RITES: Asheville NC, 2011
RITES is a collaboration between myself, dancer/choreographer Garth Grimball, and musician/composer Michael Libramento. We built a free-standing backdrop on the site of a leveled transmission repair shop along the banks of the French Broad River in Asheville's River Arts District. I painted a mural on-site over one month, and at the end of that time we showcased a one-time performance of jazz-fusion dance set to a live, original percussion score. The piece was inspired by the rituals of Spring, as well as the environment and momentum of the river around us.

Special thanks to RiverLink, River Arts District Association, Asheville Mural Project, Arts2People, Steve Spurgeon, Court McCracken, all the dancers and musicians who volunteered their time, and our many sponsors who made this possible.

Photos by Michael Oppenheim.

Photos by Colby Rabon.