’21-’22 Artist in Residence at La MaMa E.T.C.

“I love the term residency. It is a home. We all need a place to come together. We all need a place to gravitate towards – an epicenter – and La MaMa feels like that.”

Truth Bachman in conversation with artistic director, Mia Yoo.

I’m so grateful to be in residence at this beautiful space and company. My first task was to compose a score commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It was an honor and a challenge that I’m really thankful for. I believe that art is one of the greatest tools we have for accessing history and cultural memory. To help tell a story that is rarely or never taught in American schools is really a privilege and I’m honored to have been part of it.

I have many exciting things in store for the rest of the residency. Several new projects that are in various stages of being born, growing up, and coming into their true from. I am very excited about using La MaMa’s space to develop the next stages of Shapeshifters: A Queer Comic Book Musical (more news on that soon…), and its very first companion piece, Luna and the Starbodies.

Luna was one of my my pandemic projects and I’m so excited it’s finally going to be seen by the world this spring. It’s a beautiful story of hope, about a young woman who travels to the deepest regions of space to find freedom, autonomy, and her own giant destiny. I can’t wait for you to see it.

Stay tuned for updates very soon and enjoy this short clip from the Tulsa score.

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