By Blurt Staff
This just in from the Bryce Dessner camp:
Situated somewhere between erotic heat and cool classicism, the work of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe obliterates the high-low divide, exploding classical conceptions of beauty.
Fueled by a lifelong fascination with the artist’s transgressive, sacred-profane vision, composer Bryce Dessner, in collaboration with librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and directors Daniel Fish and Ashley Tata, invites us to experience these arresting images anew. Featuring photographic projections and a new score by Dessner, with poetry by Tuttle, Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith, along with adaring eight-person vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and a 12-piece chamber orchestra, the multimedia work Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)examines how we look and are looked at, bringing us face to face with our innermost desires, fears, and humanity.
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann,the concert version of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) will have its world premiere March 5, 2019 with the LA Phil, and the world premiere of the theatrical version will be March 16-17, 2019 with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, MI. Additional performances include March 22, 2019 at Big Ears, Knoxville, TN, April 6, 2019 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ newly minted Direct Current festival in DC, June 6-8 at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House and the Canadian premiere on June 22 as part of Toronto’s Luminato, following the European premiere at Holland Festival in Amsterdam on June 17. Additional worldwide engagements in 2019-20 will be confirmed in North America, Europe, Australia and beyond.
March 5, 2019, LA Phil, Los Angeles, CA (Concert Version)
Libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle
Directed by Daniel Fish & Ashley Tata
March 16-17 Ann Arbor, MI University Musical Society (World Premiere, Theatrical Version)