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November 5, 2003


Minneapolis City pages

Conceived by 15 Head's artistic director Joe Stanley, the seed of Sacred Space was a portfolio of 26 of Stanley's favorite paintings, later distilled to 15, by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Lyonel Feininger, Edward Hopper, René Magritte, and John Singer Sargent. The company created vignettes based on their collective responses to the artwork, and then added a cappella music to the mix. Like Stanley's set design and Mary Anna Culligan's costuming, the music is impressively polished. It includes Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei," some postmodern doo-wop lifted from the Bobs, and a traditional piece learned from the great Bulgarian State Radio and Television Choir. The dense harmonies are frequently pretty, and Kathryn Jensen and Lori Barrett-Pagano are especially excellent singers. Still, the swing and doo-wop is of a sanitized variety, and stuff like the Bulgarian piece, though impressive for its pluck, seems to be missing something. Bulgarian women, perhaps. More

Posted by acapnews at November 5, 2003 8:42 PM


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