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Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10028 United States (map)


While this event is sold out, please note that there is an additional performance on May 3, 2019 at Oberon.

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) 
Julia Bullock, soprano 
Tyshawn Sorey, composer, percussion, and piano

Conceived by Peter Sellars
Directed by Zack Winokur
Texts by Claudia Rankine
Choreography by Michael Schumacher

"One of the most important works of art yet to emerge from the era of Black Lives Matter." —The New York Times

Julia Bullock inhabits the body of a reimagined Joséphine Baker on the steps of The Met's Great Hall in this darker, more intimate consideration of the life and legacy of the famous singer, activist, and cultural icon. With texts by poet Claudia Rankine and music recomposed by Tyshawn Sorey (both MacArthur Fellows).

Bring the Kids for $1.

This residency is made possible by the Chester Dale Fund and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine is made possible in part by the Lavori Sterling Foundation.

Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine was funded through ICE's First Page commissioning program with lead support from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting.

Tickets include same-day Museum admission during open hours.

Performances and commissioning activities during the 2018-19 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.