DIRECTOR: AMRAM NOWAK & MEREDITH MONK
Q&A with Meredith Monk, moderated by Steven Smith
Monk’s meditation on WWII and recurring cycles of intolerance, fascism, and cruelty in history originated in 1976 as a live stage work utilizing elements of music, images, movement, dialogue, film, sound, and light. This film version, shot on 16mm in the Lepercq Space at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1977, was created in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts as part of their initiative to document ground-breaking live performance for future restaging. QUARRY centers on a sick American child (played by Monk herself) whose world darkens as her illness progresses, this darkening including the rise of a dictator. A unique document of this innovative, boundary-blurring production, and a work of art on its own terms, replete with a film-within-a-film directed by Monk in 1975.
Photo courtesy Nat Tileston.
Steve Smith is director of publications at National Sawdust, and editor and lead writer for National Sawdust Log. He contributes regularly to The New Yorker, and worked previously as a freelance critic for The New York Times, and as a staff editor for the Boston Globe and Time Out New York.