2018 SOLUNA Festival: Eyes as Bright as Diamonds
New York-based visual and performance artist Jen Ray will collaborate with Texan singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe on a newly-commissioned performance piece as a prelude to the 2018 Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival and in partnership with Dallas Art Fair.
Eyes as Bright as Diamonds is the creation of Ray, who was raised in South Carolina and established her career in Berlin. Ray’s work explores feminism and the dark side of glamour. In this work, Jaffe will unite with squads of women to create a sense of pageantry, celebration and tension.
Eyes as Bright as Diamonds will be performed on the radial staircase of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center lobby with viewers situated above the scene. The squads have been cast from three outstanding arts institutions here in North Texas – Booker T. Washington High School, Haltom High School, and Southern Methodist University. Tap and ballroom dancers, drumline and color guard will create a sense of spectacle and wonderment. This performance will also highlight the talents of local choreographer Sherri Segovia and stylist Carlos Alonso-Parada.