ASU Gammage Beyond

A series as eclectic as it is refined, ASU Gammage’s BEYOND Series is like no other in the country.
This carefully curated performing art series brings world-class artists into our community. These artists immerse themselves by not only presenting evocative and compelling work, but also by connecting to our Valley residents through engaging Cultural Participation programs. The artist residency programs and master classes through this special connection to community leave a lasting legacy. This boutique series has been presented for more than 20 years and this season brings some unique artists you won’t want to miss.

Vijay Iyer / Mike Ladd   Holding It Down - Saturday, October 17, 2015  7p.m.
(recommended for 8th grade and above)
In Holding It Down,  brillant Jazz composer/musician Vijay Iyer and acclaimed spoken word poet Mike Ladd explore the experiences of American veterans of color of post-9/11 wars through the medium of  Veterans dreams. Ladd’s lyrical adaptations of these accounts are juxtaposed with Iyer’s lush, potent music, and with first-person poetic contributions from Maurice Decaul, a writer who served with the Marines in Iraq, and Airforce Veteran and drone pilot Lynn Hill. Decaul and Hill’s original, brave, from-the-gut contributions and performances became the soul of this beautiful, sometimes difficult and moving project.

Sanford Biggers Moon Medicine -  Saturday, November 21, 2015 7p.m.
(recommended for high school ages)
Moon Medicine is a musical and optical experiment conducted by interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers. His live work, by turns troubling and inspiring, weaves found images of funk, film noir, punk, sci-fi, traditional Samoan dance, and Buddhism with original video content and improvised turntableism and veejaying. The result is an evocative concert that is as much jam session as it is a performative film screening/video installation.

Meredith Monk – ON BEHALF OF NATURE - Saturday, January 30, 2016  7p.m.
Contemporary music/theater icon Meredith Monk returns to ASU Gammage.  Her new work On Behalf of Nature offers a poetic meditation on our intimate connection to the natural world and the fragility of its ecology. Monk and her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble create a liminal space where human, natural and spiritual elements are woven into a delicate whole, illuminating connection and dependency among all things, all people.

Aaron Landsman -   Open House   March 2016, downtown Phoenix
OPEN HOUSE is a small play about the big city, small enough to be performed in living rooms throughout Phoenix and big enough to ask how we live in our city now and into the future. The play follows two narratives: the evocative sales pitch of a real estate salesman named Three, and the story of Rick and Jane, a young couple trying to figure out how to sustain a relationship, start a family and live as active members of a city that sometimes seems out of control. Set against the backdrop of turbo gentrification, rising rents and the insecurity of urban living, OPEN HOUSE asks how we can participate in the ongoing evolution of our city.

Camille Brown & Dancers
BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play - Saturday, April 16, 2016  7PM   Gammage                  
BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play
depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a Black female in urban American culture. In a world where Black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency, or trauma, this work seeks to represent a fuller spectrum of the black female and the complexity of negotiating ourselves in this racially and politically charged world. BLACK GIRL uses African- American social dancing, rhythmic play, and musical compositions to better illustrate who “black girl” knows herself to be. It is Brown’s hope that this work resonates, inspires, and encourages Black Girls everywhere. Ms. Brown draws from Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and Daniel Silberberg’s Wonderland: The Zen of Alice, and Slide: Games as Lessons in Black Musical Style as resource

ASU Gammage acknowledges the generous support of our season sponsors.