The Asheville RITES Project raised $3000 for an art installation and outdoor dance and music happening celebrating spring, live on the banks of the French Broad this Saturday.
With pink painted panels from local artist Molly Rose Freeman, original choreography from Garth Grimball in a live dance performance, and music from Floating Action’s Michael Libramento, RITES celebrates:
Springtime, rites of passage, and the reemergence of life and color that are associated with the season. Springtime by nature is a celebration, and this project seeks to channel that energy into an art event that the whole community can experience. The colors will be vibrant, the movements will be lively, the music will be fresh.
Saturday, May 21 (rain date May 28)
RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
(119 Riverside Drive, across the street from the Cotton Mill Studios)
Bring a chair or blanket
More from the project’s Kickstarter page:
We want to create a performance art event that will be totally free and open to the public in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. The space for the event is the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, an outdoor venue along the banks of the French Broad River. Molly Rose Freeman will install a series of wall-sized panels (built by local artist Steve Spurgeon of Pink Dog Creative) in the space, and over the course of a month will paint an abstract mural to act as a backdrop for a dance piece that Garth Grimball will choreograph.
Garth’s piece will involve fifteen or so dancers from various companies and studios throughout Asheville and the surrounding areas. His choreography will draw inspiration from Jerome Robbins’ “Opus Jazz,” as well as specifically from Molly’s mural and an original score composed by local musician Michael Libramento. The score will be played live during the performance.
The project will be photo and video documented by local videographer Adam Hillberry, who will not only capture the performance itself, but also record time-lapse footage of the mural being constructed and painted from beginning to end.
This city is amazing. See you there.
Asheville Rites blog: http://ashevilleritesproject.blogspot.com