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Award-winning choreographer Andrea Ariel, in collaboration with the Austin-based David Bowie tribute band Super Creeps and NYC’s Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, is bringing a hybrid performance of dance, theater, and live music in the form of Soundpainting to the Stateside Theatre starting January 30. Through the music of the famed rock and roll shape-shifter, The Bowie Project explores themes of identity in an experimental mash-up of a live music concert with theater and dance, creating an exciting, unpredictable theatrical and musical experience.

Soundpainting is the composing sign language, created by Walter Thompson and The Walter Thompson Orchestra, that allows a composer/conductor to sculpt a live, multidisciplinary performance in real time. Audiences will enjoy a top-notch selection of Bowie covers and experience many surprises along the way. No two shows will be the same. Every show will end with an encore Super Creeps performance and an invitation for the audience to dance.

As part of The Bowie Project and Strike Anywhere’s artistic exchange in Austin, Ariel is teaming up with Adam Sultan to initiate the formation of a regular Austin Soundpainting group. Ariel and guest artist Walker are leading an introductory workshop in January open to Austin musicians, actors, dancers, visual and media artists. This future collective will serve as an incubator for artists interested in working in structured improvisation, exploring the language of Soundpainting and performing regular shows of a hybrid nature similar to that of The Bowie Project.

I hope you will join us and help make The Bowie Project a huge success! Thanks for reading!

Cultural Arts Division

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division, which believes an investment in the arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at



This production has been generously funded by The Creative Fund’s Q Rental Subsidy Grant program. The Creative Fund is a funding mechanism that provides much needed support to local performing artists enabling them to further their creative endeavors.


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