Tampa's Arts Scene Goes Gasp! Again
In the atrium of the Tampa Museum of Art, a dancer moved gracefully to pensive piano music. That was just one of the many acts at last year's GASP!--a one night festival for theater, dance, poetry, music and more.
This year, GASP! is back.
The festival is a collaborative effort between the Tampa Museum of Art and Creative Loafing.
David Warner, editor-in-chief of Creative Loafing, said there was something missing among other Tampa-based festivals that occur in the month of March.
These types of festivals are common in bigger cities--places like New York and Philadelphia, Warner said.
This year, Karleigh Chase will perform her one-woman play entitled Memoirs of a Painted Woman, which fictionalizes the perspective of women captured in some of the world's most iconic paintings and photos.
Think: Mona Lisa and Marilyn Monroe.
She opens the piece with a depiction of Frida Kahlo, a 20th-century Mexican painter, referencing a self-portrait.
Here's an excerpt: I'm not beautiful. You're wondering why I'm here. Wondering why the only female artist decided to paint herself as a man. What can I say? I've never truly felt like a woman.
"Prepare to be surprised," Warner said.
GASP! is on March 27 at the Tampa Museum of Art, beginning at 6:00 p.m.