Saturday 3 August 04:00pm

The Gauntlet

Rockefeller Center, New York City

4pm & 7pm performances



“I see the activity in the city as streams of light… of people’s energies… the energy in the city… the energy in life. I see it in motions of color. I see movement generated through the city streets…” —Terese Capucilli, Movement Interviewee

Be transformed by the sound of hundreds of human voices this summer at Rockefeller Center. 

On August 3, across Rockefeller Center’s outdoor plazas, the immersive, site-specific choral and movement piece The Gauntlet will bathe thousands of people in waves of harmony, poetry and gesture, performed by a chorus of hundreds featuring singers from across New York City. 

An intimate, personal experience in the center of bustling Manhattan, individuals will be led through musical corridors of sonic architecture formed by the human voice. 

Created by composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol, each performance of The Gauntlet is unique, reflecting the site, community, and performers it is created with. This iteration of The Gauntlet is inspired by the theme of Transformation, with text formed from ‘movement interviews’ with changemakers, cultural figures, and artists, including visual artist Swoon; journalist Kurt McVey; costume and fashion designer Claire Fleury; composer, co-founder, and artistic director of National Sawdust, Paola Prestini; dancer Terese Capucilli; publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World, Chris Jackson; spiritual care counselor for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Kei Okada; puppeteer Erin Orr; choir member of Choral Chameleon, Nicole Belmont; artist, writer, and curator Sarah Walko; and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

The performance features independent singers from across all five boroughs of New York City, including choir members from C4 – The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, Choral Chameleon, Downtown Voices, Inspire, The O’s Ensemble, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, Moving Star Ensemble, Wintersweet Ensemble, New York City Master Chorale, and R.Evolución Latina.

The Gauntlet was performed at National Sawdust in FERUS Festival 2018 and has since been performed at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Sydney Opera House’s Antidote Festival.

This summer’s performance is a new commission by Rockefeller Center, on the theme of Transformation, co-produced by National Sawdust Projects. 

Creative & Producing Team

Sxip Shirey, Composer & Music Director
Coco Karol, Choreographer
Nilusha Dassenaike, Assistant Music Director
Raquel Acevedo Klein, Assistant Music Director
Nathan Repasz – Assistant Music Director
Holly Hunter, Producer & Director of National Sawdust Projects and Community Engagement
Lorna Simpson, Producer & Director of Programming and Events, Rockefeller Center

Featuring singers from across New York City and choirs including: 

C4 – The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective
Choral Chameleon
Downtown Voices
Moving Star Ensemble
New York City Master Chorale
R.Evolución Latina
The O’s Ensemble
Wintersweet Ensemble
Young New Yorkers Chorus


Miguel Angel Guzmán
Remi Harris
Wanda Gala
Effy Grey
Natalie Deryn Johnson
Jeremy Jae Neal