Performances of Heard by artist Nick Cave will now take place at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the University of North Texas (UNT) rather than March 12 and 13. Performances will take place on the Library Mall outside UNT’s Willis Library, one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C on the UNT campus. Admission to the UNT performances is free.
Heard also will be performed at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, 2012, in the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. in downtown Dallas. Admission to the Dallas performance is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. Admission is free for Nasher Sculpture Center members.
The new schedule affords the opportunity to celebrate UNT’s partnership with the Nasher Sculpture Center and create a Nick Cave Weekend in DFW — recognizing the community’s involvement in creating the Soundsuits to be used in the Heard performances.
“In gratitude to everyone throughout North Texas who has helped realize the project and in celebration of UNT’s engagement with the Nasher Sculpture Center, we are creating a Nick Cave Weekend in DFW, consolidating the performance dates to allow audiences greater access to the events and to magnify excitement surrounding the events,” said Tracee Robertson, director of the UNT Art Galleries and organizer of the Heard performances.
Commissioned by the UNT Art Galleries and the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, Heard will feature UNT student dancers in 30 horse-like Soundsuits being corralled by UNT percussionists and then breaking apart into 60 hybrid beings that move in increased improvisation.
Cave began guiding UNT students in September in the creation of the Soundsuits. Students from the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design’s sculpture program welded the 30 steel frames for the horse heads. Fibers program students and community members — including local artists and Denton elementary school art teachers — helped cover the frames with hardware cloth and fleece. Costume design students from the UNT Department of Dance and Theatre have assisted with cutting the patterns and sewing the bodies of the horses. Sixty dance students — two for each of the 30 horses — have been preparing to perform in the Soundsuits, and percussion students from the UNT College of Music will provide the music for the performance.
An exhibition of previously created Soundsuits from Cave will continue to be on display through March 24 (Saturday) at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. in historic downtown Denton. UNT on the Square’s hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.untonthesquare.unt.edu or call 940-369-8257.