Past Live Performance
Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

AMOC* (American Modern Opera Company)

How to Fall Apart (New York Premiere)

February 10 + 11, 2023

Composed by Carolyn Chen, How to Fall Apart describes cosmic, natural, and human processes of disintegration, aging, and falling apart. This evening-length work for three dancers, one violinist, and one cellist integrates text, gesture, and music, building upon Chen’s long-standing compositional work “in which sensuality and abstraction find common ground” (LA Times). How to Fall Apart unfolds as various assemblages of sound, movement, and storytelling cohere, dissolve, and reform, telling personal and scientific stories about the climate crisis, cosmological history, the erosion of soil in Northern Chad, the aging body, The Billion Oyster Project in New York, and the operations of microbes.


Composed by Carolyn Chen


Julia Eichten, dancer

Keir GoGwilt, violinist

Coleman Itzkoff, cellist

Yiannis Logothetis, dancer

Matilda Sakamoto, dancer

Movement Director: Julia Eichten

Lighting Designer: Mary Ellen Stebbins


Commissioned by AMOC*.

Developed in part during an artist residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Developed in residency at The Lumberyard.

Special thanks to Or Schraiber and Jay Campbell for contributing to early workshops of the piece, as well as to Justin Decatur, Suzanne Thorpe, George Gwilt, and Dea Lou Schraiber.

AMOC* (American Modern Opera Company)
Artist Bio

AMOC* (American Modern Opera Company)

AMOC*, founded in 2017 by Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur, builds and shares a body of collaborative work. As a group of dancers, singers, musicians, writers, directors, composers, choreographers, and producers united by a core set of values, AMOC* artists pool their resources to create new pathways that connect creators and audiences in surprising and visceral ways.

Most recently, AMOC* served as Music Director for the 2022 Ojai Music Festival–the second ensemble and first explicitly interdisciplinary company to hold the position in OMF’s 75-year history. Over the Festival’s four days, AMOC* offered 18 performances, eight world premieres, and six new theatrical productions. In July 2022, AMOC* premiered a new production of Harawi at Festival Aix-en-Provence, an affecting interpretation of Olivier Messiaen’s song cycle that breaks open its explorations of love and death into a newly physicalized and theatrical dimension. AMOC*’s 2022-2023 season also includes the world premiere of Bobbi Jene Smith’s Broken Theater, presented in partnership with New Dialect and Carolina Performing Arts; the New York premieres of Carolyn Chen’s How to Fall Apart and Anthony Cheung’s the echoing of tenses, and the world premiere of Comet Poppea at the Spoleto Festival USA, which includes an AMOC*-commissioned opera by composer George Lewis.

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