Re-Happening arts event honors legacy of Black Mountain College


Re-Happening arts event honors legacy of Black Mountain College


Here are the details on this year's Re-Happening event, an incredible annual arts event:

Since 2010, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has hosted {Re}HAPPENING, inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted performance at Black Mountain College considered by many to be the first Happening. The 8th annual {Re}HAPPENING will reshape a singular annual art event by offering the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth alongside a dynamic roster of local and international installation, new media, music, and performance projects.

The 8th annual {Re}HAPPENING will take place Saturday, March 31st from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the historic campus of Black Mountain College, known as Lake Eden, some 15 minutes from Asheville. It is part art event, part fundraiser and part community instigator serving as platform for contemporary artists to share their response to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by returning to its original site in the present day. In addition to providing a forum for regional artists and an accessible, immersive, educational experience for attendees, every year the event is a community collaboration between local businesses and arts organizations.

Tickets on Sale Now: $20 for Advance Adult Admission, $25 – Regular Adult Admission, $15 – Youth (10+) / Student (w/ID), Children under the age of 10 are FREE with a ticket holding adult, $10 – Parking Pass, $5 – Round Trip Shuttle Pass from downtown Asheville. Food trucks will be available on site. More info: or email:


Roomful of Teeth is a vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing. Collaborators include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Glenn Kotche, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), Nick Zammuto (of The Books), Toby Twining, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Ted Hearne, Silk Road Ensemble and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.

This year, Media Arts Project + Revolve in conjunction with BMCM+AC, present a reactive multimedia installation in the John Cage room scored in three movements which feature live coding, sound, performance and visuals. The space will be a hub for chance encounters, prompted actions, and a variety of trans-disciplined activities.

Other featured pieces will include an installation and performance artwork by Warren Wilson art professors Jacob Brault, Anna Helgeson, and Julie Levin Caro, entitled Time is No Object: Jean Varda’s Trojan Horse. This experimental piece is designed to activate archival objects, and will feature performances by Warren Wilson College students. Also featured will be Peculiar Works’ Planet X, a 45-minute physical theater piece for 2 performers including video from NASA’s New Horizons mission to Mars and utilizing dance, acrobatics, magic, astrology, science, and circus techniques.

The full 8th Annual {RE}HAPPENING Lineup of artists is as follows: Zach Aliotta, Amy Anderson, Crista Cammaroto, Julie Caro, Rhona Eve Clews, Maggie Finnegan, Lei Han, Wendell Kling, Kathy Leiner, Ralph Lewis, Chas Llewellen, Alli Marshall, Caroline McAlister, Anna McNeary, Frank Measdows, The Media Arts Project + Revolve, Mystery Meat, Pamelia Pate, John Pugh, Roomful of Teeth, Dan Ruccia, Silvia Sheffield, Abby Wendle, Madalyn Wofford, and Dirk Adams.