“Hedwig & the Angry Inch” star John Cameron Mitchell, actress Isabella Rossellini and street dance pioneer Rennie Harris are among the artists coming next season to Texas Performing Art, the University of Texas’ performing arts center.
Also on the program is the Percussion Collective, Axis Dance Company, Martha Rebone and transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey, among others.
Mitchell will perform his new show “The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig,” songs and stories from his history in a big, brash and bold rock spectacle.
Rossellini’s theatricalized lecture, “Link Link Circus,” features short comic films and home movies in a surreal monologue about the latest science on animal intelligence and emotions. Rossellini is joined onstage by various animals portrayed by Pan, her trained dog.
Narrated by Harris and set against the landscape of a video montage of African American communities of the 1970s, the multi-media “Rennie Harris Funkedfied” offers Harris’ journey through the rise of funk music and culture that ultimately evolved into hip-hop culture. Harris is currently on faculty of the UT Department of Theatre and Dance
Another highlight is “Triptych (Eyes of One on Another),” Bryce Dessner and Korde Arrington Tuttle’s multimedia performance centered around the works of influential photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Featuringe the poetry of Tuttle, Essex Hemphill, Patti Smith, and others as well as the celebrated avant-garde choral group Roomful of Teeth, “Triptych” revisits the formative impact of Mapplethorpe’s work.
See texasperformingarts.org/season for complete information.