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Vespertine Awakening
Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

With an original score by composer Kurt Stallmann

James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyspace 
at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion
February 25–27, 2017

In celebration of the new Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, which opened to the public February 24, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre presented the world premiere of "Vespertine Awakenings," a new work created in response to James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus. For the first time since Twilight Epiphany opened at Rice in 2012, the performance took place during the Skyspace's sunset sequence, executed in close collaboration with composer Kurt Stallmann, Director of Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs (REMLABS) and Associate Professor of Composition and Theory in the Shepherd School of Music. Kurt Stallmann. Read about this groundbreaking performance in a review by Art+Culture's Nancy Wozny.  

Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre is a New York based contemporary modern dance company. Since its debut performances over ten years ago, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre has garnered much critical acclaim and built an impressive reputation for productions known for their high level of innovation, sophistication, expert craftsmanship and exceptional level of artistry from its dancers, live musicians, and other designers. The company has held its home performance seasons at many leading dance venues in NYC including Dance Theater Workshop, which The New York Times named one of NYC’s top 5 dance performances of the year, and its recent 10th anniversary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. These performance seasons have consistently received exceptional reviews from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Financial Times London, Village Voice and many other publications. The company also tours and performs domestically and internationally.

Kurt Stallmann devotes his energy towards synthesizing many of the mediums available to composers today. His compositions are written for acoustic instruments, electroacoustic combinations with interactive elements, environmental sounds, and purely synthetic sounds. He also enjoys improvising with musicians and frequently collaborates with artists from other disciplines. In 2012, Stallmann received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to visit Taipei, Taiwan to collaborate with Taipei National University of the Arts on a new work based on the soundscape of Taipei. In 2009, his work was recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship and in 2008, he received a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. From 2008-2009, Stallmann was Composer-In-Residence at Sharpstown High School for the Houston Symphony Education and Outreach Program sponsored by the Fidelity FutureStage program and from 2005-2008 he was on the SEAMUS Board of Directors (Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States) while he served as editor of the SEAMUS Newsletter. He has also been an active member of two composer’s collectives, Musiqa in Houston (2002-2004), and Composers in Red Sneakers in Boston (2001-2003). Stallmann currently serves as Associate Professor of music composition at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and as Director of the Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs (REMLABS).

Above: Dancers of Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre in Logbook, 2016. Photo: Ian Douglas.

Welcome to Rice Public Art

Art expands our capacity to perceive, understand and represent the world. Rice Public Art seeks to generate encounters with art that advance the culture of inquiry that characterizes our university. By incorporating site specific works into the campus landscape and interior spaces, the program aims to challenge and inspire the community to imagine its work and lives from unconventional and potentially transformative perspectives. Rice Public Art works in collaboration with The Shepherd School of Music, the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA), the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) and the student organization Art Lab, among others, in an effort to broadly integrate our programming into the academic life at Rice University. 

News and Updates

  • Jesús Moroles Works DedicatedMay 3, 2016 - Rice Public Art supporters dedicated "Musical Stele" and "Waves Column," two gifts from Rick "Ricky Ray" Behrend '77 by acclaimed Texas sculptor Jesús Bautista Moroles. The works were previously on long-term loan, and are on view on the grounds of the Cohen House.
  • John Henry's Archer InstalledFebruary 25, 2016 - “Archer", a bright red, 14 foot tall aluminum sculpture by artist John Henry, is the newest permanent installation in Rice University’s public art collection. The sculpture was recently installed in the outdoor area near Brockman Hall for Physics, and was made possible through a generous gift to Rice by Leslie ’69 and Brad Bucher '65. 
  • Geoff Winningham's Photographs Currently On View at BRCJanuary 22, 2016 - A selection of works from Professor Geoff Winningham's recent project, Of the Soil Photographs of Vernacular Architecture and Stories of Changing Times in Arkansas, will be on view through May, 2016. The photographs, and a book by the same name, capture folk architectures of the region, and their stories.
  • Katie Grinnan's Astrology Orchestra Fills Skyspace with Sculpture, SoundNovember 14, 2015 - On a sunny Saturday during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace was filled to capacity with audience members, visiting alumni, curious passerby, performers and stringed instruments. The Skyspace was the site of artist Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra, an ongoing symphonic performance project.