LakeArts Foundation

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TROPHIES - dance performance premiere with the music of Moon Dog

  • Erie Art Museum 411 State Street Erie, Pennsylvania US
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sculpture comes to life through music and dance featuring the masks of ROLAND GEBHARDT and the legendary music of

choreography by LANI WEISSBACH

Performances: 6 pm & 7:30 pm on Feb. 8, 2014

411 State Street Erie, Pennsylvania

Tickets: $15 available at the door the evening of the performance.

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Erie Times-News article: 2 Erie shows celebrate music of Moondog

What happens when an international sculptor meets an Erie violinist who preserves and performs the work of a legendary street musician? In the secluded community of Chautauqua, New York, such a thing happened.

It was at the 2013 LakeArts Foundation Incubator that New York City artist Roland Gebhardt met composer/musician Louis Nicolia.

The result is TROPHIES, a collaborative performance inspired by the sculptural masks of Gebhardt, and set to the music of Moondog, the blind street musician who rose from the sidewalks of New York to compose, play, and record a music like no other, and eventually to gain the support of Leonard Bernstein and Arturo Toscanini.

TROPHIES is a unique event melding the worlds of art, music and dance into an exciting new performance experience.

Louis Nicolia is a violinist with the Erie Philharmonic and founder of Half Moon Consort, a music group that performs the music of Moondog. With Half Moon Consort providing live accompaniment, Gebhardt's TROPHIES is a provocative look at issues of identity and the art collector as hunter and art as a trophy to be pursued, captured and displayed on a wall.

The TROPHIES premiere will feature the acclaimed Shen and Bones Performance Group under the direction of Lani Weissbach.

Roland Gebhardt is an internationally known sculptor and designer. In 2008 he created the performance piece The Only Tribe, that was developed and performed at the New York City experimental theater venue 3-Legged Dog, where he premiered the mask concept for the first time.