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Published on Apr 20, 2009
Musical Direction: Jason Moran, Alicia Hall Moran, Vaneese Thomas and Adam Pendleton. Testimonials by Jena Osman and Liam Gillick. Soloists: Renee Neufville, Vaneese Thomas and Clarissa Sinceno.
The Revival fused together the disjunctive genres of Southern-style religious revivals (including a 30-person Gospel choir) and avant-garde language practices. Pendleton's 'sermon' , dream of an uncommon language, invoked the power of experimental language to subvert everyday discourse. Composed of unattributed fragments taken from sources such as activist and playwright Larry Kramer and the progressive poets John Ashbery and Paolo Javier, the work combined the manipulative force of a revival with radically secular language and rhetoric.