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The Tank presents ‘The Lydian Gale Parr’

Cove Barton, Jay Beardsley, Arzu Salman and MJ Markovitz.in The Tank's 2024 production of 'The Lydian Gale Parr'. Photo by Mari Eimas-Dietrich.
Cove Barton, Jay Beardsley, Arzu Salman and MJ Markovitz.in The Tank's 2024 production of 'The Lydian Gale Parr'. Photo by Mari Eimas-Dietrich.

The Tank (Meghan Finn, Artistic Director; Johnny G. Lloyd, Director of Artistic Development; Molly FitzMaurice, Managing Producer) presents, in a co-production with Amanda + James, The Lydian Gale Parr, composed by Alaina Ferris with a libretto by Karinne Keithley Syers, direction by Meghan Finn, and choreography by Katy Pyle. Performances run April 5-20, and will be performed at Target Margin Theater in Brooklyn, NY.

The Lydian Gale Parr is a surreal and poetic chamber oratorio with ballet: a child emissary sent from a city under siege to deliver a letter to the attacking general. But the emissary cannot find him; at every place of arrival, the general has just left. Traveling through space and time, the emissary begins to shapeshift, to manifest freely: as boy, as girl, as man, as woman, as the Lydian Gale Parr, who journeys from ancient cities to cargo ships on an infinite errand to ask for an end to violence. They slip in and out of disparate webs of belonging yet hold fast to their quest: a ghost child of war.

The cast of The Lydian Gale Parr features Gelsey Bell, soprano, Celtic harp; Alaina Ferris, alto, piano, Celtic harp; Chad Goodridge, baritone; Aviva Jaye, alto, Celtic harp; and Lacy Rose, soprano; with musicians Alina Eckersley, French horn; Eamon Goodman, flute, bass clarinet, steel guitar; Charlie Reed, viola da gamba; Leah Shaw, bassoon; and Yoshi Weinberg, flute, clarinet, pedal harp; and ballet dancers Cove Barton, Jay Beardsley, MJ Markowitz and Arzu Salman.

The Lydian Gale Parr features set and costume design by Patricia Marjorie, lighting design by Yang Yu, spatial instrument and sound design by Eamon Goodman, and projection design by David Pym. Simone Allen is the associate music director, Tristan O’Shea is the associate sound designer, Nicolas Browne is the assistant director, Michael Genese is the music copyist, and Sam Kaseta is the music assistant. Curtis Howard is the technical director, Mika Kauffman is the Stage Manager, and Alejandra Venancio is the Tank production Fellow.

This piece was commissioned by Charles & Joan Gross Foundation with support from The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts.

This work was developed, in part, under the auspices of an Artist Residency at the Movement Lab in the Milstein Center of Barnard College, with additional support from New Dramatists and The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

The performance schedule for The Lydian Gale Parr is as follows: Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3pm.

For tickets and more information, visit www.thetanknyc.org/20th-anniversary-season.

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