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It was a lovely, warm spring night in NYC for "Love Awakened," Spark and Echo's multi-disciplinary arts event held on April 18th, 2011, at 2 Great Jones in the East Village.

Jessica Cermak and Joie Bauer performed as lovers in a theatrical performance of one of history's most beautiful love poems, Song of Songs. This piece was directed by Emily Clare Zempel and featured music written by Jonathon Roberts, performed by Roberts, James Hall, and Matthew Talmage. Complimenting the performance was live painting of a mural in response to the text by Linda Serrone Rolon.

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Love Awakened: Song of Songs


Jessica Cermak and Emily Clare Zempel


Adapted by Emily Clare Zempel and Jessica Cermak
Actors: Jessica Cermak, Joie Bauer
Directed by Emily Clare Zempel
Music by Jonathon Roberts
Performers: James Hall, trombone; Jonathon Roberts, piano/vocals; Matthew Talmage, percussion; Emily Clare Zempel, vocals
Live Painting by Linda Serrone Rolon
Presenter: Carey Wallace
Artist Location: New York City

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Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

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This evening was a collaborative experience that we hope can be replicated at other venues starting with the resources on this page. We found the combination of theater, live painting, music, poetry, and audience response time to be an inspiring way for everyone to experience this remarkable text.

If you would like to perform this adaptation of Love Awakened, please contact us.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Fellow New York actors and theater makers Jessica Cermak and Emily Clare Zempel have a deep love for classical text and devised theatre. This passion and partnership brought Love Awakened to life.

Jessica Cermak and Emily Clare Zempel

About the Artist

Jessica Cermak and Emily Clare Zempel

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