New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome returns for this interdisciplinary presentation of Mélange, figuring a series of films and works on paper in conversation with Newsome's upcoming performance of FIVE.
Together, this interdisciplinary presentation of genre-bending works frames Newsome's live performance and studio practice through the history of collage. Using layered constructions of formal material to investigate layered constructions of social identity, Mélange borrows from dance, technology, gaming, and hand-crafted collage for a transformative presentation of art in motion.
In the Mélange performances, five dancers represent the five elements of vogue femme—hands, cat walk, floor performance, spin dips, and duck walking. As each dancer takes the floor, a hip-hop M.C., an operatic vocalist, and local musicians improvise an interactive soundtrack, building to a beautifully-structured crescendo of sound and movement.
Performances were held January 20 at 7:30pm & 9pm in the CAC Galleries.