Lullaby Moon

Seattle, WA

Lullaby Moon was a free, year-long performance cycle that transformed Seattle’s built and natural environments into a participatory world of dreams, drawing residents by tens of thousands into Seattle’s parks and civic spaces by night. At twilight, celestial characters illuminated Seattle’s waters, parks and landmarks. Grandmother Owls sang from historic bell towers, Otherworldly Horses waltzed through parks with their Yearlings. Giant canopy beds transported sleepy-headed Clocks across Lake Union. Spun with dance, classical music, theatre, and myth, made larger than life by an ensemble of more than 150 professional performers and musicians, these epic, free participatory performances took place on each new moon for an entire lunar year starting in October 2008. Drawing on elements and symbols from the celestial sphere, Lullaby Moon celebrated our precious place in the Milky Way galaxy and the promise inherent in every one of our dreams. Month after month, as word of Lullaby Moon spread throughout Seattle, increasingly vast crowds came to experience our performances.

Lullaby Moon involved long-term, city-wide collaboration with numerous civic agencies, cultural organizations, businesses, and clubs, including the Port of Seattle, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Special Events Committee, Seattle Police Department, Harbor Patrol Unit, 4Culture, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, University of Washington School of Drama, Renton Technical College’s Culinary Arts Program, the Center for Wooden Boats, the Century Ballroom, ARC School of Ballet, the Savoy Swing Club, and the Rainbow City Marching Band. The work was created by professional artists of all kinds, along with community members—all of whom volunteered more than 50,000 collective hours of their time.

Lullaby Moon was supported by 4Culture, the Site-Specific Performance Network, the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Bullivant Houser Bailey, and the generosity of individual donors.

The most beautiful public art I have ever seen.
The performance on Sunday made me proud to be a member of the human race. I wish everyone in the world could see and hear this remarkable work.
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Creative Collaborators: Lucia Neare, Matt Goodrich, John Small, David Verkade, Stacey Hansen, Mark Haim, Guy Caridi, Jessica Jobaris, Karn Junkinsmith, Cathy Madden, Olivier Wevers, Josh Van Natta, Damian Amrhein, Derek Potts, Apple Clawson, Jake Beatty, Ruth Baugh, Barbara Fugate, Rob D’Arc, Ruth Baugh, Omar Ramos, Beth Brock, Paul Murphy

Musicians: Matt Goodrich, Holly Eckert, Rich Eckert, Thomasa Eckert, Toby Hansen, André Goodrich, Jill Jaques, Brian Wharton Dennis Staskowski, Scott McPherson, Larry Leggett, Buddy Mahoney, Claude Ginsburg, Irene Mitri, Greg Powers, Terry Wergeland, Paul Anastasio, T Rudy Harper, Jim Knodle, Danny Sullivan, Kimberly Wester, Lucia Neare

Performers: Whitney Lawless, Naomi Russell, Jens Wazel, Julia Beers, Christine Longé, Gabby Bruya, Robin Campbell, Shellie Gravitt, Rosa Vissers, Liz Cortez, Sruti Arun Desai, Jennifer Peterson, Hendri Walujo, Lila Hurwitz, Kathryn Padberg, Jenna Bean Veatch, Christian Swenson, Lee Ann Hittenberger, Craig Sheiber, Abigail Taylor, Lynne Compton, Winfield Hobbs, Justice Beitzel, Guy Caridi, Esme DeCoster, Keziah Eckert, Parlin Shields, Barret Withington, Gina Coffman, Cody Strauss, Lucia Neare, Joan Jankowski, Cathy Madden, Buddy Mahoney, Lott Martin, Dean Paton, Rich Hawkins, Gloria Boehm-Yu, Sophia Schloss, Kristianne Huntsberger, Victoria Jacobs, Annie McGhee, Nasim Simmons, Lilah Steece, Kari Morehouse, Deirdre Africa, Victoria Gersh, Kaveri Hurwitz, Heidi Korndorffer, David Roby, Bryan Thomas, Kepler Swanson, Teresa Horton, Charlotte Newman, Becky Peterson, Annette Toutonghi, Jeanne Lee, Barbara Fugate, David Ruggiero, Vittoria Micalizzi, Llysa Holland, Ricky Coates, Jodi Fleischman, Annie Hewlett, Edan Gehman, Annelih G. Holganza, Katie Kovacich, Lott Martin, Heike Lehmann, Prim Santoro, Vaiva Palunas, Anna Mulia, Sarah Mercer, Uraina Nagy Linda Kokanovich, Jodi Fleischman, Wallis Cole, Isabel Lang, Anna Leipertz, Ariana Marvin, Peyton McKenny, Allie Perrow, Syringa Rose, Mykalena Sheldon, Malia Bowly, Caprice Abowitt, Kristy Burd, Tiffany Brezak, Kim Lavoie, Christin Lusk, Anh Nguyen, Sarah Oates, Clara Scudder-Davis, Beth Wade, Danny Berg, Evan Feen, Julie Haack, Anna Kalen, Taffy Kehrwald, Wen Marcoux, Linda Wilson, Irene Mitri, JS Parker, Tracy Patton, Annette Romano, Judy Allvin, Paul Bullard, Sean Donovan, Mary Edanshaw, Phyllis Mansfield, Phil McBride, Bob Nyberg, Pat Prentice, Janet Raynor, Rosa Radding, Bonnie Thomas, Bruce Wolcott, Lisa Ryan Thompson

We cannot express our appreciation for what the wonderful Lullaby Moon brought to our family: treasured memories, enchanted stories that we continue to tell over and over again, and a forever transformed relationship to the places in our city.