Solo performed two sold-out shows at New York’s Guggenheim Museum on Friday (May 19, 2017) at an event titled “On Ode To,” whose invite foreshadowed that the event was aiming for something more than just a musical performance.
Solange issued that phones and cameras would be collected prior to the show, and she asked that attendees wear all white. I love both "rules." No cell phones means you'll be completely engaged in the performance and the dress code brings attendees into the performance.
Hosted by Red Bull Music Academy, the event was described as “an interdisciplinary performance piece and meditation on themes from A Seat at the Table that incorporates movement, installation and experimentally reconstructed musical arrangements.”
Solange was backed up on the first floor by two vocalists, six musicians and eight dancers. Playing off on the Guggenheim circular space, a 13-member horn ensemble played above the band on the space’s second floor. Later on in the performance, 32 additional dancers descended to the ground floor for the event’s grand finale.
According to the NY Times, dancers included Kristen Foote of the Limón Dance Company and Davalois Fearon of the Stephen Petronio Company.
Peep more images from the event. Photography via by Carys Huws, Krisanne Johnson, and Stacy Kranitz for Red Bull Music Academy.