Heart & Breath

Heart & Breath: Colombine’s Paradise Theatre

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About The Series

Opening Night

Each year, Miller launches its new programming season with a one-of-a-kind performance — often one of...

Opening Night

Heart & Breath

eighth blackbird

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Tickets on sale: Monday August 25, 12am

Miller opens its fall season with a captivating new production. A 21st-century fantasia on 17th-century Italian music and theater, Heart & Breath deftly combines modern arrangements of music by Gesualdo and Monteverdi with contemporary works that blend music, dance, and theater, including composer Amy Beth Kirsten's "wildly imaginative" (Washington Post) Colombine's Paradise Theatre. The six musicians of eighth blackbird play, speak, sing, whisper, growl, and mime, breathing theatrical life into the timeless characters of the commedia dell'arte in this uniquely immersive concert experience. Direction, design, and choreography for Colombine's Paradise Theatre by Mark DeChiazza.



  • Amy Beth Kirsten Colombine’s Paradise Theatre (2013) New York premiere
  • Richard Reed Parry Duo for Heart and Breath (2012)
  • Bon Iver, arr. Kaplan Babys (2009/13) New York premiere
  • Claudio Monteverdi, arr. Munro Lamento della Ninfa (1638/2013) New York premiere
  • Carlo Gesualdo, arr. Munro Moro, lasso al mio duolo (1611/2013) New York premiere