The Ritual of Breath is the Right to Resist at the Hop

Ritual of Breath

The Ritual of Breath is the Rite to Resist is a collaboration between librettist Vievee Francis, visual artist Enrico Riley and composer Jonathan Berger.  Francis and Riley are both members of the Dartmouth faculty, in the departments of English and Creative Writing and Studio Art, respectively, and Berger is a music professor at Stanford University. 

The Ritual of Breath… responds to the murder of Eric Garner and confronts wanton lynching and killing of people of color.  It will be an evening-length (approximately 70 minutes) opera-theater work for soprano, saxophone and string quartet, accompanied by Riley’s haunting images.

The Ritual of Breath… is slated to premiere in 2020 or 2021.