“I think about that ‘empty’ space a lot. That emptiness is what allows for something to actually evolve in a natural way.”
Meredith Monk, from Mountain Record

In the video above, the singer and composer Meredith Monk fills up a magical performance space that reaches 78 feet up from the ground to a ceiling that opens to the blue sky. The musicians, dancers, and singers all harmonize on different stories of the tower, almost calling to each other from level to level.

Designed by artist Ann Hamilton, the concrete tower is 24 feet in diameter with a pool of water at the base. The interior reflects some of the natural light that fills the double helix staircase and passes through rhythmically-placed metal handrails. Unlike a more traditional performance space where an audience might sit full-on facing a filled stage, there are pockets and openings in the tower to allow performers or even the audience to inhabit the walls. Light, song, and beauty naturally evolve into that empty space.

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THANK YOU! Thank you, Meredith, Anne, and Krista!  I am lying with my computer on my heart, still circling, in the ancient/new tower, still not knowing if I am a great storm, or a falcon, or a luminous song...Meredith, I have loved your music, your voices, your audible vision for decades...some tracks are on my Yin Yoga playlists...you tap deep, resonate with harmonics of sound and feeling and, like a murmuration, entrance and liberate simultaneously.

Thank you, Meredith. For all the years, thank you. For all the iterations. For "Dawn" and "Quarry Song," and "Quarry Weave," and a performance at St. Mike's years and years ago...AND for enduring and transcending your terror, for currying your curiosity, thank you. Bless you, bless you, bless you...Sansea


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Tears in my eyes. This piece is the embodiment of what it means to be human.  

Thank you for sharing us this kind of video. The stairs are very long and not so wide. I use to get slide if I in that kind of stairs. :)