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March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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What can I as an individual know? What seems out of reach? In fact, how does “knowing” come about? In everyday life, one faces such questions constantly. One is perplexed by events, by the opinions of others, with deciding how to act in circumstances with immediate or more long-term implications. In contrast, other moments can feel immediately “right”. There’s no friction. Living in this world of disrupted comfort, we seek perspective.

KNOWING / NOT KNOWING is an 80-minute musical work for narrator, recorded actors, live and filmed performers, projected imagery, San Diego’s SACRA/PROFANA Chorus, and 8-channel sound movement. The work’s text has nine sections spanning Infancy and Individuation through Communality and Knowledge. Its text draws from more than two dozen sources ranging from ancient Persian and Indian wisdom, through the contemporary voices of Chinua Achebe, Wallace Stevens, James Baldwin, Simone Weil, Albert Camus, Toni Morrison, Carlo Rovelli, David Brooks, Amanda Gorman  and many others. Although their perspectives span time and arise from the living of contrasted lives, the composite weave feels natural: many voices speaking as one about the lives we all lead.

“Trust implies a willingness to depend upon another.” … “Compassion is a miracle more astonishing than walking on water.” … “Make yourself into an agent – consistent, unified and whole.” … “Every human being is a miracle.”


Roger Reynolds, composer
Kyle Johnson, filmmaker and video design
Jacob Sundstrom, computer processing and sound design
Robert Castro, stage director
Steven Schick, conductor
Juan Carlos Acosta, choir preparation
Leslie Ann Leytham, creative producer


Aiyun Huang, percussion
Berk Schneider, trombone
Kosuke Matsuda, percussion
Monique Gaffney, actor


Park & Market
Sunday, March 17
7:00 – 8:30 pm.


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March 17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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