The Processing Series — Overview

Lucy Dhegrae's artist residency at National Sawdust is a concert series exploring how music can address the aftermath of trauma.

Origins

What do we do with trauma? Where does it go? How do we process the experience?

The Processing Series began with a prompt to four composers: write a piece for voice that deals with an aspect of trauma recovery. Inspired by the book The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, as well as personal trauma narratives, new pieces of music were created —one each from composers Eve Beglarian, Angélica Negrón, Osnat Netzer, and Katherine Young— each with an incredibly different perspective on the aftermath of trauma and its complex imprint on the body, communication, and daily life.

Trauma, sometimes a fixed incident in time, is an experience that evolves within oneself over a lifetime. The Processing Series embraces the ever-morphing relationship of a person to their traumatic memory, and each concert in the series zooms in on one aspect of the experience at a time, acknowledging the incomprehensibility that is the aftermath of trauma, and the infinite vastness of experiences therein.

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