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About Love Songs

"Love Songs" is a composition by Canadian/Serbian composer Ana Sokolovic. In its original form, it breaks the bonds of narrative to be an hour long free-form exploration of the various natures of human love. Written for one unaccompanied soprano, the songs set various poems about love in all its forms – maternal, platonic, amorous, erotic. At times silly, sad, sexy, strange, these songs are broken up by movements Sokolovic calls DOVES, in which the words “I Love You” are spoken and sung in hundred of languages.

This work is also intended to be free to the performer’s interpretation, and for this late night cabaret experience, Maribeth Diggle (from IN Series' 2019 production of "Butterfly") returns from Belgium to create a performance experience that blends Sokolovic’s composition with elements of free improvisation, collaboration with Baltimore vocal-percussion and beat-box artist Shodekeh, movement and play, and audience live participation in creating the work. This experimental project uniquely explores the power of sound to express the deep longings of the heart.

The performance will be preceded by a "Knee-Play Conversation" beginning at approximately 8:30pm featuring Alliance for New Music-Theatre member Susan Galbraith discussing the creative experience and the performer as creator in the productions of "Love Songs" and "Here Be Sirens."


Maribeth Diggle, soprano and director

in collaboration with Susan Galbraith

Shodekeh, vocal percussionists

Run Time

1hr 0min (No Intermission)

Start Date

End Date

GALA Theatre

3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

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