Symmetrical Lives is an innovative production of J. S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite in B-minor, created by Zara Lawler, violinist Maja Cerar and choreographer C. Neil Parsons. It was premiered as a short film in October 2021 as part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar from Home Series.
It was premiered in November 2022 as an in-person music and movement performance. You can watch the finale here:
This performance is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, a regrant program supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
Symmetrical Lives emerged from the pandemic experience and the artists’ desire to be together safely in a natural environment that afforded freedom of expression and room to play, and parallels the experience of many New Yorkers who sought the outdoors as sanctuary to counterbalance the isolation we all were feeling socially, artistically and even spiritually.
Read more about the project here, and watch the full video below, and please join us on November 6:
CLICKABLE: THE ART OF PERSUASION, from the celebrated duo of flutist Zara Lawler and marimbaist Paul J. Fadoul, is a concept album, an audio version of a live show that uses theatrical performance and audience participation to convey the many facets of persuasion – from powerful storytelling to coercion, pressure, and manipulation. The album includes commercial jingles, a lullaby, dust jacket texts set to music, a protest song, a serenade, and a spoken-word commentary on social media.
World Premiere Performance of a collaboration of Zara Lawler and DoubleTake Dance. Featuring Zara Lawler interpreting words from poet Amy Newman’s HOWL, with choreography by Vanessa Martinez de Banos and Ashley Carter. Created as part of the Higher Ground Festival 2020 HG Premieres, presented on a rooftop in Upper Manhattan in September 2020. Thanks to Arts ON AIR for making live performance possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch video of the performance HERE.
An experiment in cultivating safe audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic by playing concerts for farm animals and plants.