Video and Performance Artist Joan Jonas Performs for Fusebox Festival 2012

    Texas Performing Arts teams with the Fusebox Festival 2012 to present seminal video and performance artist Joan Jonas staging her cutting edge multi-media video performance, The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things.  Featuring an original music written and performed live by Jason Moran, the performances run May 4th and 5th at 98 p.m. at the McCullough Theatre on the University of Texas campus.
     The collaborative work evokes the American Southwest through an artistic consideration of the Hopi snake dance.  The Native American Indian ritual affected Jonas during visits to Arizona in the 1960s.
    "For The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, I went to Arizona and I was thinking about memories of the American landscape, by which I mean memories from before the Europeans came here," Jonas said.  "The Southwest is a perfect example of different cultures layered on top of each other, and next to each other. I'm very interested in how stories are retold, of course. That's what we do-we retell stories."
     Since the 1970s, Jonas has worked between various mediums - freely incorporating video, movement, music, sculpture, and the spoken word into open-end narratives.  Born in 1936 in New York, her work has been exhibited internationally since the late 1960s, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Kitchen, New York; and the Tate Museum, London.  Her first performance retrospective was at the University Art Museum, Berkeley in 1980.
    Composer and musician Moran was born in Houston and began studying the piano at age six and was inspired as a teenager by the sounds of jazz legend Thelonious Monk.  A current member of Charles Lloyd's New Quartet, Moran has also worked with Cassandra Wilson, Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers, Lee Konitz, Meshell N'degeocello, Bill Frisell, Jenny Scheinman, Paul Motian, Steve Coleman, Dave Holland and Don Byron.  He is the Jazz Artistic Advisor for The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Co-Artistic Director at the San Francisco Jazz Festival.
     A post-performance conversation between Jonas and Lynne Cooke will follow the evening performance on Friday, May 4th.  A  post-performance conversation between Jonas and Moran will follow the performance on Saturday, May 5th.
     Tickets are $24, with a limited number of $10 student tickets available.  Discounted tickets are also available for U.T. faculty and staff, seniors and military.
    McCullough Theatre is located at 2375 Robert Dedman Drive on the University of Texas campus.  Tickets are now on sale now at the Bass Concert Hall Box Office and all Texas Box Office outlets - including most H-E-B stores - by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO (2386) and online at
(Top photo by Paula Court; bottom photo by Yvonne Lambert)
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