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Triptych
On the Work of Robert Mapplethorpe
(part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Saturday, April 6, 2019 8:00 PM

DIRECT CURRENT

Exploring the 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, the work of Patti Smith, and poetry by Essex Hemphill and others with large-scale projections of Mapplethorpe’s images. 

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$19.00 - $59.00

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Running Time: TBA

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Triptych
On the Work of Robert Mapplethorpe
Composed by Bryce Dessner
Libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle featuring the work of Patti Smith & Essex Hemphill
Directed by Daniel Fish
Featuring Roomful of Teeth (Brad Wells, Music Director & Conductor)
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 band The National. Combining music from the Grammy Award®–winning choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth, the work of Patti Smith, and poetry by Essex Hemphill and others with large-scale 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 DirectCurrent 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; 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 DirectCurrent 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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