mayday heyday parfait

Tickets: General Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the door (cash only) Students and Seniors: $10 in advance and at door (must present valid […]
January 7 & 8, 2019 at 7:30pm
CPR - Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn


General Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the door (cash only)
Students and Seniors: $10 in advance and at door (must present valid ID)
Youth (18 and under): free (must present valid ID)
APAP Professionals: free (to reserve, please contact CPR Marketing:

Jonah Bokaer / The Commons Choir (Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik)

Co-produced by Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, Inc and The Prosodic Body LLC

Performed by Anaïs Maviel, Aram Jibilian, Carol Porteous, Cerentha Cook, Cole Highnam, Drew Devero Belfon, Ichi Go Ilona Bito, Jean Carla Rodea and Saúl Ulerio

Directed by Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik

Composer and musical director: Anais Maviel

Light designer: Tuce Yasak + Assistant (TBD)

Consultant Producer: Marya Wethers

mayday heyday parfait, commissioned by BRIC Arts Media, premiered November, 2017 with a cast of 23 performers combining song, dance, and poetry to illuminate how our stories and histories are irrevocably interdependent. For APAP 2018, The Commons Choir reimagines the piece on an intimate scale.

“Isn’t it imperative/ to cross the sea/ to cross the street/ this time around/ to go straight to the wound/ and do not touch”

The Commons Choir’s new work, MAYDAY HEYDAY PARFAIT, sets humanity’s troubles and highest aspirations to song, dance, and poetry, exploring the human capacity for empathy across difference.  A diverse cast of eleven weaves a multi-layered narrative of complex musical harmonies and highly personal movement – from the violence of history that brought us to where we are now, to a way forward where individuals follow their own paths and yet still feel their connection to others. Like the title whimsically references: MAYDAY (distress signal, call for help) HEYDAY (period of great success) PARFAIT (French: perfect; layered concoction), our stories and our histories are irreducible and interdependent. Our collective force may be strong if we can find a way to undiscover ourselves and meet again.

The Commons Choir is deeply thankful to Emily Harney for her ongoing support at BRIC and beyond and to BJ Evens for her production management of mayday heyday parfait.

The Commons Choir also express gratitude to the multitude of performers who informed the content of the piece.

Image © Ryan Muir