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When I pack for tour, I have to get EVERYTHING into two 50-lb bags – and I mean everything … including my instrument.

So when the Sensoria Festival invited me to perform a piece from my one-woman musical “Electra’s Lyre” at my April 11th concert, there was no way I could get the 15-pound harp stand I usually use into my luggage.

That’s why I asked for a human harp stand.

Little did I know that one request would turn into a dance-theater collaboration.  But when dancer DeMaya Sanders and I started working on the piece, I realized she could be sooooo much more than just a stand!

She could become a character –  many characters: the goddess Diana, the princess Iphegenia.  She could dance with the harp, she could show it to the audience in ways I can’t myself.  Here are images from the rehearsal of “Electra’s Lyre”:

Electra tells the story of her family …

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“But hey, I’m a myth,” she says, “You can read my life like an open hieroglyph.”

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Electra tells of how her father sacrificed her sister Iphegenia to convince Diana to release the wind so he could “sail, sail, sail away”
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… and how when he came back her mother’s anger led to murder.
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“And when you tell my story … my story’s telling you.”
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Will I ever go back to using my metal harp stand? Not if I can help it.


To explore the possibility of a collaborative residency with your ensemble or university, email my office at info@hipharp.com.

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