William Johnson

William Johnson, Minnesota, received $20,000 to support the creation two new works: W/LLS, a solo voice and electro-acoustic project connecting American spiritual idioms and contemporary sound design and composition; and Dancing Plague, a sound-based composition for a collaborative theatrical work exploring the Dancing Plague of 1518, a widespread class revolt in Strasbourg that manifested in uncontrollable movement and dancing, and its relevance to America in 2017. Both works are focused on how sound and composition reflect national and transnational constructions of “spirit” and “spirituality” while engaging the contemporary notion of America’s current “spiritual blackout.”

About this grant

Grant Program
Fellowship for Composers and Sound Artists


Guidelines and more information about the new Artist Fellowship program are now available. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 4 pm Central / 5 pm Eastern Time.

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