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Dust (Preview Performance)

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March 20, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (followed by Q&A with the artists)
Tickets: $12 General/$10 Student (Online); $15 at the door

Light Box (8641 Linwood StreetDetroit MI 48206)
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Presented by Spread Art

An experimental opera by Robert Ashley, as choreographed by Megan Bridge, Dust is boldly transformed into a new kind of performance. Time expands, and narrative shimmers forth and slips away with a seamless interplay between movement, music, and visual design.

Working with the original recording and a cast of five dancers, choreographer Megan Bridge explores the dark, hallucinatory, and the quirky, mundane world of composer Robert Ashley’s opera Dust. The work’s complex rhythms and distinct musicality carry a strangely ebullient and humorous tone despite subject matter that includes war and a drug induced conversation with God.

Director/Choreographer: Megan Bridge
Performers: Megan Bridge, Christina Gesualdi, Beau Hancock, Gregory Holt, Michele Tantoco
Dramaturgical Team: Erin Manning, Peter Price, Laura Vriend
Choreographic Mentor: Lucinda Childs
Video Designer: Peter Price
Costume Designer: Heidi Barr
Lighting Designer: Matt Sharp


Early development of Dust was supported by a Spread Art residency in 2014. Final development and the preview performance are supported by a second Spread Art residency, with presentation support from Light Box. Dust will premiere April, 2015 at FringeArts in Philadelphia.

Robert Ashley was known for the distinctly American voice, language patterns, and structures of his operas.

Spread Art is a “by artists, for artists” nonprofit supporting the creation of new works through residencies, exhibitions, events and collaborations. Spread Art supports experimentation, innovation and work that incorporates technology, invites public participation and/or explores immediately-relevant social themes.

Light Box is a multidisciplinary performance and arts venue in Detroit curated by Corey Gearhart and
Stefanie Cohen of the performance collaborative, Upended Teacups. As they transition their building from its former lives as bank turned Baptist church to an artist-run space, they are dedicated to providing opportunities for artists to share from their process through performances, discussions, classes, skill-shares and social forum; presenting work that challenges in both form and content.