In What Language
In What Language?
A Song Cycle of Lives In Transit
Composed by Vijay Iyer Libretto by Michael Ladd Directed by Rachel Dickstein Lighting and Projection design by Clifton Taylor
Performed by Ajay Naidu, Trevor Holder, Vijay Iyer, Dana Leong, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Latash N, Nevada Diggs, Ambrose Akinmusire, Allison, Easter, Stephen Crump, Michael Ladd, Liberty Ellman
In What Language is a work of music and poetry created and performed by Vijay Iyer and Michael Ladd, leading a ten member ensemble of musicians and speaking voices.
The work consists of a series of poetic interior monologues by people of color negotiating the hyper-globalized setting of an international airport.
Commissioned and produced by Asia Society, 2003. In What Language? was made possible with generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and was a sponsored project of Creative Capital Foundation. Toured to PICA, REDCAT, and the Painted Bride 2004-2005.