The Music with Rob Faust
Rob Faust will appear with the Winfield Regional Symphony at 7:30, April 21 in the Brown Center Theatre. The newly commissioned Mask Symphony by Cowley College instrumental music director, Gary Gackstatter will be performed for the first time. Since 1983, Rob Faust has appeared worldwide at a variety of venues, including The Sydney Opera House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Kentucky Center for the Arts, and The Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
Mr. Faust has performed and choreographed with Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Martha Clarke, Mangrove, Jules Feiffer, and the Paul Winter Consort. His sculptures and masks have been commissioned by the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Pilobolus, Momix, Harvard University, The Paul Winter Consort, and David Kirk/ Callaway Editions, Inc. Faustwork company members also appear hundreds of times annually at theatres, festivals, universities, corporate events, and schools throughout the United States and Canada. Robert Faust, native New Orleanian, is the founder and artistic director of Faustwork Mask Theatre. Mr. Faust designs and creates all the masks used in Faustwork shows, which include The Mask Messenger, Faustwork In Concert, Voice of the Wood, and Carnival Knowledge. He currently resides in Canada.
Local audiences will remember Faust for his work with PrairieFest. He was commissioned to add a visual element to cellist, Eugene Friesen’s composition “Grasslands”. The choreographed performance in Arkansas City, Kansas included masked dancers, the Winfield Regional Symphony Orchestra and The Paul Winter Consort. He also has worked with the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina. A bronzed mask of “Old Man River” was created for the event and a troupe of masked characters (local actors) paraded both on and off stage. While on campus, Faust will hold workshops with the college drama and 3D art classes as well as at Arkansas City High School.