Martijn van Wagtendok's "Song of Lift" took second place at ArtPrize 2012.  It is still on display on the bottom floor of UICA at 2 West Fulton.

On October 20, there will be a special performance of "Song of Lift" at UICA accompanied by members of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Here's an explanation of "Song of Lift" from

‘Song of Lift’ is a 5-minute long, fully automated, viewer sensitive opera. A fourteen-armed circular structure hangs in the center of the blackbox’s 25-foot ceiling. Its 12-foot arms hang down like a closed umbrella. From the arms, strings hang over a hundred winged objects just above the ground. This is the center of the play.

The piece is very powerful.  Adding a live musical performance will bring it to an entirely new level.

The performance on Saturday, called "Lift:  Movement and Music", begins at 6:30pm with a pre-reception cash bar.  The performance begins at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $59, $49 for members, and $79 for preferred seating.  Contact Kristine at 616-454-7000 x14 to purchase tickets.

See the video below for a preview of "Song of Lift" and to hear an explanation of the piece from it's creator, Martijn van Wagtendok.

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