Literary Nonfiction. Essays. Drama. Performance Studies. 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens was a three-year performance immersion project by playwright, director, and performer Sibyl Kempson and her company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf Co. Presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 12 Shouts began on the Vernal Equinox, March 2016, and unfolded on each solstice and equinox, with many beginnings and only one end, on the Winter Solstice, December 2018. It was offered as a celebration of the place-based sensitivity of the museum architecture and its awareness, interaction, and openness to the cycles and rhythms of the day, seasons, geographical location, and of human presence and interaction. The 12 Shouts project as a whole represents a submission to a ritual cycle—an alignment with the breathing process of the Earth, as Rudolph Steiner would have it. This pamphlet is an experiential record of the flotsam and jetsam that washed up on the shore from the making of that project.
Sibyl Kempson began making her own performances at Little Theater and Dixon Place at the turn of the millennium. Her plays have been presented in the United States, Germany, Norway, and Austria. In 2015, she launched the 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. at the Martin E. Segal Center in NYC. Kempson is the recipient of a 2018 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for American Playwright at Mid-Career, a 2017 graduate of New Dramatists, a 2014 USA Artists Rockefeller Fellow, and a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She received her MFA in Playwriting at Brooklyn College, under the instigation of Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. She also has a BA in Theater from Bennington College. Her plays are published by 53rd State Press, in PLAY: Journal of Plays, and Performance & Art Journal. She teaches experimental performance writing at Sarah Lawrence College, at the Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and through her company.
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