Hans Tutschku. Photo: Stephanie Mitchell

virtual bodies: an evening with Hans Tutschku

April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Lois Chiles Studio Theater, free and open to the public

Visiting German composer Hans Tutschku presents an evening of electroacoustic music in the Moody’s Lois Chiles Studio Theater.  A master in the practice of audio diffusion, Tutschku uses the theater space itself as his instrument while directing sounds from above, in front of, and behind the audience through a sixteen-channel sound system. Tutschku will also perform two works for piano and electronics, including a world premiere of virtual bodies. This performance is presented by REMLABS and the Moody Center for the Arts.

Leo Villareal, Radiant Pathway, 2010. Photo: Nash Baker

Artist in Dialogue: Leo Villareal

April 6, 2018 - 6:00pm

Join us for a talk with Leo Villareal, whose immersive new installation Particle Chamber (2017) is on view in the Moody's Media Arts Gallery Feb. 2-Dec. 31, 2018. Utilizing the latest projection technology to create dynamic points of light across a hemisphere of screens, Villareal enables visitors to encounter an ethereal chamber of ever-moving pixels algorithmically programmed to form infinitely new patterns.

Twilight Epiphany (2012), The James Turrell Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion at Rice University. Photo Paul Hester. Image courtesy Rice University.

Hans Tutschku: nighttime songs from afar

April 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
James Turrell Twilight Ephiphany Skyspace, free and open to the public

Immediately following the Twilight Epiphany sunset sequence, the Skyspace will host a sound and light installation composed by German composer Hans Tutschku. Composed specifically for Twilight Epiphany, Tutschku’s new work nighttime songs from afar will create an imaginary voyage by weaving voices from around the world into a complex, diverse, and harmonious whole through an immersive sound and light installation. The composition combines the breathtaking light of the Skyspace with sounds of folk songs, prayers, and lullabies from around the globe to form a ritualistic sensory event not to be missed. Tutschku performs at the premiere on April 7, with introductions by Kurt Stallmann. The work is ongoing through April 23, 2018, immediately following daily sunset light sequences.

Free and open to the public. Reservations can be made online at Skyspace.rice.edu.

Lisa Edwards-Burrs performs Auksalaq, score excerpt by Matthew Burtner. Photo by Joe Adkins

EcoSono: Matthew Burtner

April 13, 2018 (All day)
April 14, 2018 (All day)

The Moody will present a selection of musical works by musician and composer Matthew Burtner and the collective EcoSono as part of the 2018 Rice University Cultures of Energy Symposium. This innovative multimedia performance addresses climate change and the role the arts can play in shaping conversations around the future of the planet.

Founded and directed by Burtner, EcoSono is a nonprofit environmental arts organization that comprises environmentalists, musicians, and artists working for environmental sustainability and human creativity in collaboration with nature. They will perform together with Loop38, a local collective of passionate musicians bringing new music to Houston.

Open Dance Project's DADA GERT. Choreography by Annie Arnoult. Photo by Lynn Lane.


May 11, 2018 - 8:00pm
May 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
May 18, 2018 - 8:00pm
May 19, 2018 - 8:00pm

DADA GERT is an immersive work of dance theater conceived, choreographed, and performed by Annie Arnoult and Open Dance Project. The show is inspired by Valeska Gert (1892-1978), a pioneering Jewish dancer/performance artist/film star in Weimar-era Berlin. Audiences will be integrated into the performance space by walking throughout the site-specific, multimedia set designed specifically for the Moody’s Lois Chiles Studio Theater. Original projections designed by Ryan McGettigan, together with music, dance, and costumes, collectively inspired by Gert’s life and performance career will transport audiences to early 1920s Germany.