Constance DeJong, librettist to Satyagraha Constance DeJong (born 1950) is an American artist writer and playwright. She is probably best known as the writer on the libretto of Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha. She is also well known for her numerous collaborations with Tony Oursler on projects such as Fantastic Prayers. DeJong has exhibited internationally with projects produced by organizations such as the Dia Foundation for the Arts and Minetta Brook. She is currently a professor of art and time based media at Hunter College.
Constance DeJong librettist born 1950
Most recently, in April, 2008, Satyagraha was put into a new production at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 2006 she wrote the text for SuperVision, a collaboration with The Builder’s Association which premiered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York City.
Constance DeJong’s writing is closely tied to performative practice. Her first book, Modern Love, was published in 1977 by Standard Editions. In 1978, this text was adapted into a 60-minute radio program accompanied by the ”Modern Love Waltz” a piano composition by Philip Glass. A subsequent work published in 1978, The Lucy Amarillo Stories, was a collection of poetry also read aloud by the artist in a 1977 performance at The Kitchen. Glass wrote a duet for flute and harmonica, titled ’Lucy’s Music’, for the Kitchen performances. The music was performed by Richard Landry and Ken Deifik.
- Modern Love. Standard Editions, 1977 (N7433.4.D44 1977).
- The Lucy Amarillo Stories. Standard Editions, 1978 (ISBN 0-918746-03-5).
- Satyagraha, M.K. Gandhi in South Africa, 1893–1914. Tanam Press, 1983 (ISBN 0-934378-43-6).
- I.T.I.L.O.E. Top Stories, 1983.
Constance DeJong is an artist and writer who produces fiction texts and language/image based work for performance and theater, audio and video installations. For twenty years, she has worked on performances that combine spoken word texts with audio, video and interactive elements.
With Tony Oursler and Stephen Vitiello, DeJong authored ”Fantastic Prayers,” a series of performances, installation and a CD ROM art work produced by Dia Center for the Arts. DeJong also created a number of permanent outdoor audio installations produced by Minetta Brook in London, Beacon New York, Seattle and New York City. She collaborated on ”SuperVision,” a 2006 Builders Association theater production that premiered at the Walker Museum (Minneapolis) and BAM (NYC); is librettist for ”Satyagraha: MK Gandhi In South Africa,” a Philip Glass opera; new production April 2008, Metropolitan Opera, NYC. DeJong is launching an on-line available edition of audio/visual objects, 2008, ”Spirit Table,” ”Lamplight,” ”Go Chair.” Found, a new novel, will be published late 2011 and accompanied by a series of media-spoken word performances.