While two different Van Gogh "immersive experiences" are drawing all the buzz, there's another show sneaking into town, ready to take art fans inside the minds of two of the world's most iconic artists. "DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience" is a multimedia production that will explore the geniuses' works and lives for one weekend only, November 4-7, at Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Created and performed by historian and art expert Mark Rodgers, the a one-of-a-kind, immersive show brings the works of the two greatest minds and artists of the Renaissance into a contemporary light after more than 500 years.
"Audiences take an awe-inspiring journey through the Italian Renaissance, experiencing the world and its possibilities through the eyes of these two monumental geniuses," show promoters say.
Through exploration of their inventions, machines, sketches, paintings, and sculptures, organizers say, Rodgers connects the iconic work of DaVinci and Michelangelo to modern day geniuses, such as Les Paul, and Paul McCartney, and Fort Worth's own late legendary pianist Van Cliburn. The presentation — a one-man narration in front of a multimedia screen showing movies, videos, 3-D animations, and still images — is meant to encourage audiences to discover their own “inner” DaVinci and Michelangelo.
"'DaVinci & Michelangelo' has something that everyone can relate to,” Rodgers says. “The impact of everything they said and did can be found in our lives today.”
Visitors can expect to see replicas of DaVinci's inventions, such as the bicycle, on display (re-created from his own blueprints).
But this isn't just another lecture about geniuses and their work. The show gets rather dishy, too, Rodgers reveals. Who knew the guys actually couldn't stand each other? That one ate a healthier diet than the other?
"DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience" has toured across the country and is making its Texas debut with four performances at Fort Worth Botanic Garden's Dorthea Leonhardt Lecture Hall; tickets are $45 ($41 for students).
"This presentation has been shown across the country over the past seven to eight years, but it has never been shown in Texas," says FWBG spokesman Steve Huddleston. "The producer wanted to debut this presentation in Texas and chose the Fort Worth Botanic Garden because of its convenient location, outstanding facilities, and beautiful grounds. For these reasons, the producer may very well use the Garden for other presentations in the future."
Check out a preview of the show here.