Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

SOS (The Song of Songs)

(U.S. Premiere)

March 25 + 26, 2020

“One of the most extraordinary events involving Russian contemporary music and theater. A powerful statement about love and loss.” - NEWSru (Russia)

SOS (The Song of Songs) is a staged cantata created by Russian visual and performance artist Vera Martynov in collaboration with composer Alexey Sysoev, choreographer Nikita Chumakov, and featuring Moscow's acclaimed Intrada vocal ensemble. Investigating experiences of personal and global tragedy, SOS references the worldwide standard Morse code signal of distress, and draws from the poetic Old Testament text, Solomon’s Song of Songs.

SOS is made possible with generous support provided by M.ART Foundation.

Major support for BAC’s presentation of SOS is provided by Trust for Mutual Understanding.


Vera Martynov
Artist Bio

Vera Martynov

Vera Martynov started out as a set designer at the Russian Theatre Academy where she co-founded the Krymov Lab in order to develop a new theater language.

Martynov spent three years as the Gogol Centre’s main stage designer, working alongside Kirill Serebrennikov. She set designed two plays: The Idiots and The Martyr. Martynov was invited by the Theatre of Nations, where she became the Chief Curator of New Space Moscow, developing an experimental cross-disciplinary space. At the end of its first season, New Space Moscow was named Project of the Year by the 2017 Innovation: State Contemporary Art Award Competition. In 2014–2019, Martynov also created a series of large site-specific installations and performances. The Little Match Girl Passion, based on David Lang’s eponymous piece (Gogol Centre, New Space Moscow); Eternal Russia, an art piece, based on the Russian Revolution (HAU), To Be Eternally Preserved, a museum-theater project chronicling the nationalisation of tsarist property following the October Revolution (Manege Central Exhibition Hall).

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Photos: Irina Polyarnaya