WE THREE KINGS @ Colton Studios, Wednesday March 18th

Mar 16, 2009 by

Multi-media performance piece brings to life the stories and philosophy of legendary local artist Joey Bonhage. 

We Three Kings is an original performance installation that has been in development in New Orleans, Louisiana since October of 2007. A sneak peek of the piece will be presented at the upcoming State of the Nation Art and Performance Festival hosted by Mondo Bizarro at The Colton School on Wednesday March 18th from 7-9pm. 

After surviving both hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, Joey Bonhage passed away on Christmas day in 2008, leaving behind stories, memories and life philosophies that he shared with the community he cultivated around his home in the Garden District.  Bonhage was famous for the intricately metal flowers that he made and sold to politicians, celebrities, tourists and locals.  During the last year of his life, a small group of young artists were inspired by his passion for art, his wit and and wisdom.  Enamored by his spirit, they began developing We Three Kings, a portrait of the wisdom he passed on during the many nighttime conversations and a reflection on post-Katrina New Orleans, the backdrop of these encounters.

We Three Kings will be developed in a residency Through national arts collective SLIGHTLYaskew, We Three Kings will spend one month in residency at the Interborough Repertory Theater in New York City in July of 2009 and will premiere in New Orleans at the Fringe Festival in the fall of 2009. We Three Kings is currently creating a foundation in Joey Bonhage’s name that will sponsor one student from a New Orleans public school to attend summer art courses in Paris each summer. Profits from We Three Kings will go towards this fund. Joey Bonhage studied in Paris and often spoke to the young artists creating We Three Kings about the importance of art education for our country’s youth.  

For more information on We Three Kings and the Joey Bonhage Foundation visit www.wethreekings.info

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