The Garden of Earthly Delights: an ineffable SXSW experience

The apocalypse started in Austin not with a bang, but with a wine dispensing tree. The Garden of Earthly Delights, a SXSW activation, kicked off the end of days with an out of this world celebration of Amazon Prime’s “Good Omens” – a series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel “Good Omens:Continue reading “The Garden of Earthly Delights: an ineffable SXSW experience”

Bolshoi Adaptation of Cinderella

Countless adaptations of Cinderella have graced the Russian stage, but the 1992 Maksimova-Vasiliev production provides an interesting structuralist approach. The departures the ballet makes from the Russian tale The Golden Slipper gives Cinderella more agency as a female character. In addition to changes in the basic plot, the characteristics of ballet as a form ofContinue reading “Bolshoi Adaptation of Cinderella”

How Sound in Sculpture is combining art and music like never before

Returning for its fifth year, “Sound in Sculpture” has become an innovative campus tradition combining art and music. Every year as a part of the Fusebox Festival, student composers from the University of Texas create music inspired by art on campus and perform it on site. This year, composers are finding inspiration in José Parlá’sContinue reading “How Sound in Sculpture is combining art and music like never before”

Dorrance Dance’s “ETM: Double Down”: Blurring lines between movement and sound

Dorrance Dance’s performance of “ETM: Double Down” at Bass Concert Hall has breathed a new life into contemporary tap dance. 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, choreographed this impressively percussive piece accompanied by Aaron Marcellus’ live electronic music. The performer’s creation of live “electronic tap music” explored the relationship between dance and sound and produced aContinue reading “Dorrance Dance’s “ETM: Double Down”: Blurring lines between movement and sound”

Living Earnestly

“I don’t play accurately–any one can play accurately–but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest I don’t consider The Importance of Being Earnest to be a mirror of my life in any way,Continue reading “Living Earnestly”