Georgia Tech Arts Series

2020 - 2021

Meet the 2020-2021 Series Artists

The artists of the 2020-2021 Georgia Tech Arts Series are all profoundly talented, curious, and creative people who will inspire you through their work and deep engagement with our campus and public communities. Throughout the coming season, we will strive to create deeper and more meaningful connections between artists and our audience that can take place from the comfort of home and across the globe. Facilitating these types of conversations is central to our mission, as is continuing to integrate the work of these artists into the classroom discussions and research taking place across Georgia Tech. Take a moment to get to know the artists who will be guiding us in 2020 and 2021, whether in-person or from their own homes and studios.

While Georgia Tech Arts is proceeding with planning for fall events to begin as scheduled, we will follow the lead of the Institute, the University System of Georgia, the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia and public health experts to determine when it is safe and appropriate to resume public gatherings. Whatever the future may hold, we will continue to unveil fun opportunities to get to know each of these artists over the coming weeks and months.

Tickets will go on sale later this summer.

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Kaki King

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King has released 9 albums and is a Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Score. Considered one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, Kaki returns to Georgia Tech with DATA NOT FOUND, a sonic and visual production incorporating lush, often responsive technical theater and projection work.

Connect with Kaki King by watching one of her free masterclasses.

September 17-19, 2020
Ferst Center for the Arts

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fuse*, an Italian studio and production company exploring the expressive potential offered by the creative use of emerging digital technologies, returns after last season's popular presentation of Dökk. AMYGDALA is an art installation that builds upon the themes of Dökk by using fuse*'s proprietary algorithms to pull information from social media in real time and translate the data into stunning light displays.

September 30 – November 3, 2020
Plaza in front of the Ferst Center for the Arts

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was born in 1982 out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form, and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. What Problem? provokes the tension between belonging to a community and feelings of isolation that many feel during these divisive political times.

What Problem?
October 29, 2020
Ferst Center for the Arts

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This engagement with Georgia Tech Arts is supported by The Charles Loridans Foundation.

Adapted from Deep Blue Sea, which was originally commissioned by Park Avenue Armory and Manchester International Festival in collaboration with Holland Festival. Additional commissioning support provided by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with original support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia, Carolina Performing Arts, Indiana University Auditorium, the Center for the Arts at George Mason University, Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts, Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson Hole, WY. Rehearsed at Mana Contemporary and Bethany Arts Community. What Problem? was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Gabriel Kahane

A singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer, Gabriel Kahane is a distinct and penetrating voice in an array of cultural spaces. He will visit Georgia Tech in the fall and the spring to lead workshops and conversations around questions relating to technology and the rights we give up, explicitly or not, for convenience. His time on campus will inform his work and a performance at the Ferst Center for the Arts in a future series.

Connect with Gabriel Kahane and write him a letter.

Residency: The Right to be Forgotten
Fall 2020 & Spring 2021


Troy Schumacher

Troy Schumacher is an American choreographer, dancer, and director living in New York, NY. His athletic aesthetic draws from the artists he collaborates with to produce fresh, unexpected results. He is a soloist dancer with New York City Ballet and the founder of BalletCollective. He has been dubbed a “visionary artist” by T Magazine and is “one of his generation’s most acclaimed choreographers” (PBS). During the course of the year, Troy will meet with Georgia Tech faculty, researchers, and students to discuss concepts in neuroscience. This work will inform a world premiere collaboration with a yet-to-be-announced local dance group, which will allow for movement workshops and other explorations over the course of the residency.

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021


The Atlanta Opera

Georgia Tech Arts is embarking on a two-year partnership with The Atlanta Opera that will include artist residencies, research opportunities, and the presentation of two operas exploring the theme of technology. The first project is The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, a compelling 2017 opera by DJ and composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell that follows the key life moments of one of the most influential people of the modern age. Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Opera’s mission is to build the major international opera company that Atlanta deserves, while reimagining what the art form can be. Under the leadership of internationally recognized stage director and Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, the company works with world-renowned singers, conductors, directors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
A Southeast Premiere
February 11-14, 2021*
Ferst Center for the Arts

*Due to scheduling conflicts as a result of COVID-19, The Atlanta Opera’s Southeastern premiere of “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” has been postponed to the 2021-2022 season. Its new date will be announced at a later date.

A co-production with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Austin Opera.
The Atlanta Opera presents The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs in collaboration with Georgia Tech Arts.

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Georgia Tech School of Music

Georgia Tech Arts will partner with Georgia Tech's School of Music in presenting the 23rd annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. This one-of-kind event is dedicated to identifying the newest and greatest ideas in music. Musical inventors from around the world will share their creations and ideas about the future of music.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition
Concert & Exhibitions
March 2021
Ferst Center for the Arts


Atlanta Contemporary Dance Companies

As the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on our local arts ecosystem became apparent, Georgia Tech Arts saw an opportunity to reimagine its 2020-2021 Series to support Atlanta contemporary dancers and companies. We are currently identifying opportunities for collaboration but imagine hosting workshops and conversations with artists throughout the year, which would culminate with a performance in spring 2021. This is all made possible by a two-year grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation that began with the presentation of VIVA MOMIX on March 1, 2020 at the Ferst Center for the Arts.  

Innovation Through Dance Exploration and Learning
Workshops & Performances
Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

Image: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in What Problem? Photo by Maria Baranova.

*All artists, events, and programming subject to change.

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