From a Dissertation by Stephanie Meyer
January February 2016
UMKC - Performing arts center, White Hall, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Lincoln Prep
Stephanie Meyer is one of those superb operatic sopranos.
The "Moving Songs" project is from her dissertation (for the DMA, Doctor of Musical Arts)
I did photos and video of her performances as a permanent record
Stephanie put this together using seven André Previn songs and poetry by Toni Morrison.
She was, she noted, creating a Mark Morris inspired collaboration between music and movement.
The dancers and choreographer are from the UMKC Conservatory Dance Division
Cast, Left to Right:
Phoebe Perry (dancer), Stephanie Meyer (soprano), DaJuan Johnson (dancer), Lee Thompson (piano), Jacqueline Wood (narrator), Qizhen Liu (cello), John Roberts (choreography)
Although I took color pictures I also made a grayscale version of each because, as Stephanie noted, "The photos from the Nelson-Atkins exhibit that we are working with are mostly black and white, http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/exhibitions/through-the-lens/ . Maybe black and white is a good idea for the poster photo too? It would also save us from any compulsions to coordinate our rehearsal outfits"
The picture above is the only one I will show on this page in color. Even though the color versions are beautiful, the B&W versions provide a particular concentration on the subjects. So, the remainder of the pictures on this page are B&W (grayscale). I started in B&W (it was all we had that could be handled easily without touchy lab controls) and years ago I worked in several color labs as the B&W section of the lab. This gives me a chance to display a set of grayscale photos as a group.
Phoebe Perry and DaJuan Johnson
Phoebe Perry and Stephanie Meyer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum
Phoebe Perry in the Nelson-Atkins (and concrete floor)
Stephanie and Mike working on the order for the slide projections
DaJuan Johnson and Phoebe Perry
DaJuan Johnson and Phoebe Perry at the Nelson Atkins Museum
Jacquline Wood and Lee Thompson
Qizhen Liu on cello
Rehearsal in studio - DaJuan Johnson and Phoebe Perry
Creative conference in PAC - Phoebe Perry, DaJuan Johnson, Stephanie Meyer, John Roberts
Stephanie Meyer (front) studio rehearsal with (in back) Phoebe Perry, DaJuan Johnson, Qizhen Liu
Phoebe Perry (front) Stephanie Meyer, DaJuan Johnson
Choreographer John Roberts, reading Toni Morrison poetry for the narration
Phoebe Perry, Stephanie Meyer, DaJuan Johnson
Phoebe Perry and DaJuan Johnson - White Hall
Phoebe Perry, DaJuan Johnson - studio rehearsal
Pianist, Dr. Lee Thompson
LIft: DaJuan and Phoebe
Phoebe, DaJuan and Stephanie
2cnd of 2 jetes in a row at the Nelson - Phoebe Perry on concrete
Phoebe, Stephanie, DaJuan
Phoebe, DaJuan, Stephanie