Presented by Texas Performing Arts
Presented in partnership with the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism at The Department of Theatre and Dance and KUTX’s Eklektikos with John Aielli
Thirty years after photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, it’s difficult to turn away from the compelling emotional complexity of his influential body of work. In this new performance piece, music, poetry, and photography come together in a theatrical context, exploring the impact Mapplethorpe’s work had on the lives and careers of composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle.
This major collaboration with director Kaneza Schaal, features the poetry of Tuttle, Essex Hemphill, Patti Smith, and others as well as the choral group Roomful of Teeth. It revisits the formative impact of Mapplethorpe’s work, inviting the audience to simultaneously experience Dessner’s music against some of the most captivating and divisive words and images the world has ever known.
Through music and large-scale projection of Mapplethorpe’s images, this extraordinary work allows the audience to peer inside Mapplethorpe’s bold, insatiable view of how human beings look, touch, feel, hurt, and love one another.
Triptych will contain a frank discussion of sexuality, queer identity, and race, and may include photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe depicting sexuality, sexual acts, nudity, flowers, and classical portraiture.
Composed by Bryce Dessner
Libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle
Featuring words by Essex Hemphill & Patti Smith
Directed by Kaneza Schaal
Associate Director Lilleth Glimcher
Featuring Roomful of Teeth with Alicia Hall Moran & Isaiah Robinson
Performance: Sept. 20, 2019, at 7:30 pm
To make special arrangements for your course, contact:
Judith Rhedin, Assistant Director, Campus & Community Engagement
Date and Time
Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr Austin Texas 78712