Out There: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ogresse: Envisioned
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Out There: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ogresse: Envisioned

“A story at once epic and intimate … virtually everything about it is staggeringly original.” —Wall Street Journal (on the song cycle Ogresse)

Ogresse: Envisioned is a sumptuous journey of myth and song by multiple Grammy Award–winning jazz vocalist, composer, and visual artist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Playful yet poignant, this darkly humorous fairy tale explores themes of power, gender, race, body diversity, and love. The new multimedia work is driven by an enthralling, genre-defying score composed and performed by Salvant and a 13-piece chamber orchestra, arranged and conducted by Darcy James Argue. The Ogresse and her forest home are conjured with striking, large-scale projected imagery, co-created by Salvant and Belgian animator Lia Bertels, in this special world premiere performance.

Walker Commission/World Premiere

Program length: 80 minutes

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  • The presentation of Ogresse: Envisioned was commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The original Ogresse song-cycle was co-commissioned by Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

    Program support provided by Nor Hall and Roger Hale and Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David & Leni Moore Family Foundation.