Thursday, Mar 23 2017

From Talking Heads to soaring sabers, David Bryne sounds off on swords, songwriters and what he calls “the biggest glitter cannon show of your life.”

ContempColour_DavidByrne2.png{ CREDIT: TURNER ROSS, SOURCE: CONTEMPORARY COLOR PRESS KIT}

SPORT OF THE ARTS

Contemporary Color is a film like no other. A captivating artistic experience that draws viewers into suspended fascination with its extravaganza of sound and color—each note as vivid as the flags flying precariously through the air. It’s a sonic and visual masterpiece that follows visionary artist David Bryne as he shines a spotlight on the Color Guard—a cultural underdog colloquially known as the ‘sport of the arts.’

Never heard of color-guard? Don’t be blue, you’re not alone. Picture an excitable group of people dressed in uniform, performing themed choreography while firing rifles, tossing flags, swords and sabers through the air, all the while matching beat for beat with a live marching band or recorded music. On an artistic level, Bryne describes it as “…an art and performance form of the people—the programs they create showcase their concerns, their joys and enthusiasms. Some of those concerns are, I saw, surprisingly dark and serious; folks out there have a lot on their minds and here is, it seems, a way to express those concerns. At other times it is a way to celebrate beauty, humor, skills, love and the healing our collective wounds.” Byrne continues, “It's a wonderful, peculiar, under-appreciated and very creative art form that deserves to be seen and experienced—in a slightly different context, by a wider public.” 

ENTER, CONTEMPORARY COLOR

And what exactly is this?” posits Byrne, “Is it an art piece? Performance art? A spectacle? A pop culture mash-up? Worlds in collision? Well, all of the above, really…” he offers. Rolling Stone magazine summarizes Bryne’s endeavor as “an attempt to reconcile seemingly oppositional entities: sports and art, downtown and suburbia, pop stars and regular folk. His show pairs 10 North American Color Guard teams with marquee musicians from across the alterna-verse, each performing a new song specifically written for the routines.” The star-studded musical roster includes Nelly Furtado, Lucius and Jazz Festival alum St. Vincent (with whom Bryne released the collaborative album Love This Giant), to name a few.

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MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY PALETTE

Not only is Contemporary Color a visual and sonic marvel—themes of collaboration, trust and hope elevate the film to the status of social and cultural commentary. Witnessing the collaborative journey of Color Guard team and musician is an inspiring example of how seemingly dissimilar forms of creative expression come together to make something greater than the sum of its parts. A reminder that cooperation and embracing diversity are key to societal innovation and to promoting peace and respect. The performances themselves also provide a bright light of hope—telling a story of transformation, taking a military exercise once used in battle and turning it into a stunningly beautiful example of trust and collaborative expression.

 

Top all that with, in Bryne’s words, “Elaborate costumes, professional athleticism combined with modern dance, and rock stars in their element—all culminating in the biggest glitter cannon show of your life.” Let’s just say, it’s one of things you just need to see for yourself. 

Don't miss this one-time-only screening!

SHOW DETAILS
Tuesday, March 28 @ 7PM
Broadway Theatre (map)
Advance $7, Day of $10
Rated PG

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{ HEADER IMAGE PHOTO CREDIT: FILM STILL, SOURCE: CONTEMPORARY COLOR PRESS KIT }