The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents SoundSpace: Music and Dance, a special mobile concert and dance performance that will travel throughout the museum’s galleries on Saturday, October 30 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
This unique collaboration between The Blanton and members of UT’s Butler School of Music and Ballet Austin pairs musicians and dancers in a multi-disciplinary performance that explores the distinctive art, architecture, and acoustics of the museum. The event is open to the public and included with museum admission. Tickets will be limited to seventy-five per performance, first come first served, starting at 1p.m.
For this performance, the second in the SoundSpace series, musician Steven Parker, a doctoral student in the Butler School of Music and Donald D. Harrington Fellow at UT, was invited by The Blanton to draw on the museum’s resources to further his research into cross-disciplinary collaboration and new contexts for live performances. Musical highlights include cello, violin, flute and trombone performances of J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Duet No. 1 in E minor by W.F. Bach, and special compositions by composers Ethan Greene and Mike Svoboda. Ballet Austin’s Michelle Thompson choreographed solo dancers in new works in response to The Blanton’s galleries and Magdalena Jarkowiec of giantmutantdolls.com serves as costume designer.
The Blanton is excited to extend this opportunity for collaboration to one of the university’s most talented graduate students. This project exemplifies the museum’s commitment to nurturing meaningful collaborations that provide innovative experiences with art, inspire creativity, and support the educational mission of the university.
SoundSpace: Music and Dance is organized by Steven Parker for The Blanton as part of his year long exploration of the museum and its resources.
About The Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas. The museum welcomes and engages all visitors by offering personal, extraordinary experiences that connect art and ideas, reaching within and beyond the university campus to stimulate the thriving, creative community that is Austin, Texas. The Blanton’s permanent collection of more than 17,000 works is recognized or its European paintings, an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.