On the Hill, from It is SHE Who I See


“On the Hill” Craig Harris and Shape’s deconstruction of Rita Dove’s Poem, “The Hill has Something to Say.”


On the Hill, from It is SHE Who I See

"On the Hill" – Performance photo from Craig Harris' show “It is SHE Who I See”.
“On the Hill” – Performance photo from Craig Harris’ show It is SHE Who I See. © Melisande Charles 2012

“On the Hill 1, 2 and 3” are improvised deconstructions of Rita Dove’s Poem, “The Hill has Something to Say,” and was presented as part of Craig Harris’ production It is SHE Who I See, an immersive multimedia performance that celebrates the original woman who is in all of us.  

Rita Dove’s poem expresses the depth and meaning of all that has unfolded on the hill through time, reinforcing the thread that holds all time together in us.

The Hill Has Something to Say
 Rita Dove

 but isn't talking.
 Instead the valley groans as the wind,
 hoots its one bad note.
(See the entire poem here.)

It is SHE Who I See begins with Craig Harris’ composition “The Hill has Something to Say,” for Soprano, Piano and Amphora (soundscape), and is followed by “On the Hill,” an abstract improvisation of the poem in three sections performed by the SHAPE ensemble.

All sounds for “On the Hill” originate from the live voice, laptop electronic sounds, and live-captured and processed sounds, interspersed throughout the show. Vivian Corringham (vocalist) extemporizes with a broad vocal palette, with and without words; Stephen Goldstein (draws upon his vast toolbox of sounds, controllers and live performance techniques; Craig Harris records and processes them both, feeding the material back into the mix, to create a sound fabric that the three “shape” together.

“On the Hill” was performed in 2012 at Craig Harris’ production of It is SHE Who I See at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, a show that includes live and recorded music in a multi-dimensional soundspace, imagery and pre-taped performance projected onto a stage hung with translucent scrims, lighting design, and movement performed by a male theater artist exploring the states of balance and imbalance in his male and female energy.

Learn more about It is SHE Who I See.

“On the Hill” is available for download in mp3 format (great for general music listening), or in wav format (high resolution listening and public presentation).

“On the Hill” is one of several compositions available from Craig Harris’ show It is SHE Who I See, which incorporates selections from Harris’ repertoire created since 1983, including “The Hill has Something to Say;” “On the Hill 1, 2 and 3,” which are improvisations by the ensemble Shape deconstructing the poem “The Hill has Something to Say;” “Still,” “Now Time All Time,” “Gentle Rain,” “Lilacs in Spring in Terezin,” and “After the Storm,” from Harris’ Suite for Cello and Piano; “Beauty Awakens,” Beauty is…,” and “Deep Sleep,” from Harris’ Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite; “Threshold,” Harris’ 1983 chamber ensemble work recorded by the ensemble Zeitgeist; and “SHE is,” a work created for this production.

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On the Hill

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