ReHappening returns to former Black Mountain College campus after 2 year hiatus

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News

After a brief pandemic hiatus, Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center returns April 2 for the 10th anniversary of ReHappening. 

"The ReHappening is something we've been doing since 2009," said Kate Anderson, outreach manager. 

The Philip Glass Ensemble headlines ReHappening 10, the 10th anniversary of the Black Mountain College event.

Inspired by experimental composer and former Black Mountain College teacher John Cage's unscripted "Theatre Piece No. 1," ReHappening takes place annually after Cage's first Happening. 

The event brings together contemporary artists whose work continues the legacies of Black Mountain College visionaries such as Cage, according to a statement from the organization. 

"The goal of the ReHappening is to go out to that historic site that was Black Mountain College and bring that spirit of experimentation and performance back to the campus," Anderson said. 

Now, the campus serves as Camp Rockmont, a Christian summer camp for boys. 

Anderson said ReHappening began as a small affair, a sit down dinner in the dining hall. It has since evolved into an event encompassing more than 20 art projects throughout the afternoon and evening. 

This year's event features multiple performances by the Philip Glass Ensemble, a collection of musicians playing amplified pianos and woodwinds. 

Local organizations will be a part of ReHappening as well, according to Anderson. Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, Different Wrld and Asheville Rhythm make up a few of the roughly two dozen performances set to take place at the event. 

"These are all projects that were going to happen in 2020," Anderson said. "We reached back out to all of the artists. Almost every single one of them was back on board."

ReHappening represents a fundraiser, community instigator and platform for local and national artists all rolled into one, according to Black Mountain College. Installations at the event include new media, immersive projects, music and performances. 

Though featured artists typically headline the event, Anderson said local creators hold important roles in ReHappening.

"We've always had an emphasis on working with our local partners," Anderson said. 

ReHappening 10 will take place April 2 from 3-10 p.m. Tickets are $28 in advance, $35 regular and $15 for youth. Parking passes cost $15, but a shuttle service provided by BMCM is free. 

For more information and tickets, visit www.rehappening.com

Ezra Maille covers the town of Black Mountain, Montreat and the Swannanoa Valley. Reach him at 828-230-3324 or emaille@blackmountainnews.com. Please support local journalism with access to more breaking news by subscribing.