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Scaffold Room Refraction

Part of Ralph Lemon: Scaffold Room

For his first major gallery-based performance work, Ralph Lemon has created distinct versions of his “lecture-performance-musical” Scaffold Room, which invite a deeper examination of the performance experience. On Thursday night, he presents Scaffold Room Refraction, an unpredictable and durational mix of live music and charged parallel performances layered across the entire evening. Featuring Scaffold Room artists Okwui Okpokwasili, April Matthis, and DJ/composer Marina Rosenfeld. Cash bar available.

Refractions continue in the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28.

Note: Performance contains mature subject matter and explicit language.


Scaffold Room is a production of Cross Performance and MAPP International Productions. The work is commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional commissioning support provided by The Doris Duke Performing Arts Award Audience Development program, the MAP Fund (a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the MetLife Foundation, the James E. Robison Foundation, and the Bossak Heilbrun Foundation. The work is co-commissioned by Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, Bard College/The Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and was developed in part through a residency at the Park Avenue Armory.