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.
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.