On August 3 2019, the sound of hundreds of human voices transformed Rockefeller Center’s outdoor plazas in an immersive, site-specific choral and movement piece The Gauntlet – an intimate, personal experience were individuals were led through musical corridors of sonic architecture formed by the human voice.
Created by composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol, each performance of The Gauntlet is unique, reflecting the site, community, and performers it is created with. This iteration of The Gauntlet was inspired by the theme of Transformation, with text formed from ‘movement interviews’ with changemakers, cultural figures, and artists.
The performance featured independent singers from across all five boroughs of New York City, including choir members from C4 - The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, Choral Chameleon, Downtown Voices, Inspire, The O’s Ensemble, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, Moving Star Ensemble, Wintersweet Ensemble, New York City Master Chorale, and R.Evolución Latina.
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