Mardi Gras Suites and Quartets 1974/2018

Performance July 14, 2018, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA

“Mardi Gras Suites and Quartets, 1974/2018” revisits one of Girouard’s seminal early works embedded in post-modern vortex of 1960s-1970s NY.  The 16-member cast consists of both emerging and established artists in the community who represent a variety of art forms: dance, theater, music, culinary, visual, and film. All costumes are provided by local vintage clothing boutiques in addition to fabrics from "Solomon's Lot" used in the 1974 production. “Mardi Gras Suites and Quartets, 1974/2018” is directed by Paige Barnett and Alexis Young, and will be filmed live by Jon-David Mahoney of MagicBusTV. 

Tina Girouard

   was born in DeQuincy, LA in 1946, and graduated from UL Lafayette before moving to New York City. There, she pioneered video, installation and performance art while collaborating with others in the post-minimalist vortex of lower Manhattan and surrounds. She went on to a distinguished 40 year visual art career, with studios in Louisiana, New York and Haiti. Her work has been included in Documenta 6, the Venice Biennale, the Paris Biennale, with a mid-career retrospective at the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City.

"Mardi Gras Suites and Quartets", 1974, was originally recorded on video at the legendary NYC artist collective, The Kitchen, known for its role in supporting the new art forms of the time - video and performance art.

Paige Barnett

  is an active dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker in Lafayette, LA. She is currently a Basin Dance Collective company member and has performed as a guest artist for ULL Lafayette Performing Arts, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum. In January 2018, Barnett directed a collaborative visual arts and dance film that was selected to be screened by the NYC’s NACHMO Film Project. She most recently co-directed and choreographed a dance-film that won an “Official Selection” for the Mobile Phone Dance Film Festival, sponsored by 92Y Harkness Theater in NYC. Barnett is excited to begin her career as a performance art director and choreographer in the rework of Tina Girouard’s “Mardi Gras Suites and Quartets” at Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Alexis Young

  originally from New Orleans, is a graphic designer and photographer now living in Lafayette, LA. Though Young has done numerous creative jobs commercially, in April 2018, she was invited to attend Pomellato’s premiere branding seminar, “Avventure in Pomellato”, in NYC. She most recently debuted as an independent filmmaker and cinematographer for “Periscope,” an “Official Selection” of the Mobile Phone Dance Film Festival in NYC. Young is currently the production artist and manager of the luxury boutique, Kiki, in Lafayette, LA. She has taken the role of director and designer in the restaging of Tina Girouard’s “Mardi Gras Suites and Quartets” at Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Dickie Landry

  legendary Louisiana musician, composer, photographer, artist, still bush hogs on the farm where he grew up in Cecilia, LA. After performing in Louisiana dance halls with the Swing Kings, sitting in with Clifton Chenier and others, Landry set his sites on New York where he became a founding member of the Philip Glass Ensemble while developing his own unique style. He has performed solo concerts worldwide in addition to working with such luminaries as Laurie Anderson, The Talking Heads, Paul Simon. Landry stays in demand for his own and other's projects both near and far, appearing this summer in Italy, in the Robert Wilson staging of “Oedipus Rex”.