Meredith Monk: Creating “where the voice starts dancing”

Meredith Monk has been an innovative artistic force for over 45 years. She moves among the disciplines of voice, dance, theater, and film with fluidity and ease. In this excerpt from the NEA podcast, Meredith Monk shares her thoughts on innovation and creativity with Josephine Reed. [11:17]

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Meredith Monk. Photo copyright Peter Ross 2009

Meredith Monk. Photo copyright Peter Ross 2009

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Songs of Ascension, Meredith Monk (clockwise from left Bohdan Hilash, Meredith Monk, Ellen Fisher, Ching Gonzalez, Allison Sniffin.)

Songs of Ascension, Meredith Monk (clockwise from left Bohdan Hilash, Meredith Monk, Ellen Fisher, Ching Gonzalez, Allison Sniffin.) Photo by Cameron Wittig courtesy Walker Art Center

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Meredith Monk, Juice

Meredith Monk, Juice. Photo by V. Sladon pictured: Meredith Monk

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Meredith Monk- Songs of Ascension at Ann Hamilton's Tower

Meredith Monk- Songs of Ascension at Ann Hamilton's Tower. Photo by Babeth VanLoo

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Meredith Monk in Quarry (1976.)

Meredith Monk in Quarry (1976.) Photo by Nat Tileston

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Meredith Monk Bhutan, November 2011.  Photo by Babeth Van Loo

Meredith Monk Bhutan, November 2011. Photo by Babeth Van Loo

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Meredith Monk Education of the Girlchild

Meredith Monk Education of the Girlchild. Photo by Lois Greenfield Common Ground, NYC 1973

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Meredith Monk in 16 Millimeter Earrings Judson Church, 1966

Meredith Monk in 16 Millimeter Earrings Judson Church, 1966. Photo by Charlotte Victoria

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Meredith Monk Directing Ellis Island

Meredith Monk Directing Ellis Island. Photographer: Unknown

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Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble and Pacific Mozart Ensemble in Songs of Ascension at Ann Hamilton's Tower

Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble and Pacific Mozart Ensemble in Songs of Ascension at Ann Hamilton's Tower. Photo by Marion Gray 2008

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Songs of Ascension at Ann Hamilton's Tower

Songs of Ascension at Ann Hamilton's Tower. Photo by Marion Gray 2008

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Meredith Monk Quarry Lepercq Space, BAM 1976

Meredith Monk Quarry Lepercq Space, BAM 1976. Photo by Ken Duncan

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Impermanence (left to right-Theo Bleckmann, Ching Gonzalez, Katie Geissinger, Meredith Monk, Allison Sniffin, Ellen Fisher, John Hollenbeck,Bohdan Hilash.)

Impermanence (left to right-Theo Bleckmann, Ching Gonzalez, Katie Geissinger, Meredith Monk, Allison Sniffin, Ellen Fisher, John Hollenbeck,Bohdan Hilash.) Photo Michael Cooper

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Meredith Monk Songs of Ascension 2008

Meredith Monk Songs of Ascension 2008. Photo by Cameron Wittig, courtesy Walker Art Center