TRIPTYCH (Eyes of One on Another) is a staged musical work that engages the life and photography of Robert Mapplethorpe. Mapplethorpe stood at a precipice of self-imaging culture and sparked national debate on obscenity, justice, art, and race. TRIPTYCH reconsiders this archive drawing on the poetry of Patti Smith, and Essex Hemphill, who worked at the forefront of Black and Gay liberation. Composed by Bryce Dessner, with a libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle, the performance features Alicia Hall Moran, Isaiah Robinson, and the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth.

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Athens – June 26

Holland Festival, Amsterdam (2019)
BAM Opera House, Brooklyn, NY (2019)
Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. (2019)
Power Center, Ann Arbor, MI (2019)
LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles, CA (2019)

Directed by Kaneza Schaal
Composed by Bryce Dessner
Libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle
Featuring words by Essex Hemphill & Patti Smith
Featuring Roomful of Teeth
with Alicia Hall Moran & Isaiah Robinson
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
in Cooperation with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Music Direction & Conducting by Brad Wells
Set & Costume Design by Carlos Soto
Lighting Design by Yuki Nakase
Video by Simon Harding
Associate Director Lilleth Glimcher


Photo: Maria Baranova


Photo: Maria Baranova


Photo: Maria Baranova