Sibyl Kempson: 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens

Every Solstice and Equinox Through 2018

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Mar 20 2017 - Dec 21 2018

12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens is a three-year iterative performance project by American playwright, director, and performer Sibyl Kempson with her theater company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. Presented at the Whitney on twelve occasions, 12 Shouts will mark each solstice and equinox occurring between March 2016 and December 2018 creating a new ceremonial calendar and a contemporary mythology.

Bringing into play the Whitney’s architecture and its porous relationship with the city and natural world, Kempson will engage the museum as a strategic frame and entry point for each of these rituals. With a sensitivity and focus toward the specific cycles and rhythms of days, seasons, and human activities, 12 Shouts explores the layers of historical and cultural significance of this location. 

Kempson’s work stems from a deep research in history, mythology, art history, metaphysics, and ritual. Through her writing process she knits together multi-faceted narratives that provide the foundation for the world created in her performances. This sense of layering is further bolstered by artistic collaboration, and throughout this process she will engage with various sound artists, choreographers, and visual artists, among others.

12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens is an original work by Sibyl Kempson commissioned by the Whitney, and includes dramaturgy and research by Thomas Riccio, scholar of ritual, indigenous performance and shamanism.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.
Image Sibyl Kempson, 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, Summer Solstice, June 20, 2016, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph © Paula Court

  • Performance art
  • American
  • Contemporary
  • Sibyl Kempson
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