IMAGE: Raven Chacon in collaboration with The Living Earth Show, Tremble Staves, 2019. Performance view, Sutro Baths at Lands End in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California, October 19, 2019. Courtesy the artist. Image courtesy the artist. Photograph by Roger Jones.

Tremble Staves

presented by The Contemporary Austin in partnership with Texas Performing Arts, Fusebox, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music Percussion Ensemble

UPDATE: Pre-Registration For This Event Now Closed.

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Limited Walk-Up Tickets Will Be Available.

In conjunction with This Land on view this fall at the Jones Center, Raven Chacon’s Tremble Staves will be performed at Laguna Gloria. Conceived as a site-specific work originally presented at the Sutro Baths in San Francisco, Tremble Staves considers the sanctity and scarcity of water, and tells a story of the land where the work is presented.

The site-responsive adaptation will be performed on the shore of the Colorado River at The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria on Oct 13 (Fri) in partnership with Texas Performing Arts, Fusebox, and The University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music Percussion Ensemble. Featuring Bay Area musicians The Living Earth Show (Travis Andrews and Andy Meyerson), Tremble Staves will be accompanied by an original narrative written by Austin-based interdisciplinary artist and writer, Virginia Grise.

Tickets are free and open to the public. Walk-up tickets will be available day-of.

What to know ahead of arriving at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria for Tremble Staves:

  • Please be sure to register online; a limited number of walk-up tickets will be available at the door the day of the performance.
  • The museum will open at 4:30P, and the grounds will close promptly at 7P.
  • Performance duration is estimated to be 50 minutes.
  • This performance will take place outdoors with standing room and grass seating only.
  • Seating is not assigned and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • No lawn chairs will be permitted, but blankets will be available for use.
  • Limited street parking on 35th Street is available, and ride sharing is recommended.
  • Accessibility accommodation is available with advance request upon registration.
  • No outside food and drinks are allowed.
  • Enjoy snacks and drinks at Spread & Co. and complimentary drinks at the bar before the performance.
  • Professional photography and videography will be present.

About Raven Chacon
Raven Chacon is a Pulitzer Prize–winning composer, performer, and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, and a member of Postcommodity from 2009 to 2018, Chacon has exhibited, performed, or had works performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Vancouver Art Gallery; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Borealis Festival, Seattle; SITE Santa Fe; Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; Ende Tymes Festival, New York; The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Biennial, New York; documenta 14, Athens and Kassel; Carnegie International, and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Since 2004, he has mentored more than three hundred Native high school composers in writing new string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP). Chacon is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition, the Bemis Center’s Ree Kaneko Award, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award (2022) and the Pew Fellow-in-Residence (2022).

About The Living Earth Show
The Living Earth Show commissions and presents the most ambitious work of vital musical creators, with a specific focus on foregrounding artists building work from, by, and for communities that are often marginalized and overlooked by traditional arts institutions. The Living Earth Show works with its collaborators to build multidisciplinary productions that reflect and respond to our world, allowing its collaborators to realize their most innovative and uncompromising artistic visions while inviting audiences to experience vital experimental music that challenges, engages, and inspires.

About Virginia Grise
Virginia Grise writes plays set in bars without windows, barrio rooftops, and lesbian bedrooms. She is a recipient of the Alpert Award in the Arts, Yale Drama Award, Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing. Her published work includes Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press), blu (Yale University Press), The Panza Monologues co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press) and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). Her interdisciplinary body of work includes plays, multimedia performance, dance theater, performance installations, guerilla theater, site specific interventions, and community gatherings. She is a founding member of a todo dar productions, an alumnae of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Women's Project Theatre Lab & the NALAC Leadership Institute. Grise has been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, a Matakyev Research Fellow for the Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University, a Jerome Fellow at the Playwright’s Center, and a Herberger Institute Projecting All Voices Fellow at Arizona State University. Currently, she is the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at Cara Mia Theatre. Virginia has taught writing for performance at the university level, as a public school teacher, in community centers, women’s prisons and in the juvenile correction system. She holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts.

Presented by The Contemporary Austin in partnership with Texas Performing Arts, Fusebox, and The University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music Percussion Ensemble.