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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:00 PM

DIRECT CURRENT

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is the first theatrical performance granted permission to explore and integrate the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Reflecting deeply on the continued impact of the late visual artist's photography, the East Coast premiere of this theater piece by librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and composer Bryce Dessner brings together choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth, and the poetry of Patti Smith and Essex Hemphill, with projections of Mapplethorpe’s breathtaking images.

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$19.00 - $59.00

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Running Time: TBA

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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
Libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle
Composed by Bryce Dessner
Directed by Daniel Fish
Featuring Roomful of Teeth
Music Direction & Conducting by Brad Wells
Video by TBD
Set Design by Paul Steinberg
Lighting Design by Yuki Nakase
Costumes by Carlos Soto
Associate Director Ashley Tata
Dramaturgy by Talvin Wilks
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
In cooperation with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Thirty years after the untimely death of photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe, his work remains emotionally complex, influential, and compelling. DIRECT CURRENT is thrilled to present the East Coast premiere of a Kennedy Center co-commission that pairs his photography with music and poetry in a theater piece exploring the impact of his art on the lives and careers of librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and composer Bryce Dessner, best-known as a member of the Grammy Award®–winning band The National. Combining music from the Grammy Award®–winning choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth, and poetry by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith, with dynamic projections of Mapplethorpe’s images, the work is directed by “magical manipulator” (The New York Times) Daniel Fish.

Part of the Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT celebration of contemporary culture

Photo Credit: Self Portrait, 1988 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

Commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for performance as part of DIRECT CURRENT 2019; Produced in Residency with and Commissioned by University Musical Society, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Co-produced by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel Music and Artistic Director. Co-commissioned by BAM; Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada; Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Athens, Greece; Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati, OH; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; Stanford Live, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Adelaide Festival, Australia; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for performance as part of DIRECT CURRENT 2019; ArtsEmerson: World on Stage, Emerson College, Boston, MA; Texas Performing Arts, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Barbican Centre, London; Holland Festival; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Triptych received a workshop through “Opera Fusion: New Works,” a joint venture between Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as a residency development through MassMOCA, North Adams, MA.
 

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