participants will join the performance. Lani Miller, NY Insight meditation teacher, will co-lead one session.