Song of Songs

Pam Tanowitz/David Lang

July 1–3

Add to Calendar2022-07-01 8:00 pm2022-07-01 8:00 pmEDTSong of Songs

SummerScape Commission/World Premiere

Choreography by Pam Tanowitz
Music by David Lang

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater,
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“Tanowitz has long been one of the most formally brilliant choreographers around.”—New York Times

Spiritual and erotic, playful and mysterious, The biblical Song of Songs (also known as The Song of Solomon) is perhaps the greatest of all love poems—a hymn of yearning, steeped in images from the natural world. The poem’s unforgettable images of the natural world have inspired artists and lovers for millennia – indeed some scholars argue that the entire tradition of Western love poetry springs from its glorious verses. Now composer David Lang and Fisher Center resident choreographer Pam Tanowitz join forces to create a major new dance-theater performance based on this radiantly beautiful text. A collage of sound, song, and movement that reimagines ancient rituals of love and courtship, Song of Songs holds the sacred and profane threads of the Song in perfect balance.

Creative Team

Choreography by Pam Tanowitz
Music by David Lang
Production design by Reid Bartelme, Harriet Jung, Pam Tanowitz, and Clifton Taylor
Sound design by Garth MacAleavey
Music Supervision by Caleb Burhans
Dramaturgy by Mary Gossy
Stage Management by Betsy Ayer


Christine Flores, Zachary Gonder, Lindsey Jones, Brian Lawson, Victor Lozano, Maile Okamura, and Melissa Toogood (rehearsal director)

Emily Brausa (cello), Sarah Brailey (soprano), Caleb Burhans (viola), Martha Cluver (soprano), Katie Geissinger (alto), and Yuri Yamashita (percussion)


The 2022 SummerScape season is made possible in part by the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center at Bard and Bard Music Festival, and Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival members. The 2022 Bard Music Festival has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Commissioning funds for Song of Songs are provided by Jay Franke and David Herro, with additional support received from the O’Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation, Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman, King’s Fountain, Lizbeth and George Krupp, and Virginia and Timothy Millhiser. The Fisher Center on behalf of Pam Tanowitz Dance received a 2020 NDP Finalist Grant Award for Song of Songs, made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to address sustainability needs during COVID-19.

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