“It was like the most beautiful thing you could have in one evening…”
On November 4, TPT launched the Art is… series inviting 4 visionary local artists to each curate a night of incredible live performance from theater to music to dance and everything in between.
Randy Reyes, Artistic Director for the Twin Cities-based Theater Mu, set a high bar for Art is…, attracting a boisterous, sold-out crowd into the TPT street space. Reyes titled the event Art is…Living in Between and focused on the experiences of Asian American women. Reyes chose a dynamic group of artists to provoke, challenge, and delight the audience. We thought women artists Joelle Fernandez, Eliza Rasheed, and Hope Nordquist brought down the house, but don’t take our word for it. Check out these audience reactions below!
What Art is
The performances challenged audiences to think not only about the Asian American experience but the larger question of what Art is to them. Art holds a unique meaning for each person, expressing joy and sorrow, and, for at least one audience member, a feeling beyond words!
Reyes and Theater Mu
Randy Reyes, the curator for Art is… Living in Between, is at the helm of the artistic vision for Theater Mu, a performance company that produces “performances born of arts, equity, and justice from the heart of the Asian American experience.” Mu offers opportunities for everyday audiences to gain insight into and empathy for communities that are often sidelined or stereotyped in popular culture.
Next up for Reyes and Theater Mu? A Very Asian Xmas Carol, performed at the North Garden Theatre in St. Paul on November 25. You can stay up to date on all of Theater Mu’s productions by signing up for their newsletter.
Art is… coming up!
If you missed the premiere of Art is… don’t fret! There are three more live events still to come in 2018, each with their own theme, artists and performers. Up next is Art is… Black Light!, a collaboration with vocalist/interdisciplinary artist PaviElle French featuring Yoni, Light, ShaVunda Brown and Amani Ward–three brilliant emerging Black Women artists of varying disciplines. Black Light is a beautiful tapestry woven together by music, poetry and dance. Tickets for the February 28 show are available now!
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