FERUS Festival: Lucy Dhegrae "A Barely Arching Bridge"
7pm doors • 8pm show
A Barely Arching Bridge, a concert by adventurous vocalist and “raconteur” Lucy Dhegrae (New Yorker), confronts sexual violence squarely and unapologetically, and asks how one can transform one’s abuse into a tool of healing. This second installment in Dhegrae’s Processing Series, an exploration of the varied paths towards recovery from sexual trauma which “attempts to shed light on the complex relationship between mind and body” (New York Times), includes the world premiere of Eve Beglarian’s She Gets to Decide, which draws on the composer’s personal history, the painting Thérèse Dreaming by Balthus, and the words of Judge Rosemarie Aquilina during the trial of Larry Nassar — “Leave your pain here, and go out and do your magnificent things.” The program also features works by Amadeus Regucera, Philippe Leroux, Georges Aperghis, Peter Kramer, and Guillaume de Machaut, and a collaborative piece by Erin Rogers and Gelsey Bell (thingNY).
“A barely arching bridge connects the terrible to the tender.” —Rilke
Running time: one hour and fifteen minutes
Read more about Lucy Dhegrae’s 2019-2020 residency at National Sawdust here.
Guided Embodiment Session, 7:30pm-7:50pm
Join us before the show for a 20-minute guided embodiment session facilitated by violinist, yoga instructor, and psychotherapist-in-training Heidi Schaul-Yoder. Learn concrete tools for regulating your nervous system in the face of stress or overwhelm. Heidi will lead participants through seated exercises, inviting you to explore the signals of the body at your own pace, and to bring curiosity to the landscape of sensation. By strengthening the bridge body and mind, you’ll enrich your sensory experience of the themes presented at the evening’s performance, and gain skills to help manage stress in everyday life.
Mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae is “everywhere new music is being sung” (New York Classical Review): she has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Talea Ensemble, and the Albany Symphony, among others, at venues such as Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center.
Lucy regularly premieres new vocal works and operas, and has worked closely with composers such as Unsuk Chin, Jason Eckardt, Susan Botti, Alexandra Vrebalov, and Sky Macklay. Her opera premieres include Trillium J by Anthony Braxton, Andy: A Popera (Bearded Ladies Cabaret), A Marvelous Order by Judd Greenstein, and Ashley Fure’s The Force of Things. Lucy’s festival appearances include Darmstadt (Germany), Klangspuren (Austria), Mostly Mozart, Bard Music Festival, Gesher Music Festival (St. Louis), and Aldeburgh Music Festival (as a Britten-Pears Young Artist).
Lucy is the 2018 recipient of University of Michigan School of Music’s Emerging Artist Award, and among the first cohort of fellows with Turn the Spotlight, a new mentorship program for young professionals. As “adventurous mezzo-soprano” and “raconteur” (New Yorker) she directs Resonant Bodies Festival, an international presenter of boundary-pushing contemporary music vocalists, which she founded in 2013. She has taught at SoundSCAPE (Cesena, Italy), Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada), and Bard College Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and has been invited to present lectures at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, CUNY’s Graduate Center, NYU, and William Paterson University. She graduated from the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program (MM ’12) as well as the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (BM ’08), and is a core member of the new music ensemble Contemporaneous.
As a yoga teacher, holistic psychotherapist-in-training and classical violinist, Heidi Schaul-Yoder is passionate about helping people reconnect to the wisdom of their bodies and access their fullest creative expression. Through her own journey of healing from physical injury and emotional distress, Heidi came to develop a deep fascination with the body’s innate intelligence. She believes that our bodies provide a map to accessing our intuition and understanding what we truly need in order to heal and evolve. With advanced trainings in anatomy, therapeutic movement, mindfulness and neuroscience, she takes a holistic approach to wellness and integrates precise alignment, breath work, nervous system regulation and awareness practices. Originally trained as a classical violinist, Heidi brings her refined sense of presence, attuned ear and creative spirit to meet each person where they are. She is a certified Yoga Tune Up® and Aligned Flow teacher, and is grateful to have completed studies with Jill Miller, Leslie Kaminoff, and Bo Forbes. Heidi offers private therapeutic yoga and embodied coaching sessions, and is three years into her studies at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. You can find out more about Heidi at www.heidischaulyoder.com.