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In Rehearsal: Kerry Parker

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What happens in a rehearsal room, when an artist or group of artists is building a work? 

Kerry Parker is one of the four artists currently in residence at cfpa. She and her collaborators have been building a site- and season-specific dance that is a death ritual, exploring senescence and seasonal darkness as part of a personal cosmology. Kerry has investigated the relationship between site, ritual, history and movement in cfpa’s chapel over the past two years. This piece will deeply revisit the history of the building, investing in the influences of the coming winter season.

Come see the public presentation of our New Works residents (Kerry, David Means, and Mo Holmes) on Saturday, Dec 14th and Saturday, Dec 21st, at 7:00 pm.


Kerry has been using “Orphic Hymn #2: To Nyx” as a foundational inspiration for her work during this residency.

THE ORPHIC HYMNS are a collection of 87 short religious poems composed in either the late Hellenistic (C3rd or C2nd B.C.) or early Roman (C1st to C2nd A.D.) era. They are based on the beliefs of Orphism, a mystery cult or religious philosophy which claimed descent from the teachings of the mythical hero Orpheus.

The Hymns of Orpheus. Translated by Taylor, Thomas (1792).
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. (Current edition).

II. TO NIGHT [NYX]

Night [Nyx], parent goddess, source of sweet repose, from whom at first both Gods and men arose,
Hear, blessed Venus [Kypris], deck’d with starry light, in sleep’s deep silence dwelling Ebon night!
Dreams and soft case attend thy dusky train, pleas’d with the length’ned gloom and feaftful strain.
Dissolving anxious care, the friend of Mirth, with darkling coursers riding round the earth.
Goddess of phantoms and of shadowy play, whose drowsy pow’r divides the nat’ral day:
By Fate’s decree you constant send the light to deepest hell, remote from mortal sight
For dire Necessity which nought withstands, invests the world with adamantine bands.
Be present, Goddess, to thy suppliant’s pray’r, desir’d by all, whom all alike revere,
Blessed, benevolent, with friendly aid dispell the fears of Twilight’s dreadful shade.

Kerry and Helen Hatch rehearse.


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