Timothy White Eagle

The Violet Symphony
Mar 19 - 22, 2020

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Thu, Mar 19, 8 PM
Fri, Mar 20, 8 PM
Sat, Mar 21, 8 PM
Sun, Mar 22, 5 PM

18/19 Artist-in-Residence Timothy White Eagle’s creative process stems from Indigenous circles as a form of intuitive healing work through transformational rituals. His art practice and spiritual practice are woven together. Commissioned by On the Boards, The Violet Symphony stems from an impulse to create a story about a personal connection to addiction and addicts. Recently, he has experienced the loss of a loved one to addiction and has been ruminating about the idea of holding up a society that values all life including the addicts. 

The Violet Symphony is the story about Violet, who died of drug overdose behind a dumpster the day after Christmas seven years ago. Violet was a truly glorious person, who injected a performance art sense into life as a homeless drug addict, her panhandling often took on feeling of durational performance art, her creative impulse pushed through addiction and scarcity, or perhaps it was powered by it. The Violet Symphony is an imagined swan song she never got to sing.  

About the Artist 

Timothy White Eagle was born in Tucson, AZ. His mother was White Mountain Apache. He was given up for adoption at birth and raised by a working class white family in Washington state. He graduated from University of Utah with a BFA in Theater. 

White Eagle has worked extensively in the past two and half decades exploring Native American, Pagan, and other earth-based Spiritual practices. In 1995, he began an ongoing mentor/protégé relationship with Shoshone Elder Clyde Hall. In 2006 White Eagle began collaborating with photographer Adrain Chesser. Their work together has been displayed and published nationally and internationally. In 2014, he and Adrain released their book, The Return. He dances at a unique crossroad between art and ritual. 

In 2015, he was the indigenous advisor for Taylor Mac during the creation of A 24-Decade History. In 2016, White Eagle was one of the Dandy Minions in the 24-hour marathon performance of A 24-Decade History performed in New York City and has been on tour nationally and internationally with Taylor Mac as the Artistic Director for the Dandy Minions. 

Photo by: Naomi Ishisaka 


Commissioned by On the Boards through the 18/19 Artists-in-Residence Program