October 23 - November 21, 2021
an original story created by Tom Teasley, Chao Tian, Allison Arkell Stockman and A.J. Guban
Captivating music, movement, and spoken word merge in this world premiere piece inspired by sacred texts from around the world.
Longtime collaborators Tom Teasley, Allison Stockman and A.J. Guban are joined by Chao Tian in this original piece exploring ancient spiritual literature, poetry, and folklore from around the globe. Following their Helen Hayes Award-nominated collaboration on 2019’s The White Snake, the award-winning musical duo of Teasley and Tian will compose and perform a propulsive new soundscape powered by a cross-cultural fusion of exuberant percussion and Chinese dulcimer.
Singers and dancers join this multidisciplinary group of collaborators to take audiences on a transcendent journey, awakening your senses with spectacular sound, imagery, and light.
Run Time: 75 minutes
Recommended for ages 12+.
In The News
"It's the music, from the team of Tom Teasley on percussion, and Chao Tian on Chinese dulcimer, performing as the group Dong Xi, that heightens the action into a kind of splendid unfolding musical fantasy, punctuating every movement and emotion in an authentic way, down to the gong that begins the show."
About the Artists
Tom Teasley (Composer/Musician) is delighted to return to Constellation after composing original scores for The Arabian Nights, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Oresteia, Temptation, Crazyface, The Ramayana, The Green Bird, Metamorphoses, Gilgamesh, The Love of the Nightingale, The Fire and The Rain, and Journey to the West. He received Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Sound Design for Constellation’s productions of Crazyface and The Ramayana. He also received nominations for The Green Bird, The Love of the Nightingale, The Fire and the Rain, Journey to the West, and The Arabian Nights. A five-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for performances in the Middle East, Tom collaborated with indigenous musicians and gave historic performances in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the West Bank and Jerusalem. He has been an artist-in-residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has collaborated with the National Symphony as both a soloist and composer. Tom was awarded the 2016 Drum! Magazine Drummie Awards for “World Percussionist.” His CDs have been greeted with international airplay and acclaim, and his concepts on world/jazz percussion are published in a book/DVD set, An American Approach to World Percussion. TomTeasley.com
Chao Tian (Composer/Musician) is a leading performer on the Chinese dulcimer, Artistic Director of Chinese Music Society of Greater Washington, and an alumni of the Artist in Residence program at Strathmore Music Center. Chao has established a career as a soloist, educator, and composer in traditional Chinese music and other genres. Chao has broken through boundaries with music and she showcases the possibilities of creating music through improvisation and dialogue with musicians from the east to the west.
Allison Arkell Stockman