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Leslie Ann Leytham Dissertation Performance

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 8:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium


Vanity Run Amok isn’t a dissertation recital performed by a mezzo-soprano, it’s a TV variety show that features the best in contemporary conceptual performance art and music. Through multi-media works, live performance, and character study, Ms. Leytham hopes to reconcile the differences between her varied areas of expertise (pop music and television culture, classical singing, and contemporary score preparation), drawing inspiration from and offering a critical response to the performance practices inherent in each genre. Through this work, Leslie will give a bloated portrait of herself as an artist whose identity was immeasurably shaped by a very bizarre youth and early adulthood spent living in Las Vegas, NV, the place she can’t seem to stop calling home.


This performance piece will be shiny and obnoxious (that’s a good thing), featuring design by Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli and Ms. Leytham, and starring the inimitable Brendan Nguyen as the charismatic, yet aloof host. Vanity Run Amok will also feature music by Clinton McCallum, Nicholas Deyoe, Lenny Bruce, Bonnie Lander, Ambroise Thomas, Beat Furrer, Robert Pierzak, and Leslie Ann Leytham.


NOTE: This performance will be broadcast live on television and the internet, and seats in the studio audience are first-come, first served. 

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