Sign & Sing

Reimagining Classical Music with ASL

Sign & Sing is the integration of American Sign Language (ASL) and classical music in order to elevate storytelling in an operatic and recital environment.

When created successfully, the visualisation of song, like choreography, can heighten the emotional experience found in the music.

Although simultaneous ASL performance with live music has become more popular in rock music and in musical theatre, the combination of both languages - music and sign - is rarely witnessed in the operatic world.

The ASL performance is a central component instead of a translation at the corner of the stage or captions on a distant screen.

 

Photographer: Jessica Bal

Performers: Katherine Dubbs and Lisa Dennett

Theater: Symphony Space, New York, 2016

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