Deborah Johnson – Another World Premiere from True Concord
Preparations for the southwest premiere of Timothy C. Takach’s lush and melodious musical celebration of the solar system, HELIOS, are underway at True Concord. We’ll all experience the music freshly along with visual projections created especially for these performances in Tucson, these images in their world premiere. The creator/artist, Deborah Johnson, is an interdisciplinary artist and designer specializing in stage design and performance visuals. She’s worked with artists including Sufjan Stevens, M83, Sofi Tukker, St. Vincent, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Annie B. Parson, Ray LaMontagne, Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can, and Wilco, with performances at Coachella, Disney Concert Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Museum of Modern Art, MASS MoCA, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Fillmore, The Ryman, and Wiener Konzerthaus.
She’s also created site-specific performances and installations at SXSW, Sundance, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 92Y Tribeca, MoMA, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and completed residencies at MASS MoCA, The Experimental Television Center, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Working as CandyStations, Johnson celebrates the collaborative nature of live performance, accessing a diverse network of like-minded fabricators, lighting designers, artists, and programmers to create transcendent, responsive experiences by merging digital and handmade processes. There’s everything from lines of code to piles of charcoal in this studio. If it works, use it — there are no rules.
She’s very pleased to be collaborating with Takach on this special project and unveiling her work for the first time in Tucson at True Concord’s opening weekend of shows September 30, October 1 and 2.
True Concord is grateful to our friends at Arizona Opera and the UA School of Theatre, Film and Television for their counsel in the usage of QLab software.