“Indra’s Net”, the new show by Meredith Monk, which premiered last weekend in Amsterdam, can be seen online from 29 June to 2 July.
Indra’s Net, Meredith Monk’s most recent work, finally premiered last Friday at the Gashouder in Amsterdam. The work was supposed to have premiered in 2020 but was delayed by the covid-19 pandemic, and finally, a year later, two live, internet-only performances of the concert version of the work were given at the Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Auditorium at Mills College in Oakland, California.
The real world premiere of Indra’s Net is therefore the one seen this weekend at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. The good news is that the show can be seen again online from 29 June to 2 July inclusive for fifteen euros.
Indra’s Net is the third chapter and conclusion of a trilogy on the relationship between humans and nature that began in 2013 with On Behalf of Nature – a plea for ecological awareness – and continued in 2018 with Cellular Songs – an inner exploration of the fundamental processes of nature. The title of this new work comes from a Hindu Buddhist legend in which King Indra spreads a bejewelled net across the universe, with each jewel reflecting all the others.
As an interdisciplinary artist, she has equally tackled composition, interpretation, film, choreography and performance, creating a form of Gesamtkunstwerk that resembles a constellation rather than a straight path, in which each medium depends on the other. This can be seen from 11 November until 3 March 2024 in the exhibition Meredith Monk: Calling at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. This will be the most comprehensive work to date on the celebrated American artist, featuring works spanning her six-decade career.