Eyes As Bright As Diamonds
April 11 | 2018
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center I 5:45PM
DALLAS ART FAIR
BOOKER T WASHINGTON HSPVA DANCE CONSERVATORY
THE HALTOM COLOR GUARD
THE HALTOM DRUMLINE
MUSICIANS OF THE DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
This newly commissioned performance explores the dark glamour of American life, its history of transformation and reinvention. Sarah Jaffe unites with squads of performers from the Dallas area to create a sense of pageantry, celebration and tension.
- Sarah Jaffe and Jen Ray Built a Show Like You’ve Never Seen For Soluna
By: Jennifer Smart
The two artists explain how drumline, Texas folk, tap and ballroom will spell out dark dreams Wednesday on the radial staircase at the Meyerson.
Soluna’s footprint just keeps getting bigger. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s music and arts festival built its name on performances of original commissions and repertory works by international artists throughout the festival’s three weeks. Now Soluna is expanding into new territory with events like Array, which embrace the possibilities a mix of popular and classical music afford. Hip-hop superstar Nas is among the performers booked.
A prelude event will set the tone for it all on Wednesday. Eyes as Bright as Diamonds is the first taste Dallas audiences get of this year’s Soluna.
The newly commissioned performance kicks off the Dallas Art Fair on Wednesday at the Meyerson Symphony Center at 5:45 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, is a collaboration between New York-based artist Jen Ray and Dallas’ own Sarah Jaffe.
I sat down to chat with Ray and Jaffe about the genesis of the project, billed as an exploration of the “dark glamour of American life, its history of transformation and reinvention.” Joining Jaffe on the lobby’s radial staircase will be a range of other performers including the Haltom Color Guard and Drumline, SMU ballroom dancers, tap dancers from Booker T. Washington, and an all-female string quartet from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Talk us through the genesis of Eyes as Bright as Diamonds.
JR: Wow, I’ve actually been working on the project for a really long time, partly because I wanted it to be super engaged with the Dallas community. I keep coming to Dallas and meeting more and more people, attending rehearsals… I feel like that’s part of the project it’s not about just taking puzzle pieces and fitting them together, it’s really fully having relationships with our collaborators.
SJ: Initially I was contacted to see if I might be interested in a collaboration of some kind with Jen. Not knowing what exactly the project was, after seeing her work I knew, in whatever capacity, that doing anything with Jen would be an experience I wanted.