The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts Hosts Free Public Performance

By Editorial Team on July 16, 2019
Courtesy of The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts.

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts commissioned a series of original site-specific performances in conversation with the sound-responsive, interactive installation Mirror Mirror. Composer and violinist David Schulman and Orange Grove Dance will perform on select dates between July and October.

Performances are estimated to be 45 minutes to an hour long. Admission is free and features lawn seating. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Please leave pets at home. Waterfront Park is located at 1 King Street. Follow @alexartsoffice on Twitter and Instagram to keep updated on weather-related updates.

Music, voices and ambient sound activate Mirror Mirror‘s  enclosed LED tubes to produce a panoramic forest of light. The installation casts brilliant rainbow hues, allowing the performers to interact with the installation and affect its appearance using their instruments, voices and bodies. (See and post images and videos via #mirrormirrorALX.)

Schulman and Orange Grove Dance were selected through a regional open call seeking performing artists and arts groups in DC, Maryland and Virginia. They have been researching and exploring Mirror Mirror and Waterfront Park to develop their new performances.

Performances

Music: David Schulman (quietlifemotel.com)
Schulman, who performs on amplified violin with live effects, is composing an original score to interact with Mirror Mirror.  He will be joined at each concert by a second musician—trumpeter, saxophonist, or vocalist—in duo performances reflecting and refracting the site’s natural, human, and technological contexts. His six performances will also differ according to changes of light and season. A key point of reference for the music, as for Mirror Mirror, is the fifth-order Fresnel lens that, for decades, cast its light from Alexandria’s Jones Point Lighthouse across the waters of the Potomac.

  • Saturday, July 20 @ 9 pm Joined by Tillery
  • Sunday, July 21 @ 8 pm Joined by Bonnie Lander
    • Rain date: Sunday, July 28 @ 8 pm
  • Friday, August 9 @ 9 pm Joined by Tillery
  • Saturday, August 10 @ 9 pm Joined by Sarah Marie Hughes
    • Rain date: Sunday, August 11 @ 9 pm
  • Saturday, October 5 @ 8 pm Joined by Sarah Marie Hughes
  • Sunday, October 6 @ 8 pm Joined by Bonnie Lander
    • Rain date: Saturday, October 19 @ 8 pm

Movement: Orange Grove Dance (orangegrovedance.com)
Orange Grove Dance is exploring movement and sound within and around Mirror Mirror, from visceral virtuosic movements, to stomping, clapping, singing and custom-built music scores. Artistic Directors Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves are building site-specific movements that explore both the installation’s and audience’s relationship to land and river to tap into deep relationships that communities have with the spaces they inhabit.

  • Friday, September 6 @ 8 pm
  • Saturday, September 7 @ 6 and 8 pm
  • Friday, September 13 @ 8 pm
  • Saturday, September 14 @ 6 and 8 pm

About David Schulman
The Washington Post. A 2018 Music Fellow of ART OMI, Schulman wrote and recorded the theme music for NPR’s The Big Listen and BBC’s Americana. He has composed numerous scores for modern dance and performed live at the Kennedy Center. For more than a decade, Schulman has performed programs at leading galleries and museums interpreting art into music. In 2019, he launched the ARTSOUNDS series at the Hirshhorn Museum, with a performance with/in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive Pulse Tank installation. David also created and produced the award-winning Musicians in Their Own Words public radio series (NPR, APM, PRI). For more info see: quietlifemotel.com.

About Orange Grove Dance
Orange Grove Dance, founded in 2007 by Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, is built on the ideals of integrating dance, design, film, and movement with all communities. Their work has been produced for gallery dance-cinema installations, film festivals, the Dupont Underground tunnels, city streets, public parks, black box theatres, botanic gardens, and concert stages ranging in location from the small medieval streets of Rauma, Finland, to the Terrace Theater at The Kennedy Center. They are currently working on a site-specific performance for the U.S. Botanic Garden. Krogol and Reeves hold Masters’ of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Maryland and Bachelors’ of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida. For more info see: orangegrovedance.com.

About Mirror Mirror
Mirror Mirror, created by SOFTlab, is a temporary installation that has drawn thousands of visitors and residents to Waterfront Park since its reveal this past March. Inspired by the historic Fresnel lens of Alexandria’s Jones Point Lighthouse, its mirrored surface reflects the urban environment, river and visitors themselves. The interior’s surface is washed in full-spectrum color. Mirror Mirror is the inaugural work for the Office of the Arts’ Site See: New Views in Old Town public art series. Site See is an annual exhibition of temporary public art whose goal is to attract visitors, foster interaction, provide a visual anchor and enrich the experience of Alexandria’s waterfront. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/publicart.

About Alexandria’s Office of the Arts
A division of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Activities, the Office of the Arts promotes the value of arts and culture in Alexandria by nurturing, investing in and celebrating the creative contributions of artists and arts organizations. Through engaging the community, encouraging participation, and facilitating access to the arts, the Office of the Arts works with local artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant community for all of the City’s residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/arts or follow @alexartsoffice on Instagram and Twitter. Add to the conversation with #artsALX.