Performance of Terce: A Practical Breviary (Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 7:00 p.m.)

The Space at Irondale
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Terce: A Practical Breviary is a radical rethinking of a monastic mass that reimagines the face of the Holy Spirit through the lens of the Divine Feminine. Sung by a community choir of 30-plus caregivers and makers, it is a wild meditation/celebration of the sacred mother alive in all of us and how that manifests in regard to the Earth, each other, and ourselves. Inspired by ideas taken from three primary female mystics (Julian of Norwich, Hildegard von Bingen, and Robin Wall Kimmerer), this non-narrative song cycle—a blend of new music, neo-soul, and gospel with traditional medieval organum—is percussed with active caretaking and craft making and is danced wildly. More of an event than an opera, it is built as an active ritual to celebrate and venerate our feminine alignment with nature and recover from living in the confines of a civilization built to control or ignore it.

Terce has been commissioned, developed, and produced through HERE&Back (a program of HERE) as part of PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now.

Co-presented with the Space at Irondale.

HERE&Back encompasses projects developed and produced by HERE and helmed by established artists with deep connections to HERE.

The Club thanks Jennifer Suh Whitfield ’98 for bringing this special musical theatrical experience to our attention and underwriting a portion of the GOLD tickets. Jennifer, a former board member of the Bryn Mawr Club of New York City, is a member of the Bryn Mawr College board of trustees and chair of the board of directors of HERE Arts Center.

Tickets are non-refundable and limited, with reservations on a first come, first served basis. A portion of the ticket price goes toward supporting the Club’s work on behalf of alums.

WHAT: Performance of Terce: A Practical Breviary
WHEN: Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 7:00 p.m. 
WHERE: The Space at Irondale, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
HOW  MUCH: GOLD $55; regular $75. In addition, we would appreciate club dues to support Club programming for Bryn Mawr alums.
RSVP: RSVP HERE. Tickets are limited and nonrefundable; first come, first served.

The award-winning HERE was named a Top Ten Off-Off Broadway Theater by Time Out New York and is a leader in the field of producing and presenting new, hybrid performances viewed as a seamless integration of artistic disciplines—theatre, dance, music and opera, puppetry, media, visual and installation, spoken word and performance art. HERE is a producer, presenter, and venue for local and global ground-breaking artists.

HERE’s standout productions include Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Taylor Mac’s The Hang and The Lily’s Revenge, Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers, Young Jean Lee’s Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, Robin Frohardt’s The Pigeoning, and Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique, as well as works directed by Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting, including James Scruggs’s Disposable Men and Kamala Sankaram’s Looking at You.

In addition to its extensive producing work with local artists through its HERE Artist Residency Program, HERE presents work from New York, across the country, and around the globe through its Dream Music Puppetry Program (co-curated with Basil Twist), and its widely acclaimed PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre, co-curated and co-produced with Beth Morrison Projects.

As a welcoming venue, HERE proudly curates adventurous artists, companies and productions, whether emerging or recognized, through its SubletSeries.

Since its founding in 1993, HERE and the artists it has supported have received 18 Obies, 2 Bessies, 5 Drama Desk nominations, 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Doris Duke Awards, 7 Tony nominations, and 2 MacArthur Fellowships.