Emmy and Tony award winner Sonya Tayeh is the Lead Choreographer and will create the Prelude, Finale and transitions for the ensemble as well as the vignette titled Sun. Kristina & Sadé Alleyne, Juliano Nunes, Micaela Taylor, Yin Yue, and Jenn Freeman are notable new choreographic voices taking on Earth, Water, Fire, Stars and Death. Sir Robert Cohan, who danced in the original cast in 1952, created a new Wind vignette several months before he passed away in January of 2021, and Moon will have the original choreography by Martha Graham. Moon is one of the few sections of the Graham work that still exists.
A new score will be commissioned for the forty-five-minute work. Discussions with the renowned jazz pianist Jason Moran are underway.
Activities for community engagement will be created based on the new Canticle for students of all ages and aspiring dancers.