From March 22 ‚Äì April 27, 2008, Arthouse in Austin, Texas will present the exhibition Cult of Color: Call to Color in conjunction with a new ballet by the same name. The ballet and exhibition are the results of a 2 1/2 year collaborative project between Art21 artist Trenton Doyle Hancock (Season 2), choreographer Stephen Mills, and composer Graham Reynolds, all Texas-based artists. Through installations, music, paintings, drawings, sketches, video collage, and more, the exhibition will “explore the complexity of translating an artist‚Äôs visual world into a compelling, innovative performance including original music and dance.”
Commissioned by Ballet Austin, Cult of Color: Call to Color tells of a battle fought between Hancock’s characters, the gentle Mounds and the mutant Vegans. Key characters include the Vegan minister, Sesom (Moses spelled backwards), a loving character, Painter, and an antagonist, Betto. A violent struggle for power between these forces are at the core of this episode in Hancock‚Äôs ongoing visual narrative.
On Saturday, March 22, from 3-5pm, Arthouse will host a panel discussion with Hancock, Mills, and Reynolds that will be conducted by Robert Faires, Arts Editor at The Austin Chronicle. This program is free and open to the public.