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Space Launch: A Futurist Performance Installation

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Date(s) - 11/07/2015 - 11/08/2015
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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McMurtry Art & Art History Building

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Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8

Architecture through Dance, Voice, and Fashion in Commemoration of the Opening of the McMurtry Art and Art History Building.

Direction and Choreography by Aleta Hayes

Performances by the Chocolate Heads and the Stanford Chamber Chorale, directed by Stephen Sano, plus additional invited Bay Area choruses

Costume Design in collaboration with the Dhillon Marty Fashion Lab

Project Description

In celebration of the opening season of the McMurtry Art Building, Aleta Hayes has been awarded a grant from the Stanford Arts Institute to direct a peripatetic, performance installation and architectural promenade, showcasing the splendid spaces of the McMurtry. This inauguration follows successful performances of Being Scene in the Cantor Arts Center and Scene in Action in the Anderson Collection, continuing with Building Scene: Architecture through Dance, Voice & Fashion.

The Space Launch will use dance, movement, vocal music and costume to highlight different areas of the building. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 2015, during daylight hours.

The dynamic McMurtry Building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, inspires a futurist themed dance and vocal performance. Moved by the innovative architectural design that braids theory and practice, we will place dancers and vocalists in the oculus and throughout the building, linking the two strands of art and art history, to reveal rooms, platforms, and vistas that blur the line between interior and exterior spaces.

Principal Collaborators to Date

Aleta Hayes, Lecturer in Department of Theater and Performance Studies

Stephen M. Sano, Chair of the Department of Music, Director of the Stanford Chamber Chorale

Sonia Dhillon Marty, Executive Director of Dhillon Marty Fashion Lab

Consultants

Alexander Nemerov, Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities

John Barton, Director of Architecture Design Program

Patience Young, Project Consultant, Continuing Studies Lecturer (retired Director of Academic Engagement, Cantor Arts Center)

Jennifer DeVere Brody, Theater and Performance Studies Department

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