(HERE Artist Residency Program)

mɔːnɪŋ Gelsey Bell

Show Description

mɔːnɪŋ (pronounced as “mourning” and “morning”) is a opera that inhabits a world, beginning today, in which all humans have disappeared from Earth. Distanced creatures witness the changes that take place on Earth as forests grow back, rivers overtake dams, and human-made buildings and objects gradually erode away. Inspired by Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us, the piece is whimsical, fantastical, and playful while being rooted in scientific ideas and the dire political and ethical contradictions that structure current human relations with nature and other animals.

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Artist Bio

Gelsey Bell is a singer, songwriter, and scholar. She has been described by the New York Times as “a charismatic and fiercely intelligent performer,” whose performance of her own music is “virtuosic” and “glorious noise.” She is a core member of thingNY and Varispeed, has received a 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts award for music/sound and has been an artist-in-residence at Roulette. Her works include Bathroom Songs, Scaling, Our Defensive Measurements, Prisoner’s Song (with Erik Ruin), This Takes Place Close By (with thingNY), and the acclaimed adaptation of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives (with Varispeed). She has also written and performed music for many dance performances including Anna Sperber’s Wealth from the Salt Seas. Other performance highlights include Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway) and Ghost Quartet, Robert Ashley’s Improvement and Crash, Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s River of Fundament, Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens, and Gregory Whitehead’s On the Shore Dimly Seen


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We are are extremely grateful for the generous support of the following people: Anonymous, Alexandra Beller, Jamie L. Bennett , Richard Brundage, Nicole Burman, David Cote, Rima Fand, Gia Forakis, Vanessa Gilbert, Sally & Fred Harris, Rachel Jendrzejewski, David Koren, Dominik Landowne, Ginny Louloudes, Donna Roseman, Lake Simons, Kathleen Turco-Lyon.