A Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Gets a Modern Makeover in Manhattan

All photography by Gillian Steiner.

It’s been more than a few years since the last Child of the Church production, but finally, a new work by the company has arrived. "Spirit and Soul Become Confused” was helmed by director and vocalist Lucia della Paolera in collaboration with composer and producer Gobby, running for two nights at Saint Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan last weekend. The new production was supposed to debut back in 2020 as the sequel to their first, “my heart swims in blood,” 2019, but some biblically sized obstacles got in the way, including a global pandemic and a foundation-shaking flood.

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