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Bryce Dessner's Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

On the Work of Robert Mapplethorpe Featuring Roomful of Teeth In Partnership with On the Boards

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Moore Theatre Belltown
Wed Oct 9, 8 pm All Ages


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Composer Bryce Dessner (one of the twins in indie-rock group the National) brings together vocal geniuses Roomful of Teeth, librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle, and a chamber orchestra to interrogate three of Robert Mapplethorpe's portfolios. Those portfolios—X, Y, Z, which take as their subjects gay S&M figures, flowers, and nude black men, respectively—sparked an obscenity trial in Ohio in the early 1990s, because self-delusion in Ohio runs deep. While you could hardly ask for a more fascinating array of talent here, the New York Times could barely hide its disdain for Dessner's "meager" tribute, calling it "a blandly brooding, affectlessly luminous score." The shade is so thick in that review that this thing might be worth a fact-check, if not a hate-watch.

Moore Theatre

1932 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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  • Wed Oct 9, 8 pm