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ISLANDS: The Lost History of the Treaty that Changed the World

Islands: The Lost History of the Treaty that Changed the World

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater (SOLD OUT)
$8 general public; $5 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $4 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater (SOLD OUT)
$8 general public; $5 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $4 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater (SOLD OUT)
$8 general public; $5 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $4 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Click here to read the Hartford Courant feature Wesleyan Debuts 'Epic' Theater Piece 'Islands’ by Christopher Arnott. 

A play by Ron Jenkins

Researched in collaboration with the ARMA Museum and Banda Islands Heritage Foundation
Presented by the Theater Department with the support of the Asian Cultural Council
Featuring guest artists Dinny Aletheiani, Nyoman Catra Ph.D. '05, Novirela Minangsari, and Suhail Yusuf
Original gamelan music by Music Department Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito
Original choral music by Wesleyan John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce
Design concept by Made Wianta
Epilogue by Muni Rahman and Connor Aberle

Islands commemorates the 350th anniversary of the 1667 Treaty of Breda, in which the Dutch ceded Manhattan to the English in exchange for the tiny spice island of Rhun, now part of Indonesia's Banda archipelago. Using music, dance, puppetry, and documentary texts, the play explores the treaty's legacy of colonialism and the relationship between Indonesia and the United States.

Made possible with the support of the ARMA Museum of Art, Wesleyan's Center for Pedagogical Innovation through the Davis Educational Foundation, the Writing Certificate, Global Studies, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, (R)eintueten GMbH, and the Indonesian Consulate of New York. Commissioned by Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Islands will also be performed in New York on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 4pm at the Indonesian Consulate, located at 5 East 68th Street. Admission to this New York performance is free.

Click here to see photos from this event.

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