DENTON – The Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts invites area residents to explore the spaces where the arts happen during ARTSWALK: Transformations, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 31 on TWU’s Denton campus.
ARTSWALK, formerly known as the Arts Triangle, will feature premiere performances of two interdisciplinary collaborative arts projects created by TWU faculty and commissioned especially for this event, a press release stated. Performances by TWU dance, drama, visual arts and music students also will highlight event.
There is no admission charge. For more information and a map of the event, visit twu.edu/artswalk or call (940) 898-2086.
Beginning with an optional Bicycle Parade led by co-grand marshals TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten and Denton Mayor Chris Watts, participants will start on the Downtown Denton Square and end on the TWU campus. Anyone interested in participating in the parade is invited to meet on the northwest corner of the Square at 5:45 p.m. for bike decorating courtesy of the SCRAP retail store and simple bike repairs courtesy of Querencia. For more information on the Bicycle Parade, contact Julie Anderson, bike and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Denton, at (940) 349-7718. The parade will travel from the Square to TWU’s Hubbard Hall, the starting point for ARTSWALK.
A brief introduction to the evening’s events and overview of art processes for both collaborative pieces will begin at 7 p.m. in Hubbard Hall. Next, the ARTSWALK audience may choose from three stages featuring various arts performances:
7:20-8:10 p.m. — Stage 1 in room 208 of the Dance Gymnastics Laboratory (DGL) Building features “Arche/types,” a collaborative work by Jana Perez, associate professor in the department of visual arts, and Matt Henley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of dance. The work explores the ways in which archetypes have been used to influence perceptions of identity, particularly in mass media, and the ways in which archetypes can be used, in turn, to resist those influences. The work also features costume design by TWU fashion student Dominique Simmons and professional video by Brad Holt. The 20-minute piece will repeat once.
7:30-8:30 p.m. — Stage 2 in the Free Speech Area outside the Student Union will feature a variety of arts performances.
8-8:50 p.m. — Stage 3 at the Bernice Abreo Fischer Amphitheater will feature “Surface,” a collaborative work by Colby Parsons, associate professor in the department of visual arts, and Rosemary Candelario, assistant professor of dance. Composer Westin Portillo will provide music, and current TWU dance students and alumni will provide movement. This work investigates the sculptural possibilities of live dance bodies and the choreographic and movement potential of visual arts through the convergence of light, material, body movements and sound. This project will run continuously for an hour; attendees may choose to watch all or part of it.
The exterior of the Dance Building will feature projected video art, and the area under the Administration Conference Tower (ACT) will feature an audience participatory black light painting piece during the event.
The ARTSWALK will conclude with a reception in Hubbard Hall from 8:30 to 9 p.m.