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based on a concept by Tom Teasley, Chao Tian, Nick Martin, A.J. Guban, and Allison Arkell Stockman
A multidisciplinary group embarks on a Constellation first: an original story developed collaboratively with the company of artists.
This world premiere production explores humanity's eternal search for oneness with the universe, weaving together scripture and poetry from around the globe in a captivating kaleidoscope of music, movement, and spoken word. Powered by a cross-cultural fusion of exuberant percussion and Chinese dulcimer from award-winning musicians and composers Tom Teasley and Chao Tian, Mysticism & Music invites audiences on a transcendent journey of crisis, ritual, community, healing, and celebration.
Run Time: 60 minutes
Recommended for ages 12+.
About The Show
We are here to celebrate the power of community. Since March 2020, we have experienced moments of loss and isolation, and we created this original piece to take a step towards healing, celebration and union.
We all know that music is a universal language with the power to stir deep emotions, and Tom and Chao create a unique fusion of cross-cultural traditions. “But what is mysticism?” you may ask. It’s a way of looking at the world and seeing a spark of the sacred in all people and all things. It’s the eye of Love gazing at divine realities, and understanding a true essence beyond appearances. It’s a belief in our union with the Absolute and the Infinite. It’s the realization that all our atoms vibrate with all the other atoms of the universe.
Ideas of Mysticism can be found in essentially all religions and spiritual traditions, from across the world and throughout time. The text in this show has been sourced from a wide range of sacred scriptures, as well as poems and books from many times and places. The ones we return to again and again are Hinduism’s The Bhagavad Gita; the Chinese Tao Te Ching, the Old and New Testaments and apocrypha from the time of Jesus, as well as the poems of Rumi, a poet from the Sufi branch of Islam. You’ll also hear words from Dante and Dr. King, from Mary Shelley and Maya Angelou.
As humans, we are united by a desire for meaning larger than ourselves and we are entranced by the promise of transformation. By drawing parallels, creating juxtapositions and layering these words with images, movement and music, we hope to illuminate and enhance the meaning of all the elements.
We are delighted that you have joined us for this experience.
Allison Arkell Stockman
Tony Thomas II
Scenic & Lighting Designer
Musician & Composer
Musician & Composer
Costume, Fabric and Fan Designer
George "Tommy" Wang
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Stage Manager Swing
Scenic Charge Artist
Light Board Programmer
Light Board Operator
Blue Land Media
Front of House Manager
Front of House Associates
Filmed by Blue Land Media
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.