Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) has graced the Cutler Majestic stage, prompting necessary questions about the relationship between an artist and their art. With this inventive collaboration surrounding Mapplethorpe’s work, we invite you to the conversation. Below, we have some prompts to get you thinking and welcome comments on this blog post. You can also share on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram your first thoughts, impressions, or whatever may resonate after the show.
Thank you for joining us for this once in a lifetime performance of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another). Stayed tuned for more audience reactions and reviews linked below as we continue to celebrate this monumental production!
1. Whether you are familiar with Mapplethrope’s work or not, Triptych shows the photos at a new scale through a different lens, what did the work inspire in you?
2. How can we grapple with the nuances of celebrated people?
3. What did you glean from the actor in the space?
“One of my friends commented that although he’d seen many shows at ArtsEmerson, this one seemed to generate the most discussion afterwards. What more can one ask from a work of art?” – Theatre Mirror
“Triptych explores the very limits of artistic expression for an age in which almost nothing seems shocking.” – Boston Classical Review
“IT ISN’T SO MUCH A PORTRAIT OF MAPPLETHORPE AS A MEDITATION ON THE MAN, HIS WORK, AND HIS LEGACY. There was the re-imagining of a Monteverdi madrigal that laments a dead beloved, underlining the fact that Mapplethorpe, Hemphill, and many of the men pictured would perish young in the AIDS crisis. Isaiah Robinson, a simmering force of a tenor with a falsetto to die for, lined out a keening hymn while vocal band Roomful of Teeth backed him up with haunting, laser-precise harmonies. Singing a velvety spiritual, Alicia Hall Moran wielded her mezzo voice like a knife made of rose petals.” – The Boston Globe
“Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) serves up a cool emotional package: the vocal wizardry of Roomful of Teeth, the eye-catching photographs of Mapplethorpe, and the dense poetry of Smith and Hemphill.” – The Arts Fuse
“Overwhelmingly somber and memorable.” – Eileen M., Facebook
“Loved it…beautiful.” – Steve B., FaceBook
“Wow! Tryptich was gorgeous.” Kristin M., Facebook