Friday, January 29, 2010

2009/11/15 - Performance Artist

This Sunday Cabaret Life Drawing hosts Dan Dutton, a visual and performing artist who lives in Somerset, Kentucky!

The first shows of Dan's visual artwork in Louisville were at the Speed Art Museum in the mid-80s. In 1989 he began work on the first opera, entitled “The Stone Man,” and presented it a workshop performance at the Speed, assisted by Kentucky Opera and the National Endowment for the Arts “Opera for the 80s and Beyond” program. The Kentucky Opera subsequently commissioned a score and staging of “The Stone Man,” which premiered at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in January of 1990, and went on to tour the state. The Stone Man was the first opera by a Kentucky composer to receive full staging.

In 2003, 21C Museum commissioned “Ballads of the Barefoot Mind,” an installation and performance centered on the imagery of traditional ballads. The performance of 12 ballads was performed with some of Kentuckyʼs best traditional musicians. Danʼs current performance opera, “Youʼll Always Come Back” is scheduled to premiere in Louisville in the summer of 2010.

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