National Sawdust: folds

The Wallis Presents

May 21 - 22 | 8:00 PM



The Wallis has made the difficult but important decision to cancel or postpone all performances through May 31, 2020, including National Sawdust’s folds concert. If you are a current ticket holder for this event, our Ticket Services office will be reaching out to you directly to discuss options available to you for your already-purchased tickets.

Miranda Cuckson, violin
Katharina Rosenberger, composer
John Burnett, media artist

Beginning with folds, a half-hour multimedia work by composer Katharina Rosenberger and video designer John Burnett, this evening with violinist Miranda Cuckson explores memory, fragility and durability, old and new technologies, and the artistic creations of women. folds considers the physical and sonic properties of paper, its use over centuries to document and preserve music, and the ephemeral nature of music and sound. Recognizing that women’s compositions have been particularly lost to history, Katharina Rosenberger’s music for violin and electronics creates a dialogue with a work by 17th-century composer Barbara Strozzi, whose music has recently received a resurgence of interest. In folds, Miranda Cuckson plays both composers’ music and, along with several stagehands, activates a variety of amplified paper objects. Drawing a larger web among women composers from around the world, evocative recent compositions for violin by Rozalie Hirs, Liza Lim, and Aida Shirazi also convey delicacy and ephemerality but also a sense of far-off voyage and exploration. 


Folds by Katharina Rosenberger
article 4 [landkaartje - map butterfly] by Rozalie Hirs
Sāniyă by Aida Shirazi
The SuSong Star Map by Liza Lim

Join us for a post-show talk-back with the artists on both evenings.