THE DAY is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang.

Photo by Hayim Heron

A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

Photo by Hayim Heron

Cellist Maya Beiser, who conceived the piece, has been described by the Boston Globe as “a force of nature” and by Rolling Stone as a “cello rock star,” and is a veteran of the world’s most revered stages. Wendy Whelan, widely considered one of the world’s leading dancers, spent 30 years as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and originated numerous roles in new works by the world’s most esteemed choreographers. The two will be onstage all evening, embodying the iconic choreography of Lucinda Childs (a Commandeur in France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and 2018 inductee in Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance) to the original music of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang.

2019-2020 performances

Photo by Nils Schlebusch

Performers Wendy Whelan and Maya Beiser
Choreography Lucinda Childs

Words and Music David Lang

Scenic design Sara Brown
Sound design Dave Cook
Projection design Joshua Higgason
Lighting design Natasha Katz
Costume design Karen Young

Creative producer Maya Beiser
Managing producer Christina Jensen
Production manager Emily McGillicuddy

Lighting supervisor Alejandro Fajardo

Projections supervisor Jess Medenbach

THE DAY, Part 1: the day
THE DAY, Part 2: world to come

Recorded vocals, text, and multitrack cello performed by Maya Beiser.

the day and world to come composed by David Lang are performed by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., music publisher and copyright owner.