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And am I born to die?

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August 12, 2011 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

Red Resurrected at the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival
Isabel Nelson and the Ensemble

And am I born to die?
And lay this body down?
And as my trembling spirits fly
Into a world unknown

They had me at Idumea, a shape note hymn that has always been one of my favorites, and is in the preview music for my own show. But I was unprepared for how the haunting quality of that hymn, and others, would combine with the fluid physicality of this ensemble. To be able to move like that AND sing like that must be the height of bliss. The story focuses on how social taboo engenders transgression, and offers a feminine alternative that honors healthy curiosity and a desire to learn and be efficacious in the world. What big eyes you have, Isabel.

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