Carl Hancock Rux
Carl Hancock Rux
Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. among others. Most recently his music was featured in Ronald K. Brown’s newest work, Four Corners, created especially for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which premiered at the Koch Theater, Lincoln Centre June 12, 2013.
Mr. Rux originated the title role in the Robert Wilson/Bernice Johnson Reagon opera The Temptation of St. Anthony (based on the Gustave Flaubert novel) which played to critical and popular acclaim throughout Europe. The opera was widely lauded in its American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music/BAM Next Wave Festival in October 2004 and in its official world premiere in Nov/Dec 2005 at the Paris Opera Garnier (the first all African American opera to perform on its stage since the inauguration of the Académie Nationale de Musique - Théâtre de l'Opéra in 1875).
Rux Revue (Sony/Epic), his critically-acclaimed first cd, was voted one of the top ten alternative music cd’s of 1998 (New York Times/Year In Music), and his second cd, Apothecary Rx, is available on Giant Step records. Good Bread Alley, his the third cd, was released on Thirsty Ear Music in 2006. His latest cd is Homeostasis. Mr.
Rux has been a guest host on WNYC's Soundcheck and an occasional host on WNYC, as well as a contributing commentator on XM radio’s The Bob Edwards Show. His poetic oratorio, Mycenaean, originally commissioned by the Washington Performing Arts Center, premiered at BAM in 2006. Carl Hancock Rux was the African Diasporic Artist-in-Residence at the Miami Performing Arts Center (Arsht) where he was commissioned to create the opera Makandal (adapted from the book, "Kingdom of This World" by Cuban magic realist, Alejo Carpentier, about the Haitian slave uprising) with music by Yosvaney Terry and scenic design by Haitian artist, Edouard Duvall Carrie (to premiere at Harlem Stage, NYC, in 2014). Rux's The Blackamoor Angel, an opera in three acts with music by Deidre Murray, based on the life and macabre death of Angelo Soliman, premiered at The Richard B.
Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson). He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Prize; the NYFA Gregory Millard Playwright in Residence Fellow; the NEA/TCG Playwright in Residence Fellow; the Bessie Schomburg award; the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and the 2005 Brooklyn Arts Exchange BAX10 Arts & Artists in Progress Award. Mr. Rux was the head of the MFA Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute for the Arts, and has taught or been a faculty member at the University of Iowa, Hollins University and Brown University.
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