This June, Nasher Sightings artist Mai-Thu Perret will stage two performances in collaboration with the Soluna Music and Arts Festival. The first performance will be a restaging of a work entitled Figures, originally performed at the 2014 Biennale of Moving Images in Geneva. Perret’s second performance is a newly commissioned, world premiere entitled o that will function as a series of happenings throughout the Nasher’s building and garden.
With her two performances at the Nasher, Perret presents works that represent both her recent past, as well as her current areas of interest. Perret’s o assumes the mantle of happenings and experimental performance. During a two-hour duration, musicians divided across galleries and throughout the garden will play intermittently with live and recorded sound, percussive beats, and a range of musical styles and scales. Dancers will speak and create vocal sounds as they lead pageants and carry effigies reminiscent of the marionette in Figures.
Blending visual arts with dance, music, and theater, Soluna Music and Arts Festival provides opportunities for international artists to connect with the broader network of musicians and performers in the Dallas area. Likewise, the collaboration directly ties into the Nasher’s mission of challenging traditional notions of sculpture and further promoting the study and display of sculpture in all its various forms.