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

As a society we are in a great awakening about trauma: not only does it affect a far greater percentage of the population than we previously understood, but additionaly recent research has shed light on our body’s complex system of trauma storage and processing. Through the mediums of music and theater, this team of artists creates a journey for audience and performers alike that progresses toward an unfragmented, whole self; to create a musical experience that not only sheds light on the universality of trauma’s aftermath, but also offers healing in that exploration by weaving body-based therapies like EMDR and Somatic Experiencing into the sonic and physical environment.


Four composers—Eve Beglarian, Angélica Negrón, Osnat Netzer, & Katherine Young— will each write an 8 to 10-minute piece for the project. 

The commissioned works 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).