Bark of Millions is an electrifying collision of performance, live music, and drag spectacle created by Taylor Mac, Matt Ray, and an international ensemble of performers.
Part rock opera, part reimagined pride parade, Bark of Millions gathers a community of groundbreaking artists in a four-hour party-length performance of queer history, resilience, and revelry. Co-directed by visionaries Niegel Smith and Faye Driscoll, and with the extravagance of longtime Mac collaborator Machine Dazzle’s costume design, this joyous epic is brought to life by an international ensemble of 22 artists.
Bark of Millions is a transformative and joyful experience that stages 55 original songs – one to mark each year since the landmark Stonewall Uprising – in an exploration of humanity through a queer lens. From the award-winning creative and producing teams that created the acclaimed A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, this new work is both a celebration of and a gift to the queer canon, expanding the archive for generations to come.
Bark of Millions will have its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House as part of the cultural landmark’s 50th Birthday Festival from October 18 – 20, 2023. More info & tickets here.
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In the tradition of Stop Making Sense and Homecoming, Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music is the rare concert film that leaves you feeling like you were really there. In 2016, theater superstar Mac, with 24 musicians and a team of mischief-makers, staged a 24-hour performance showcasing the popular music of every decade in American history: from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to Pansy Division, with stops along the way to unpack Stephen Foster’s minstrel songs and remake Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” as an orgy anthem. Decked out in Machine Dazzle’s astonishing costumes, Mac embodies “drag as metaphor:” a white-picket-fence marabou stole for a segment on gentrification; a wig curled around sticks of dynamite to conjure the horrors of war.
HBO Documentary Films in association with Content Superba presents
TAYLOR MAC’S 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC
a Telling Pictures / Pomegranate Arts Production
in association with Fifth Season and Nature’s Darlings.
Directed and produced by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Produced by Joel Stillerman, Linda Brumbach, Alisa E. Regas, Taylor Mac, Mari Rivera.
For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller; coordinating producer, Anna Klein.
Directors of Photography: Ellen Kuras, Bobby Bukowski, Buddy Squires
Edited by Brian Johnson, ACE
Additional Editing: Jeffrey Friedman, Brian A. Kates
Philip Glass Piano Etudes: The Complete Folios 1-20 & Essays from 20 Fellow Artists – a monumental gift for music lovers: a deluxe boxed set of Philip Glass’s most personal body of work, along with a book of essays from notable fellow artists.
Philip Glass Piano Etudes is in every way a one-of-a-kind tribute to this singular work. This deluxe boxed gift set includes the complete etudes (1–20), which have each been newly engraved, printed on oversize heavy stock, and sewn-bound into individual folios ideal for both beginner and experienced pianists, plus a hardcover book, Studies in Time, which explores Philip Glass’s music, the art of composition, and the meaning of practice through essays by Alice Waters, Angélique Kidjo, Ari Shapiro, Ira Glass, Jlin, Justin Peck, Laurie Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Pico Iyer, and more.
Published by Artisan – as seen in The New York Times!
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Over the past thirty-five years, the work of Tokyo-based company Sankai Juku has become known worldwide for its elegance, refinement, technical precision, and emotional depth. Founder Ushio Amagatsu’s contemporary Butoh creations are sublime visual spectacles and deeply moving theatrical experiences. He is one of the premiere choreographers at work in the world today.
Sankai Juku will return to North America in the fall of 2023 with KŌSA. Created in 2022, KŌSA consists of excerpts from pieces from Sankai Juku’s repertoire that have been reimagined to constitute a work in its own right. Amagatsu has built this new evening-length work in an effort to present the most essential elements of his vision: “By using no decor, only pure dance and the philosophical perception of images, I tried to bring everyone into my universe with as much curiosity as that which inhabited us at the first creation.”
The critically acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company presents a shared passion of deep sorrow and beauty in their newest evening-length work from master choreographer Ohad Naharin: MOMO. In the company’s words, “MOMO has two souls. One sends long roots to the depths of the earth—a soul that embodies archetypes and myths of hardened, raw masculinity, and the other is in a constant search for an individual and distinct DNA; one moves within its own autonomous and independent force field and the other is a constellation of elements that spin around the same nucleus—alternately drifting away and towards it, making room for necessary tenderness and catharsis.” The company performs this new work to a soundtrack from the iconic Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet’s work Landfall, with additional music by Philip Glass, Arca, and Maxim Waratt.
Philip Glass conceived The Etudes as a set of twenty works for solo piano in order to expand his piano technique. In the 1990’s Glass composed sixteen of the etudes with each taking a unique approach to the instrument. After a decade, the final four piano etudes were commissioned in celebration of Glass’ 75th birthday, premiering in their entirety in 2013. The complete collection of The Etudes are performed on one program by one to ten guest pianists in an evening of master piano works for the 21st century.
The Etudes program is currently being reimagined as an evening-length work for solo piano and contemporary dance scheduled to premiere in Fall 2023.
Monica Bill Barnes & Company has re-imagined the museum tour creating an experience that disrupts the normally contained museum environment, invigorating participants by creating a physical relationship to the art of the ages. Participants join the company performing choreographed exercises in the galleries to a soundtrack ranging from Disco to Motown, while artist and author Maira Kalman muses about time, art, and how we spend our days. The Museum Workout premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and extended to nearly 100 performances in what was one of the most discussed performance events of the 2017 NY Season.
Christmas as calamity — 2017 MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Taylor Mac, takes on the holidays to celebrate the season in all of its dysfunction. For this new production, Taylor Mac is joined by longtime collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray and a spectacular band to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.
Conceived as an annual event that will evolve over time, Holiday Sauce will be available for touring in November and December.