You [the artist] are compelled…into dealing with whatever it is that hurts you…You must find some way of using this to connect you with everyone else alive…You must understand that your pain is trivial except insofar as you can use it to connect with other people’s pain; and insofar as you can do that with your pain, you can be released from it. And then hopefully it works the other way around, too; insofar as I can tell you what it is like to suffer, perhaps I can help you to suffer less.
— James Baldwin

Project Summary

/brave/ (working title) is a 45-minute, multi-composer staged song cycle that brings together an all-female creative team of six composers, three performers, and a stage director. Through the sensitivity and power of the human voice, /brave/ examines the neurological aftermath of trauma: how a fragmented self and body coalesces back into one voice; from silence and isolation to communication and connection.


Five composers—Eve Beglarian, Fernanda Navarro, Angélica Negrón, Osnat Netzer, Katherine Young, & Du Yun— will each write a 5-8 minute piece for the project. 

The commissioned songs will be for various combinations of voice, percussion, violin, and electronics, performed by Lucy Dhegrae (voice), Amy Garapic (percussion), and Pala Garcia (violin).

 Alison Moritz, Director

Stage Director Alison Moritz’s recent productions have been lauded as “about as gorgeous and accessible as any opera anywhere” (The Commercial Appeal).