Meredith Monk: Education of the Girlchild Revisited

photo of Meredith Monk

Sunday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.,
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

In Education of the Girlchild Revisted, pioneering performance artist Meredith Monk presents the solo from the second part of her groundbreaking 1973 work Education of the Girlchild and, with her vocal ensemble, music and movement selections form her other early work including Key and Vessel. This masterful program revisits the source of Monk’s prolific artistic outpouring, offering some of the most original music and performance of our time. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m. in McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall.

As a Katharine Houghton Hepburn Fellow, Monk will be in residence at Bryn Mawr conducting free workshops and symposia open to the public. Events will include:

Film Screening of Inner Voice with Meredith Monk in attendance. This documentary highlights Monk's artistic and spiritual life. Monday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m., Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall.

Center for Visual Culture Colloquium. Monk focuses on the visual aspect of her theatrical and filmed works. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thomas Hall, Room 110.

Meredith Monk Film Festival. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall.

Learning to Listen. Meredith Monk will discuss her approaches to composing and vocalizing, with performances by Monk and Vocal Ensemble. Friday, Feb. 4, 7 to 9 p.m., Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall.

Open Workshops: "Dancing Voice/Singing Body" in Pembroke Dance Studio

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 4 to 6 p.m., with Meredith Monk. For those with some training in the performance arts.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 4 to 6 p.m., with Ensemble member Ellen Fisher. A session especially for those with little or no experience in performing arts.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2:30 to 4 p.m., with Ensemble member Ellen Fisher.

Workshops are free. Space is limited. Reservations required. Please contact Adrienne Clarke 610-526-5210 or

Workshop details:  In their workshops, Monk and Fisher will share Monk’s interdisciplinary approaches to performance and her process for creating work.  Beginning with breathing techniques and a detailed vocal and movement warm-up, participants work with the voice and body as multifaceted instruments for exploring range, timbre, gesture, resonance, character, landscape and rhythm. The work aims to uncover the fundamentals of performance as a vehicle for spiritual transformation. Goals include finding a balance of structure and spontaneity, freedom and form as well as providing a springboard from which participants can discover and develop a personal viewpoint and means of expression. Fisher’s sessions will be movement based, using some of Meredith's language of gestural shaping. There will be group improvisations as well as simple solo & group choreographic problem solving.

"A composer, singer and theater artist for whom experimentation has led to wondrous discovery, Monk conjures up a spectrum of colorful and evocative sounds from her one-of-a-kind vocal instrument." —Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer.