The Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust is pleased to announce Rapoport Remembered I, a visual art installation and musical performance that re-imagines and re-presents Rapoport’s groundbreaking “audience participation performance” Shoe-Field (1981-1986).

Sonya Rapoport, “Shoe-Field”, documentation of installation at Media Gallery, San Francisco, 1986. Photo by Marion Gray.

Rapoport Remembered is a three-part performance series created by performer-composers Majel Connery and Kristina Dutton. Connery and Dutton are a violin/vocals duo whose work fuses old and new sounds, blending the lyricism of classical music with the mesmeric atmospheres of electronica. Joining forces with SLRT, their goal is the realization of Rapoport’s own provocative wish: the reinvention of her artwork after her death.

Shoe-Field sought to understand people via their shoe selections. The original piece invited the audience to talk about how their shoes made them feel, then a computer created a numerical data visualization based on their responses. 

 

In Rapoport Remembered I, the artists involve the audience in improvised musical “shoe portraits”, while using Rapoport’s original art materials to probe the darker sides of data collection in the modern world.

Sonya Rapoport, “Shoe-Field” collage from “Boxcar Magazine, n.d.

Rapoport Remembered I will be presented at Kala Art Institute (Berkeley) and The Bindery (San Francisco) in Spring, 2018. Rapoport Remembered II and III, an evening-length mixed media concert and podcast based on Rapoport’s life, will take place in 2019-20.

Dates and locations for upcoming performances will be announced here.

THE COMPOSER/MUSICIANS

Majel Connery

Majel Connery is a vocalist, composer, musicologist and director of Opera Cabal, a think tank of artists, scholars and makers rewriting the story of opera for the 21st century. As 2016-17 Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University, together with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Connery commissioned and performed Pulitzer-winner Caroline Shaw’s “Contriving the Chimes” with opera director Christopher Alden. Current projects include “The Sea” with Grammy-nominated A Far Cry, and two albums on Naxos/Vision Into Art Records with her composer collective, Oracle Hysterical. Connery was recently named one of KQED’s Women to Watch.

Kristina Dutton

Violinist/composer Kristina Dutton works in a wide range of musical settings, moving freely between interdisciplinary collaboration, new music, and improvisation. Conservatory trained, she has performed on more than 30 albums of various genres, appeared with numerous orchestras, and a handful of internationally acclaimed rock groups. In recent years her interest has focused on composition inspired by science, the natural world, and visual works. Her current work includes collaborative projects nationally and locally on film scores and live performances with videographers, filmmakers, visual artists, and scientists.