"Witty and wicked - forbidding and seductive"–NY Times
Marking 30 years since the death of groundbreaking photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, composer Bryce Dessner (The National) brings us Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a powerful work that explores the origins and impact of Mapplethorpe’s controversial photography. Created with librettist korde arrington tuttle and director Kaneza Schaal in collaboration with the vocal group Roomful of Teeth and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Triptych includes music, projections of Mapplethorpe’s images, and the poetry of Patti Smith and Essex Hemphill.
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann in Cooperation with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
Produced in residency with and commissioned by University Musical Society. Co-produced by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel Music and Artistic Director. TRIPTYCH was co-commissioned by BAM; Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece; Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati, OH; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, CA; Stanford Live, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Adelaide Festival, Australia; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for performance as part of DirectCurrent 2019; ArtsEmerson: World on Stage, Emerson College, Boston, MA; Texas Performing Arts, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; the Momentary, Bentonville, AR; Celebrity Series of Boston, MA; and residency development through MassMOCA, North Adams, MA.
Triptych was created with generous support from the Stanford Live Commissions and Programming Fund.