January 10 & 11 at 7:30PM

January 17-19, 24-26, 31 - February 1 & 2 at 7 PM

January 13, 20 & 27, February 3 at 9 AM & 3 PM

January 14 & 28, February 4 at 3 PM


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The Space at Irondale

85 S Oxford Street

Brooklyn, NY

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Terce: A Practical Breviary is a radical rethinking of a monastic 9:00 AM mass and an adaptation that reimagines the face of the “Holy Spirit” through the lens of the Divine Feminine. Sung by a community choir of 30-plus caregivers and makers, it is a wild meditation/celebration of the sacred mothers alive in all of us and how that manifests in regard to the Earth, each other, and ourselves. Inspired by ideas taken from three primary female mystics (Julian of Norwich, Hildegard von Bingen, and Robin Wall Kimmerer) this non-narrative song cycle blends new music, neo-soul, and gospel with traditional medieval organum— is percussed with active caretaking and craft making and is danced wildly. More of an event than an opera, it is built as an active ritual to celebrate and venerate our feminine alignment with nature and recover from living in the confines of a civilization built to control or ignore it.

Terce: A Practical Breviary is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Commissioning support provided by OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Additional support provided by Café Royal Cultural Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc. Commissioned, developed, and produced through HERE&Back as part of PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now. We are also grateful for support from Charlotte Isaacs and Andrea Kihlstedt.

TERCE - Prototype Festival



Your gift will support: the next big Ensemble production, our Youth Programs and To Protect, Serve and Understand - the groundbreaking program where police officers and civilians learn to communicate through theatre. And because we believe that art is so necessary to the life and health of a community we will make all tickets as close to being FREE, as we possibly can. New York City budget cuts have taken a chunk out of our budget and the only way we can make them up at this point in the year is with your help.

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The space at Irondale Building
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85 South Oxford Street
Fort Greene, Brooklyn 11217

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