SOLUNA Announces Caravan - Terence Blanchard, Rennie Harris and Andrew Scott
SOLUNA ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE COMMISSION FOR 2019 FESTIVAL
CARAVAN: A REVOLUTION ON THE ROAD
TERENCE BLANCHARD | RENNIE HARRIS | ANDREW SCOTT
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Majestic Theatre
Live, multi-layered, collaborative performance will reflect on personal, racial and cultural identity in contemporary society
Dallas, TX (August 2, 2018) – The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival today announced a world premiere performance co-commissioned by SOLUNA for the 2019 festival. Caravan: A Revolution on the Road is a multi-disciplinary collaboration by GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz artist Terence Blanchard, internationally renowned choreographer Rennie Harris and Dallas-based visual artist Andrew Scott. The world premiere performance will be on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the Majestic Theatre in Downtown Dallas. Tickets for Caravan will go on sale on Thursday, October 25, 2018, and will start at $19. Following its premiere in Dallas, Caravan will tour the US at venues including Austin’s Bass Concert Hall at UT Austin.
Caravan will bring together live musical performances by Blanchard and his band, the E-Collective, choreography by Harris and dance by his company, Puremovement, and Scott’s visual projections, sculpture and projection mapping. The performance will expand upon a theme that Terence Blanchard began exploring a few years ago: racial tension and injustice. Responding to recent events, Blanchard and the E-Collective recorded an album, Breathless, and performed the music from the album across America, visiting cities, including Dallas, that were impacted by recent acts of violence by and against police officers. Recognizing the healing effect of music, Blanchard decided to continue the project and engage additional artists. Caravan will add a new dimension to the work that Blanchard has done to bring about a changing of hearts and souls.
Prior to the performance, SOLUNA and Dallas Black Dance Theatre will co-host a community discussion about racial healing and the arts. The talk will be on Tuesday, April 9, 2018 at 12:00PM at DBDT’s studios and offices at 2700 Ann Williams Way, the historic, prior residence of the Moorland YMCA. The discussion will be free with RSVP. More details will be available in the fall.
Discussion panel members will include Terence Blanchard, Andrew Scott and emerging choreographer and Dallas native My’kal J. Stromile. Additionally, SOLUNA has commissioned a new work by Stromile that will be premiered during DBDT: Encore!’s Rising Excellence performances on April 12 and 13, 2018.
“SOLUNA has always been a festival in which the Dallas Symphony pushes beyond its traditional genres and performances to engage and connect with audiences in new ways,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Orchestra President & CEO. “Caravan is an extension of that and directly discusses important and tragic events from Dallas’s recent history. More importantly, it demonstrates how music and art can be the catalyst for positive and meaningful social change.”
“Breathless, which was my first recording with my electric band, and my recent album LIVE, which was partly recorded here in Dallas, were meant to further the conversation about gun violence and to heal the wounds left in communities by these incidents,” said Blanchard. “I wanted to find a way to expand this musical statement and collaborating with Rennie Harris and Andrew Scott helped me realize that. We’ve had different experiences, but we share a lot of the same ideas, which Rennie and Andrew can express in three dimensions.”
“Dallas is a city that has a bold vision where great, innovative things get done,” said Scott. “Although many may not realize it, this performance is a historical theatrical event. It is a celebration of both the history and contemporary expression of American art forms that have influenced the world by artists who exhibit both technical mastery and social consciousness. It is right that Dallas is the city that gives birth to this collaboration.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Terence Blanchard made a name for himself as a top-tier jazz trumpeter who has gone on to enjoy a multifaceted career in jazz and beyond. He’s not only a four-time Grammy Award winner, he’s one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation--a member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today. He’s been recognized by USA Artists, the MAPFund, and the NEA for his work in the jazz idiom and beyond.
Rennie Harris is a dancer, choreographer, artistic director and professor of hip-hop dance. Harris formed the first and longest running hip-hop dance touring company, Rennie Harris Puremovement in 1992. Dance Theater, Philadelphia Dance Company, & Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Andrew Scott is a visual artist living and working in Dallas who specializes in the intersection of digital fabrication technologies and traditional fine arts practices. He is currently an associate Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas where he teaches courses in digital fabrication.
ABOUT THE NANCY A. NASHER AND DAVID J. HAEMISEGGER FAMILY SOLUNA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, showcases internationally-acclaimed guest soloists, visual artists and performing artists alongside leading Dallas-based companies and ensembles. An annual, multi-week interdisciplinary event, SOLUNA stages performances and exhibitions at venues, prominent galleries and performance spaces throughout Dallas. SOLUNA aims to steward authentic collaborations within the Dallas Arts District and serve as a magnet for artists and performers around the world. By incorporating strong educational and science components, audiences are invited to experience music and art and interact with their Dallas community in new and exciting ways.
About The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO)
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 211,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900, and it is a cornerstone of the unique, 68 acre Arts District in downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks; the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.
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