Symmetrical Lives

Symmetrical Lives brings together two performers (Zara Lawler, flute and Maja Cerar, violin) and a choreographer (C. Neil Parsons) with deep roots in classical music as well as a history of adventurous interdisciplinary collaborations.  Symmetrical Lives is an innovative production of J. S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite in B-minor, which premiered as a short film on October 29, 2021, as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar From Home Series here.

View the full video here, and read on below for more about the project:

Here is a peek behind the scenes in this interview with Lawler, Cerar and Parsons, as part of The Fourth Wall Ensemble’s Saturday Showtime Series:

Meet the creative team behind Symmetrical Lives:

Zara Lawler, flute, bio is here.

Violinist Maja Cerar‘s repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the present, including performances with live electronics, theater and dance. Since her debut in the Zürich Tonhalle in 1991, she has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras and given recitals with distinguished artists.  She has played at festivals such as the Davos “Young Artist in Concert,” Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Festival, the International Society for Contemporary Music’s World Music Days in Ljubljana, the International Computer Music Conference  (Singapore, Barcelona, New York, Texas), the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States conference (Texas, Arizona, Florida, Boston), the “Viva Vivaldi” festival in Mexico City, and numerous others. In 2016, she was the featured performer at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, an event of the New York Philharmonic Biennial. Her collaborative works have been featured at the “Re:New Frontiers of Creativity” symposium celebrating the 250th anniversary of Columbia University and “Listening in the Sound Kitchen” festival at Princeton University.  Since 2014 she has also created her own works, fostered by The Tribeca Film Institute’s “Tribeca Hacks” and by the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival, involving robotics and wearable motion sensors.

Choreographer Neil Parsons is a bass trombonist, dancer/choreographer, and actor/director, best-known for blending his talents in new interdisciplinary works, particularly with his hybrid arts ensemble The Fourth Wall. Extensive touring has taken him to 40 states, with appearances at performing arts centers, festivals, schools, university residencies, and with symphony orchestras. He has directed numerous productions, from Shakespeare to contemporary plays and musical theater, for interdisciplinary and experimental ensembles such as Tales&Scales, Lawler+Fadoul, Early Music in Motion, the Bloomington Playwrights Project, and the Boston Conservatory Hybrid Arts Ensemble.  Neil is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory of Music (where he declared an individual major in Interdisciplinary Performance & Education), and Boston Conservatory at Berklee (MM ’17 Contemporary Classical Music Performance). Neil is an Instructor of Theater for the Conservatory’s Contemporary Theater BFA Program.