CHORAL MARX: MANIFESTO FOR THE COMMUNIST PARTY IN EIGHT MOVEMENTS


with Benjamin Bath, Gelsey Bell, Sarah Chihaya, Hai-ting Chinn, Tomás Cruz, Amirtha Kidambi, Gizelxanath Rodriguez, and Ryan Tracy; costumes by effie bowen; assistant directed by Kristen Holfeur
NYU Skirball, October 2018

Choral Marx: Manifesto for the Communist Party in Eight Movements is a singing adaptation of Samuel Moore’s 1888 English translation of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s 1848 Manifesto for the Communist Party. It is a piece for mixed chorus—mixed not just in terms of gendered voice parts but also in terms of training and ability—made up of vocalists from both the contemporary music scene and socialist organizing communities, accompanied by Philbrick on cello.

“‘Choral Marx’ sets ‘The Communist Manifesto’ to Music,” JW McCormack, The Nation

“Entertaining Marx in the Machine of Capital,” Adam R. Burnett, The Brooklyn Rail

“Celebrating Karl Marx,” VICE News

Choral Marx: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels's Manifesto for the Communist Party in Eight Movements from Ethan Philbrick on Vimeo.