The Wooster Group revives its musical inspired by the 1976 LP recorded by the Sisters of the Shaker Community, giving a new live performance of their songs. More…
'Early Shaker Spirituals' returns to an artistic practice that the Wooster Group has used throughout its history: working with record albums as source material for original productions. The piece also investigates the Shakers, a millenarian, celibate, communitarian sect. In 1980, Elizabeth LeCompte, Kate Valk, and other members of the company visited the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community and met with Sister R. Mildred Barker. Around that time, the company first began listening to the record album that forms the basis for this new piece.
See it if Wooster Group dials back its usual hyperkinetics for a simple aesthetic Presenting Shaker society thru its music & movement A profound 1 hr
Don't see it if Lack of drama or storyline may trouble (even bore) but the spiritual simplicity of the piece wins one over The five women ensemble shines
See it if ...you are interested in American history, or spirituality, or folk music or dance, or experimental theater.
Don't see it if ...you get antsy: the piece begins in stillness & remains "low energy" for some time before breaking out into great joy.
See it if Want to see/hear something different, short, and get an idea of what these spirituals are all about.
Don't see it if I think one either love this or hates this. Interesting to "see" a staging of a musical album for historic purposes.
See it if You want to bring the memory of the extinct female Shaker community alive through an exploration of simplicity.
Don't see it if You can't sit through abstract theatre.
See it if You like dance, experiments in theatre, master female artists
Don't see it if You want a clear message, dialogue, dramatic action