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{RE}Happening 2018 featuring Roomful of Teeth

{Re}HAPPENING 2018 - one of Asheville's most anticipated yearly art events featuring local and international artists.


Since 2010, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has hosted the {Re}HAPPENING, a day long event at the historic campus of Black Mountain College known as Lake Eden – 15 minutes from Asheville. The event is inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted immersive performance at Black Mountain College considered by many to be the first Happening. The {Re}HAPPENING follows in the innovative footsteps of this first Happening. It is part art event and part community instigator, providing a platform for contemporary artists to share their response to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by returning to its original site in the present day.

The 8th Annual {Re}HAPPENING will take place on Saturday, March 31st 2018 with dozens of local, regional, and national artists including the GRAMMY-winning Roomful of Teeth, a vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions all over the world, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

At the {Re}HAPPENING, Roomful of Teeth will perform in the historic Dining Hall with seating for over 250. This same Dining Hall was the heart of Black Mountain College, the place where meals were shared and heated discussions took place, but also the primary rehearsal and performance venue at the college. It was here that the Merce Cunningham Dance Company was founded and first performed; legendary theater productions such as 1948’s The Ruse of Medusa (with Buckminster Fuller, Elaine de Kooning, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham as actors and Arthur Penn directing) took place; and of course Theatre Piece No. 1, again involving Cage and Cunningham, but also M.C. Richards, Robert Rauschenberg, and Charles Olson.

As with most building on the historic BMC campus, the Dining Hall has changed very little since the college closed. Artists at the {Re}HAPPENING find it thrilling to perform and create new work in the same buildings that served as  spaces of incubation and innovation for the avant-garde of the 20th century. The resonances between past and present deepen and enrich the experience for all involved.

Each year, the {Re}HAPPENING draws over 500 attendees, features collaborations from 80+ artists, and is staffed by over 50 volunteers. Invitations will be circulated to 2300+ people, and an extensive promotional campaign is planned, including social media promotion to 9600+ followers.

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Roomful of Teeth – Shaw: Passacaglia (4th mvt) from Partita for 8 Voices
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Roomful of Teeth performs Passacaglia (4th mvt) from Partita for 8 Voices by Caroline Shaw. Recorded in the CPR Performance Studio on March 9, 2015.

Audio: Martin Skavish
Video: Irvin Coffee

Vesper Sparrow (Missy Mazzoli)
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Roomful of Teeth performing Vesper Sparrow, composed by Missy Mazzoli, on their 2015 album Render (released by New Amsterdam Records)

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This immersive teaser gives a look inside the annual {Re}HAPPENING, an event held every year at the historic Black Mountain College campus at Lake Eden. {Re}HAPPENING invites artists and thinkers to activate this location with the spirit of BMC through innovative performances and installations. Roomful of Teeth will be performing in the Dining Hall where the first Happening occurred, drawing connections between contemporary performance practice and the origins of performance art in the United States.

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Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville, North Carolina
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) preserves and continues the legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College. We achieve our mission through collection, conservation, and educational activities including exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Founded in 1993 by arts advocate Mary Holden to celebrate the history of Black Mountain College as…

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