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ABOUT The Project

A Recipe for Action: Courses Against Hunger in Austin 

is a live immersive performance that combines music, dance, and visual art to create a playful feast for its audience. 


The multidisciplinary art piece engages audience members in a conversation around the issue of food insecurity in Austin, exploring the question, "what would be possible if everyone in our community was fed?" The piece takes the audience on a journey where art is made and shared using the principles of abundance, generosity and community building. 


Admission to the event is a donate-what-you-can model, where attendees can choose to donate volunteer time, money, or goods to two partnering organizations, the UT Outpost and the UT Microfarm.  

The event was conceived by two UT graduate students, DMA Composer Collin Kemeny and MFA Director Kristen Osborn as a proposal for the Rainwater Innovation Grant. 

The Experience:

This installation is a collaboration devised by a team of many artists, from varied disciplines, collaborating with a unified mission. The work combines composition, dance, visual design, dramaturgy, media design, new technology, curiosity and play to create a one of a kind theatrical "meal" in which the audience is invited to sit at the table with the artists in an immersive live performance. 

Funding & Awards:

A Recipe for Action has been generously funded by the Rainwater Innovation Grant, UT's Fine Arts Diversity Student Project Grant, and other donors, with venue venue sponsorship from Vesper

Image Above: A Recipe for Action collaborators in a workshop session where musical elements and movement patterns were devised and rehearsed

Image Above: Performers in the piece, from L to R Camille Wiltz, Ashleigh Love Taylor, Moria Small, and Lexie Nelson. Photo credit: Logan Smith

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