(b New York, 20 Nov. 1942)
US dancer, choreographer, composer, film-maker, and performance artist. She made her debut as a performer in New York in 1964 after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. Originally one of the leading voices on the American avant-garde scene, her interest in an interdisciplinary approach to performance often led her away from dance into theatre and opera. Her productions were frequently set outdoors or in novel performing spaces. Vessel (1971) was set in three different locations, the first part in Monk's loft, the second at the Performing Garage and the third in a car park. Juice (1969) started at the Guggenheim Museum and worked its way back to Monk's loft. In 1968 she formed the performance company The House; in 1978 she also launched the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble. She has directed many films including Book of Days (1989) but the focus of her work has been increasingly musical, for example the 1991 opera Atlas, which used almost no text, only vocal sounds.
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