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Meredith Monk: Inner Voice
A film by Babeth M. VanLoo

82 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2009

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Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer and creator of new opera, music theater, films and installations. She has been proclaimed as a ‘magician of the voice’ and ‘one of America’s coolest composers.’ During a career that spans more than 45 years, Monk has been hailed by audiences and critics as a major creative force in the performing arts.

Inner Voice celebrates Monk’s life and work, and illuminates the role that Buddhism has had in her artistic practice. Using a wealth of resource material including personal archives, film clips of performances, and interviews with her collaborators, as well as conversations with the multi-talented artist herself, director Babeth M. Vanloo articulates Monk’s extraordinary drive to live for, and through, artistic expression. Tracing the path of her unceasing creativity up to and including her 2008 music theater piece, Songs of Ascension, the documentary elucidates the mystical nature of artistic creation and the life-affirming energy of an authentic inner voice.

A Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation production.


"Always compelling, often ravishing. Feel your own horizons grow as you watch and listen." - Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

"An admiring portrait of an individual whose calm, joyous personality makes her quite wonderful company, both at work and in conversation." - Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Babeth M. VanLoo’s documentary gives full rise to Monk’s multigenerational selves, always making performance new." - Hilton Als, The New Yorker

"A profoundly moving tribute to one of America’s greatest living performers, choreographers, and composers. Babeth M. VanLoo has created a film of immense beauty and historical value about one of the great creative minds of our age."
- Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Recommended Reading

Meredith Monk (PAJ Books: Art + Performance) ed. Deborah Jowitt

The Knowing Body: The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance by Louise Steinman




Disc Features

●  Bonus Film: Live performance of Monk’s seminal work Dolmen Music
●  Tricycle interview with director Babeth M. Vanloo

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