Watch presentations of live music, dance, theater or poetry as we activate the Te Ata Theater, our sun-filled Dance Studio and casual performance spaces indoors and out. See program descriptions for reservation information for on-site programs. Virtual programs can be viewed here and will remain online for viewing one week after each event.
An Evening with Fire in Little Africa
7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 24
Main Building | North Lawn
Free tickets required. Reservations available April 8.
Join us for an evening of music and memory featuring hip-hop project Fire in Little Africa and Greenwood Art Project’s mobile exhibition, the G.A.P. Van. Organized by the Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center in collaboration with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, Fire in Little Africa brings together top rappers, singers, musicians and visual artists in Oklahoma to commemorate the centennial of the 1921 Massacre and introduce Tulsa’s hip-hop culture to a global audience. The G.A.P. Van is a multi-use, collaborative, mobile art exhibition, workshop space and poster project engaging Oklahoma residents to create posters that share their stories and reflect their voices in collaboration with PBS American Portrait. Come participate in this powerful, healing approach to commemorating the Tulsa Massacre and the history of the Greenwood neighborhood. The Greenwood Art Project is part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. This program will contain mature content.
Learn more here.
As One by Painted Sky Opera
In person | 7:30 p.m. May 14 and 15 | 2 p.m. May 16
Main Building | Te Ata Theater
Livestream | May 15 or on demand | May 15-June 15
Music by Laura Kaminsky
Text by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Original film by Kimberly Reed
As One tells the coming-of-age story of a transgender woman whose journey is depicted with humor and empathy by two singers — Hannah before and Hannah after. The opera follows Hannah from childhood to college and adulthood to self-realization when she travels alone to a different country. This powerful and unforgettable work comes to Oklahoma City in a new production after dozens of performances across the United States over the last five years.
Painted Sky Opera is proud to present As One in partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary in the new Te Ata Theater. This is Painted Sky Opera’s first production at Oklahoma Contemporary. Learn more about As One here.
Dead Languages by Jonathan Wei
7-8 p.m. Thursday, June 3
Main Building | Arnall Family Terrace
Free tickets required. Reservations available May 20.
Writer, performer and director Jonathan Wei joins us for a reading of Dead Languages, a powerful telling of his own coming-of-age story. Growing up as an anomalous, biracial kid in small Southern and Midwestern towns, Wei became attuned at a young age to subtext – the stories behind the stories. Offered concurrently with the exhibition We Believed in the Sun, Dead Languages explores Wei’s memories of living through desegregation in the American South, one lived experience that reflects many others, past and present, as we navigate public spaces and shared institutions daily. We Believed in the Sun is on view in our Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery May 6 – Aug. 9.