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Friday, March 15, 2019 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00 PM // Power Center

World Première
American Wedding

Thirty years after photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, we still cannot turn away from the compelling emotional complexity of his influential body of work. In American Wedding, music, poetry, and photography come together in a theatrical context, exploring the impact of the work Mapplethorpe had on the lives and careers of composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and librettist Robert O’Hara, both natives of Cincinnati.

Their exposure to the explosive protests surrounding Mapplethorpe’s work rooted a lifelong kinship to his pivotal body of work and its power to upend our beliefs about black/white, female/male, queer/straight, art/porn, sacred/profane, classical/contemporary, low art/high art, and political/personal.

This major collaboration with director Daniel Fish, featuring the poetry of Essex Hemphill and others as well as the choral group Roomful of Teeth, revisits the formative impact of Mapplethorpe’s work, inviting the audience to simultaneously experience Dessner’s music against the most electrifying and divisive words and images the world has ever known.
Through music and large-scale projection of Mapplethorpe’s images, this unprecedented work allows an audience to peer inside Mapplethorpe’s bold, voracious view of how human beings look, touch, feel, hurt and love one another.

A world premiere co-production and co-commission of University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann in cooperation with
Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Co-produced by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association as part of the LA Phil Centennial Season Green Umbrella Series, Luminato Festival, Toronto; Cincinnati Opera; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley; Stanford Live; Adelaide Festival, Australia; and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00 PM // Power Center
World Première
American Wedding

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3/15/19 8:00 PM
3/16/19 8:00 PM

Power Center

World Première
American Wedding

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Thirty years after photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, we still cannot turn away from the compelling emotional complexity of his influential body of work. In American Wedding, music, poetry, and photography come together in a theatrical context, exploring the impact of the work Mapplethorpe had on the lives and careers of composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and librettist Robert O’Hara, both natives of Cincinnati.

Their exposure to the explosive protests surrounding Mapplethorpe’s work rooted a lifelong kinship to his pivotal body of work and its power to upend our beliefs about black/white, female/male, queer/straight, art/porn, sacred/profane, classical/contemporary, low art/high art, and political/personal.

This major collaboration with director Daniel Fish, featuring the poetry of Essex Hemphill and others as well as the choral group Roomful of Teeth, revisits the formative impact of Mapplethorpe’s work, inviting the audience to simultaneously experience Dessner’s music against the most electrifying and divisive words and images the world has ever known.
Through music and large-scale projection of Mapplethorpe’s images, this unprecedented work allows an audience to peer inside Mapplethorpe’s bold, voracious view of how human beings look, touch, feel, hurt and love one another.

A world premiere co-production and co-commission of University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann in cooperation with
Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Co-produced by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association as part of the LA Phil Centennial Season Green Umbrella Series, Luminato Festival, Toronto; Cincinnati Opera; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley; Stanford Live; Adelaide Festival, Australia; and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00 PM, Power Center
World Première
American Wedding

PERFORMANCE DAY:

March 2019
SMTWTFS
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PERFORMANCE TIME:

Subscribe

Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

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