STEPS by John Cage performed by NCSU Dance Company

In collaboration with the NCSU Dance Program and facilitated by painter and founder of Mountain Lake Symposium Ray Kass, the NCSU Dance Company and dancer Justin Tornow performed John Cage’s “Steps”, a composition for a painting. The composition is a soundscape for the creation of a painting by individuals or groups, who use various materials to create a work of art – in this case, two 30-foot sheets of paper, trays of ink, and a specially-designed wash brush and trough. The paintings, as noted in The Mountain Lake Symposium and Workshop-Art in Locale, can resemble Zen paintings footprints in a riverbed. One such work is currently on display as part of the Gregg’s Rural Avant-Garde exhibit.