Photo by Lynn Lane

AFTER A WEEKLONG residency sponsored by Rice Public Art, the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre premiered “Vespertine Awakenings” Feb. 27 at the James Turrell Skyspace. The performance was part of the opening celebration of Rice’s new Moody Center for the Arts. The commissioned dance work was presented with an original music score by composer Kurt Stallmann of the Shepherd School of Music. “I wanted to create a work where I mix colors similar to the way Turrell blends four colors of light to create all of the amazing hues for his shows,” Stallmann said. “In this piece’s sound recording, each singer was given the freedom to enter and exit the texture at their own pace. This had the effect of smearing harmonies and creating many different sound colors.” Visit