Co-hosted by the Whitney Museum of American Art and High Line Art
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 Museum of American Art on 12 occasions, 12 Shouts marks each solstice and equinox occurring between March 2016 and December 2018, creating a new ceremonial calendar and a contemporary mythology.
Kempson’s 2017 Autumnal Equinox performance, co-hosted by the Whitney and High Line Art, begins with doll-making workshops in the lobby of the Whitney, traverses the museum’s outdoor area, and culminates in an itinerant performance by eight dancers on the High Line. Elaborating on themes explored through her previous performances — sacrifice, death, and reaping — Kempson further delves into ritual and animist narratives while also celebrating the flora on the High Line with the performers’ costumes designed by visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra.
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Image: Sibyl Kempson, 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, Fall Equinox, September 22, 2016, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph (c) Paula Court