Created and performed by Mary Prescott, Tida is an interdisciplinary performance examining intergenerational cultural identity through the artist’s maternal lineage. Integrating music, movement, word and film, Prescott investigates her mother’s undocumented Thai ancestry, her experience as a Southeast Asian immigrant raising biracial children in Midwest America, and the resulting impact of these histories on three generations of women.
Mary Prescott (she/her) is a Thai-American interdisciplinary artist, composer and pianist who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance. Featured in “21 for ‘21: Composers and Performers Who Sound Like Tomorrow,” The Washington Post describes her work as “a bright light cast forward… uncompromising,” and “masterfully envisioned.” Prescott is an awardee of the McKnight Composer Fellowship, National Performance Network Creation and Development Fund, New Music USA, The American Opera Project Composers and the Voice Fellowship, The Puffin Foundation, Opera America, and several state and regional arts councils. She has been commissioned by American Composers Forum, Roulette, Living Arts, Public Functionary, The Great Northern, White Snake Projects, Chautauqua Opera, The American Opera Project, Shepherdess Duo, Metropolis Ensemble, and Duo Harmonia; and has held residencies with Roulette, Chautauqua Institute, Lanesboro Arts, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Hudson Hall, The League of Independent Theater, and Arts Letters and Numbers. https://mary-prescott.com/