Angélica Negrón presents "Isterica"
with Muriel Louveau and Emily Marie Pope
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
Composer/multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón, one of Paste Magazine’s “20 most innovative musicians working today”, joins forces with singer/composer Muriel Louveau and dancer/choreographer Emily Marie Pope for a collaborative work that explores the historical and sociocultural dynamics of hysteria.
Isterica delves deep into the history and stories around hysteria. From the Hippocratic notion that hysteria was caused by the uterus wandering around the woman’s body, to the Freudian notion that it was the result of repressed memories of sexual trauma, Isterica is a compelling exploration of perceptions around gender, the transgressive nature of the female form, and the emancipation of female sexuality.
Photo credit: self-portrait by Autumn Kioti
Muriel Louveau, born in Brittany, is an eclectic French composer, performance-maker, and singer. She refers to her vocal work as “medieval contemporary”, inspired by ancient and foreign music, and she creates her own imaginary language spanning centuries and crossing ethnic and spiritual divides. International events include, in the USA: Next Wave Festival (BAM), Le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Arts Space, and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore; and in Europe: SKIFF in St Petersburg, French Spring Festival (Latvia), and Europe XXL Lille 3000 (France). Her Skana project is an ongoing dramatic musical piece inspired by the album Muriel, co-created with composer Charles B Kim and including New York dancer Emily Marie Pope (performances at Theaterlab in 2014-2015). Louveau has also been commissioned to record four educational albums for French-speaking children, which received Teachers Choice and Académie Charles Cros Awards. Recent events include a poetic sound installation, Vocals in the Dark, at FiveMyles gallery in Brooklyn (June 2017–2018). She is currently collaborating with director Ildiko Nemeth (New Stage Theatre Company) to create the soundtrack of her next performance Near to the Wild Heart, inspired by the novel by Clarice Lispector.
Emily Marie Pope is a performing artist, teacher, choreographer, and video artist. She is an alumnus of the North Carolina School of the Arts (1991). She received her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from the Ohio State University (1997) and her MFA in Dance/Choreography from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2007). She has performed/toured with Malcolm Low, Johannes Wieland, Gerald Casel, Bridget Moore Dance, Chimaera Physical Theater, BalletMet Ohio, and Charleston Ballet Theatre. She currently performs with White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Hilary Easton + Co., Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, and Tiffany Mills Company. She created HoverBound Productions in 2006, and her choreography and video work has been produced in New York at the DUMBO Dance Festival, Wave Rising Series, Cool NY Festival, St. Mark’s Church, Mulberry Street Theatre, Chez Bushwick, 3rd Ward, and The Tank.
Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys, and electronics, as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” and “mesmerizing and affecting”, while the New York Times has noted her “capacity to surprise” and “quirky approach to scoring”. Angélica has been commissioned by Bang on a Can All-Stars, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, A Far Cry, Carnegie Hall, Sō Percussion, and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. Angélica is the composer-in-residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2018-2019 season. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at National Sawdust, completing Chimera, a lip-synch, drag queen opera focused on the intricacies and complexities of identity, as well as the first composer-in-residence at the New York Botanical Garden, working on an interactive choral piece which will give voice to the natural world at the Thain Family Forest.