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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), 2019
       
     
Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), 2019

Robert Mapplethorpe shook the world with his striking images of S/M, still lifes and black and interracial subjects -  thrusting the artist into the national eye within the unfolding drama of culture wars and obscenity trials. Thirty years after his death we still cannot turn away. Inspired by Mapplethorpe’s challenge of the ideals of artistic expression, human sexuality, and public decency, Bryce Dessner, one of the most sought-after contemporary composers of his generation, has set an original and soaring oratorio. This genre-melding theatrical event also features the poetry of Essex Hemphill, a poet, and activist working at the forefront of Black, Gay liberation throughout the 1980s and 90s and poet and muse Patti Smith. Filtered through the lens of a uniquely intergenerational and cross-cultural team of visionary artists including librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle, director Kaneza Schaal and designer Carlos Soto in collaboration with the renowned vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is an unblinking, present-day meditation on images that reject being relegated to the past. This multi-disciplinary mash-up of photography, music, and poetry asks us to reconsider what it is to see and be seen, putting the audience inside the artist’s viewfinder, to witness Mapplethorpe’s beautiful, bold, voracious interpretation of how nature and humans look, touch, feel, hurt and love one another.

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

composed by Bryce Dessner

libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle

featuring words by Essex Hemphill & Patti Smith

directed by Kaneza Schaal

featuring Roomful of Teeth

with Alicia Hall Moran & Isaiah Robinson

music direction & conducting by Brad Wells

produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann

in cooperation with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

associate director Lilleth Glimcher

associate music director William Brittelle

set & costume sesign by Carlos Soto

lighting design by Yuki Nakase

video by Simon Harding

production management by William Knapp

associate lighting design Valentina Migoulia

video engineer Moe Shahrooz

dramaturgy by Talvin Wilks & Christopher Myers

Music by Bryce Dessner is used with permission of Chester Music Ltd.

An ArKtype Production, 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. TRIPTYCH was co-commissioned by BAM; Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, 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 DirectCurrent 2019; ArtsEmerson: World on Stage, Emerson College, Boston, MA; Texas Performing Arts, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; the Momentary, Bentonville, AR, Celebrity Series of Boston, MA, and residency development through MassMOCA, North Adams, MA.

photographs: Maria Baranova-Suzuki, Carlos Soto

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