|Petr Kotik||Many Many Women
on text by Gertrude Stein
|Admission: suggested donation
Audience may enter & exit the performance at will
*This is an informal preview performance prior to the December 20, 2013 concert at Paula Cooper Gallery*
Petr Kotik’s Many Many Women (1975-78) uses the entire text of Gertrude Stein’s 86-page novella of the same title. It consist of 173 sections that are distributed among the pairs of singers and instrumentalists who shape the piece live during each performance. Depending on tempo and densities, a full performance lasts from five to six hours (excerpt performances are also possible).
Many Many Women was performed at Ostrava Days 2013 Festival on August 23 to critical acclaim.
Petr Kotik, Director
Kamala Sankaram, Sadie Dawkins Rosales, soprano;Patrick Fennig, countertenor; Daniel Neer, tenor; Kelvin Chan, baritone; Steven Hrycelak, bass; Petr Kotik, Martha Cargo, flute; Thomas Verchot, Jason Bitonti, trumpet; William Lang, Jen Baker, trombone
“like Rothko or Pollock, or Joyce… [a] subversive epic of the avant-garde”
–BBC Music Magazine
clusters of infinitesimal moments… breathtaking
-Opera Plus, Prague, August, 2013
…gigantic Many Many Women… engulfs, but does not overwhelm
Magazine Harmonie, Prague, October, 2013
like a jigsaw puzzle… the most effective setting of Stein to have been attempted
New Music Box, New York, October 14, 2013
More press about Many Many Women at Ostrava Days 2013
The performance is made possible thanks to support from New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Alice M. Ditson Fund, Amphion Foundation, Phaedrus Foundation, and individual contributions.