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Tuesday August 07, 2018

From Dallas Symphony Orchestra

SOLUNA ANNOUNCES CARAVANTERENCE BLANCHARD, RENNIE HARRIS AND ANDREW SCOTT

SOLUNA ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE COMMISSION FOR 2019 FESTIVAL
CARAVAN: A REVOLUTION ON THE ROAD
TERENCE BLANCHARD | RENNIE HARRIS | ANDREW SCOTT

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Majestic Theatre

Live, multi-layered, collaborative performance will reflect on personal, racial and cultural identity in contemporary society

Dallas, TX (August 2, 2018) – The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival today announced a world premiere performance co-commissioned by SOLUNA for the 2019 festival. Caravan: A Revolution on the Road is a multi-disciplinary collaboration by GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz artist Terence Blanchard, internationally renowned choreographer Rennie Harris and Dallas-based visual artist Andrew Scott. The world premiere performance will be on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the Majestic Theatre in Downtown Dallas. Tickets for Caravan will go on sale on Thursday, October 25, 2018, and will start at $19. Following its premiere in Dallas, Caravan will tour the US at venues including Austin’s Bass Concert Hall at UT Austin.

Caravan will bring together live musical performances by Blanchard and his band, the E-Collective, choreography by Harris and dance by his company, Puremovement, and Scott’s visual projections, sculpture and projection mapping. The performance will expand upon a theme that Terence Blanchard began exploring a few years ago: racial tension and injustice. Responding to recent events, Blanchard and the E-Collective recorded an album, Breathless, and performed the music from the album across America, visiting cities, including Dallas, that were impacted by recent acts of violence by and against police officers. Recognizing the healing effect of music, Blanchard decided to continue the project and engage additional artists. Caravan will add a new dimension to the work that Blanchard has done to bring about a changing of hearts and souls.

Prior to the performance, SOLUNA and Dallas Black Dance Theatre will co-host a community discussion about racial healing and the arts. The talk will be on Tuesday, April 9, 2018 at 12:00PM at DBDT’s studios and offices at 2700 Ann Williams Way, the historic, prior residence of the Moorland YMCA. The discussion will be free with RSVP. More details will be available in the fall.

Discussion panel members will include Terence Blanchard, Andrew Scott and emerging choreographer and Dallas native My’kal J. Stromile. Additionally, SOLUNA has commissioned a new work by Stromile that will be premiered during DBDT: Encore!’s Rising Excellence performances on April 12 and 13, 2018.

“SOLUNA has always been a festival in which the Dallas Symphony pushes beyond its traditional genres and performances to engage and connect with audiences in new ways,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Orchestra President & CEO. “Caravan is an extension of that and directly discusses important and tragic events from Dallas’s recent history. More importantly, it demonstrates how music and art can be the catalyst for positive and meaningful social change.”

Breathless, which was my first recording with my electric band, and my recent album LIVE, which was partly recorded here in Dallas, were meant to further the conversation about gun violence and to heal the wounds left in communities by these incidents,” said Blanchard. “I wanted to find a way to expand this musical statement and collaborating with Rennie Harris and Andrew Scott helped me realize that. We’ve had different experiences, but we share a lot of the same ideas, which Rennie and Andrew can express in three dimensions.”

“Dallas is a city that has a bold vision where great, innovative things get done,” said Scott. “Although many may not realize it, this performance is a historical theatrical event. It is a celebration of both the history and contemporary expression of American art forms that have influenced the world by artists who exhibit both technical mastery and social consciousness. It is right that Dallas is the city that gives birth to this collaboration.”

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