EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS
(A Record Album Interpretation)
The Wooster Group channels a 1976 LP recorded by the Sisters of the United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Maine, and finds inspiration for a series of dances.
May 17 – June 15, 2014
The Performing Garage
33 Wooster Street, Manhattan
Tickets on sale soon!
EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS features performances of all twenty tracks from side A of the album sung by Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand and Suzzy Roche. The performers use in-ear audio feeds to channel the tone and inflection of the Shaker singers. Complementing the songs are dances created by the Group. They are composed of simple patterns inspired by the surviving fragments of the ecstatic dance that characterized the Shakers’ worship services. For the dances, the singers are joined by Modesto Jimenez, Bobby McElver, Bebe Miller and Andrew Schneider. Kate Valk narrates from the album liner notes.