Nov 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

TICKETS $30 | Doors open 6:30pm


National Sawdust

80 North 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249 United States

Isterica  delves deep into the history and stories around hysteria. From the Hippocratic notion that hysteria was caused by the uterus wandering around the woman’s body, to the Freudian notion that it was the result of repressed memories of sexual trauma, Isterica  is a compelling exploration of perceptions around gender, the transgressive nature of the female form, and the emancipation of female sexuality.

Composer/multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón, one of Paste magazine’s “20 most innovative musicians working today,” joins forces with singer/composer Muriel Louveau and dancer/choreographer Emily Marie Pope for a collaborative and improvised work that explores the historical and sociocultural dynamics of hysteria.

The performance will be followed by a talk with psychoanalyst Paola Mieli and the artists.

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Photo credit: self-portrait by Autumn Kioti


Muriel Louveau, born in Brittany, is an eclectic French composer, performance-­maker, and singer. She refers to her vocal work as “medieval contemporary,” inspired by ancient and foreign music, and she creates her own imaginary language spanning centuries and crossing ethnic and spiritual divides. International events include, in the USA: Next Wave Festival (BAM), Le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Arts Space, and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore; and in Europe: SKIFF in St Petersburg, French Spring Festival (Latvia), and Europe XXL Lille 3000 (France). Her Skana  project is an ongoing dramatic musical piece inspired by the album she co-created with composer Charles B Kim and including New York dancer Emily Marie Pope (performances at Theaterlab in 2014-2015). Louveau has also been commissioned to record four educational albums for French-speaking children, which received Teachers Choice and Académie Charles Cros Awards. Recent events include a poetic sound installation, Vocals in the Dark, at FiveMyles gallery in Brooklyn (June 2017–2018). She is currently collaborating with director Ildiko Nemeth (New Stage Theatre Company) to create the soundtrack of her next performance  Near to the Wild Heart, inspired by the novel by Clarice Lispector.

“The variety of Louveau’s colors is staggering, spanning the gamut from rib-shaking depth to stratospheric airiness” -Tyran Grillo

For more information about the work of Muriel Louveau, please visit her website.

National Sawdust

National Sawdust’s mission is rooted in music discovery that is open, inclusive, and based in active mentorship of emerging artists, while building new audiences and communities of music devotees.

National Sawdust engages artists in an ecosystem of incubation to dissemination, programming groundbreaking new music in our state-of-the-art Williamsburg venue, and developing and touring new, collaborative music-driven projects — the National Sawdust DNA produces and presents world-class artistic work which embraces a wide stylistic approach to music.

National Sawdust believes in being an innovative leader in changing the landscape of contemporary music, by bringing all voices to the stage and beyond — artistic representation that reflects the ever-evolving multicultural society in which we live.