On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and described the United States as a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” L’sGA : Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address provides a new perspective on Lincoln’s most famous and influential statement on our national purpose—that the dream of America has not been realized for all Americans.
Nearly 160 years later, as we continue to witness disproportionate brutality against Black Americans, NON:op presents three commissioned works by Black artists that re-interpret and re-present Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Sal Martirano’s 1967 antiwar classic, L’sGA. Artists explore themes of liberty, oppression, patriotism, racism, revolution, and police brutality using music, words, video, dance, and performance.
featuring the Adrian Dunn Singers
April 13, 2024, First Presbyterian Church, Woodlawn
April 20, 2024, Stone Temple Baptist Church, North Lawndale
April 27, 2024, TBD
Memoria de Memoria—or “Memory of the Heart”—is an hour-long meditative composition for twelves voices by Christophe Preissing performed by the Adrian Dunn Singers. The names of all 2023 homicide victims will be spoken in time—January through December—with each day represented by ten seconds of the score. Additional music by Adrian Dunn will also be presented.
For a fifth consecutive year, NON:op Open Opera Works and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology team up to offer HEAR BELOW: a subterranean, site-specific soundwalk through Chicago’s Pedway system. This year’s COVID-conscious, self-guided installment of HEAR BELOW, titled “My Pedway Soundwalk” invites participants to rediscover the act of listening and to share their experiences using audio, video, still images and text.
What do you hear? My Pedway Soundwalk takes place in April and May 2023, and is an invitation to discover what listening means to YOU in these unusual sonic spaces and to share your experiences with us.
An ongoing research and mapping project intended to identify, locate, and remember Black Americans killed by police since 1919. Formally launched in January 2021, and is currently staffed by Lead Researcher-Supervisor, Ronald Browne; Project Manager, Dr. Saba Ayman-Nolley; Northeastern Illinois University academic supervisor for map development. It is designed with an open-ended timeline to permit several successive years of research, the development of an interactive map, and the accumulation of community contributions.