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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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Song of Solomon 6:1-8:14

Love Awakened: Song of Songs

By 

Jessica Cermak and Emily Clare Zempel

Credits: 

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: Linda Serrone Rolon | Presenter: Carey Wallace

Curated by: 

Spark & Echo Arts

2011

Image by Giorgio Trovato

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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.


Following the performance was a talk by special guest author, Carey Wallace, author of The Blind Contessa's New Machine. Ms. Wallace spoke on the unique qualities of love letters and what makes Song of Songs timeless. Audience members were then given time to write their own expression of love to someone special in their life.


It was an exciting evening exploring this beautiful text together through the arts. This evening was a collaborative experience that we hope can be replicated at other venues starting with the resources on this page. If you would like to perform this adaptation of Love Awakened, please contact us.


Read the Script:

love_awakened_spark_and_echo
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Scores:

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More photos from the event (external link)


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

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Jessica Cermak and Emily Clare Zempel

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