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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts 
Calendar Listings for September 2012

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts
283 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459
Email: boxoffice@wesleyan.edu
Phone: 860-685-3355

Type: Music
Title of Event: "Bach to School" Organ Concert
Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, September 7, 2012 at 8:30pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Antonio Soler wrote concertos for two organs, which will be performed downstairs in Memorial Chapel on two pipe organs in separate rooms by Alex Kelley '13 and Jason Sheng Jia '13, using their smartphones to coordinate their performance. Segue upstairs, where Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht will perform works by Bach, Bruce, Mozart, Scott and Sowande.

Type: Gallery Talk and Exhibition Opening
Title of Event: "Performance Now" Opening Reception
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5pm-7pm; Gallery Talk at 5:30pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

Gallery Talk at 5:30pm by Guest Curator RoseLee Goldberg.

In her groundbreaking book “Performance Art: From Futurism To The Present” (1979 and 2011), art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg shows that performance is central to the history of 20th century art and that it is a driving force in shaping contemporary art today. In 2005, she launched Performa 05, the first biennial of visual art performance, and predicted that performance would become "the medium of the 21st century." Indeed, its time has come. “Performance Now” is an exhibition that will debut at Wesleyan, and show how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last ten years from around the globe. Segments of the exhibition featuring video, film and photography, by artists including Marina Abramovi?, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons, will be showcased in Zilkha Gallery. The exhibition also extends to a film series, selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson '05.

“Performance Now” is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. “Performance Now” is a traveling exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and Performa, New York. The curator for the exhibition is RoseLee Goldberg, Artistic Director and founder of Performa. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI's Access Fund.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: ZviDance's "Zoom"
Location: CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, September 14 & Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: $23 General Public; $19 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $6 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Pre-performance talk with Zvi Gotheiner, Artistic Director of ZviDance, on Friday, September 14 at 7:30pm in CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT.

A collaborative New York-based artist alliance led by the choreographic vision of Israeli-born Zvi Gotheiner, ZviDance creates stirring works that meld movement genres into a distinct dance vocabulary that has immersed crowds into the depths of the human experience for over twenty years. At Wesleyan, ZviDance presents the Connecticut premiere of the interactive piece “Zoom” (2010), which harnesses the lively energy of the democratization of social networking and shatters the wall between the audience and performers. The company integrates audience cell-phone photos and texts into real-time video collages projected into the theater that serve as a backdrop to an engaging and surprising evening of dance. A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

"One does not just watch a dance by Zvi Gotheiner. One enters a world with its own internal logic, a sensual, organic world of movement, language and images where one is pulled along by currents unseen and inevitable."
--Dance Magazine

Type: Music
Title of Event: Youth Gamelan Ensemble Rehearsals Begin
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10am
Admission: $30 for a semester of classes Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The Youth Gamelan Ensemble was founded as a Center for the Arts program in 2002 by Wesleyan Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, who guides the group along with Professor Sumarsam and Director Joseph Getter. The ensemble is open to all children ages 7 and up. The group learns traditional music from Java, Indonesia and rehearses Saturday mornings from 10am to 11am during both the fall and spring semesters. Classes conclude with a performance with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble on Thursday, December 6 at 7pm.

Type: Music Title of Event: Peter Standaart - “Legends of the Flute”
Location: The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 3pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

As the oldest wind instrument, the flute has inspired many composers to write unaccompanied works based on the rich legends of the instrument as represented in mythology, literature, ritualistic ceremonies and as the voice of birds. Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Peter Standaart will take the audience on a journey through some of these traditional and magical uses of the solo flute.

Type: Artist Talk/Gallery Exhibition Reception
Title of Event: “Andrew Raftery: Open House” Artist Talk & Exhibition Reception
Location: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 5pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Talk by artist Andrew Raftery: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 5pm in the CFA Hall; reception to follow in Davison Art Center.

With swelling lines and precise flecks, Andrew Raftery uses the age-old technique of copper-plate engraving to create thoroughly contemporary scenes. In his series of five prints, “Open House,” the artist depicts a range of couples and families viewing a house for sale. These prints are striking for both the exacting process through which they were created--it took Mr. Raftery over six years to conceptualize and complete the series--and their subject matter, which avoids the dramatic in favor of a detailed interpretation of everyday life. The exhibition includes architectural models, figure models, and over fifty working drawings. The result is an exquisitely detailed commentary on contemporary definitions of home, family, and interpersonal relations.

The exhibition and accompanying catalog were organized by the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, and funded in part by the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Endowment Fund and the Walter Cerf Exhibitions Endowment. Support for this exhibition at Wesleyan comes from the Lemberg Fund.

Type: Film Series
Title of Event: “Performance Now” Film Series – “French Conceptual Dance”
Location: Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

The films will be introduced by Performa Film and Dance Curator Lana Wilson '05 with a reception to follow.

In the 1990s, a new wave of highly conceptual choreographers emerged in France. Now, these artists are at the forefront of avant-garde European dance and performance. This program presents two very different films by choreographers who came out of this wave:

Boris Charmatz & Dimitri Chamblas—“Les Disparates” (1994) A delightful, beautifully shot exploration of the possibilities for fragmenting dance through editing, from bar to boathouse and back again.

Jerome Bel—“Veronique Doisneau” (2004) A ballet dancer appears alone on stage at the Paris Opera House, narrating her life's history as a dancer in what will be the final performance of her career.

Type: Theater
Title of Event: Anonymous Ensemble’s “Liebe Love Amour!”
Location: CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: $23 General Public; $19 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $6 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The latest interactive work by Anonymous Ensemble, “Liebe Love Amour!” (2012), is a raw, theatricalized "live film" of a search for an understanding of the phenomenon of love, inspired by the iconography of actress and singer Marlene Dietrich and director Erich von Stroheim. The audience's stories become part of the fabric of the piece as they help guide the spontaneous "choose-your-own-adventure" narrative, which is told by performers Jessica Weinstein '02, Eamonn Farrell, and Liz Davito. The New England premiere of “Liebe Love Amour!” features live video processing, lush orchestral music composed by William Antoniou, and film footage from the "Golden Age" of Hollywood that has come into the public domain. An Outside the Box Theater Series event presented by the Theater Department and the Center for the Arts.

"Behind all the frenetic and seemingly spontaneous activity is a very cleverly constructed 'performance script,' with the audience expertly managed to suit the show's needs."
–Circus Sideshow Magazine

Type: Music
Title of Event: The Musical Singularity Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: FREE! Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Wesleyan composers premiere organ works to be played by the Wesleyan University pipe organ's computerized systems. There will also be a performance of a work for all three of the Chapel's organs.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Music & Public Life - “Voices of Afghanistan”
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: $22 General Public; $18 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $6 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan Professor of Music Mark Slobin at 7:15pm.

Vocalist Ustad Farida Mahwash, the only woman to receive the title of "master" in Central or South Asia, is celebrated around the globe for her exquisite approach to poetic “ghazals” (folk songs). Artistic Director and “rubab” (double-chambered lute) virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi creates an acoustically rich crossroads for “sawol-jawab” (an interplay of questions and answers), exploring traditional and contemporary Afghan melodies on the inaugural tour of “Voices of Afghanistan,” which includes the musicians of The Sakhi Ensemble: Zmarai Aref on Afghan tabla, Khalil Ragheb on harmonium, Abbos Kosimov on “doyra” (frame drum), and Pervez Sakhi on “tula” (flute). A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts. This event is the start of “Music & Public Life”, a year-long campus and community-wide exploration.

"The ensemble's music, alive with cyclic tabla rhythms and spiraling rubab phrases, somehow echoed the sounds and intensity of the times."
--The New York Times

Ongoing Exhibitions at Wesleyan

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Performance Now”
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, September 7 through Sunday, December 9, 2012; Closed November 21 through November 26, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5pm-7pm; Gallery Talk at 5:30pm by Guest Curator RoseLee Goldberg.

In her groundbreaking book “Performance Art: From Futurism To The Present” (1979 and 2011), art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg shows that performance is central to the history of 20th century art and that it is a driving force in shaping contemporary art today. In 2005, she launched Performa 05, the first biennial of visual art performance, and predicted that performance would become "the medium of the 21st century." Indeed, its time has come. “Performance Now” is an exhibition that will debut at Wesleyan, and show how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last ten years from around the globe. Segments of the exhibition featuring video, film and photography, by artists including Marina Abramovi?, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons, will be showcased in Zilkha Gallery. The exhibition also extends to a film series, selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson '05.

“Performance Now” is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. “Performance Now” is a traveling exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and Performa, New York. The curator for the exhibition is RoseLee Goldberg, Artistic Director and founder of Performa. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI's Access Fund.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Through Children’s Eyes: Hiroshima”
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery
Dates: Wednesday, October 3 through Friday, December 7, 2012; Closed Saturday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 16, and Saturday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, Noon-4pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description:

Opening and Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Noon; a luncheon buffet will be served.

In 1947, the children of All Soul's Church in Washington, D.C. sent school supplies to children in Hiroshima, Japan as a gesture of compassion and friendship. The children of Honkawa Elementary School sent back pictures they had drawn with the art supplies to their friends at All Soul's Church as an expression of thanks for the gift. The pictures are bright and cheerful scenes of their everyday lives. They betray none of the post-World War II hardships the Japanese children were enduring, and are a testament to the power of cross-cultural exchange and goodwill.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Andrew Raftery: Open House”
Location: Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, September 14 through Sunday, December 9, 2012; Closed Friday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 16, and Monday, November 19 through Monday, November 26, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Talk by artist Andrew Raftery: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 5pm in the CFA Hall; reception to follow in Davison Art Center.

With swelling lines and precise flecks, Andrew Raftery uses the age-old technique of copper-plate engraving to create thoroughly contemporary scenes. In his series of five prints, “Open House,” the artist depicts a range of couples and families viewing a house for sale. These prints are striking for both the exacting process through which they were created--it took Mr. Raftery over six years to conceptualize and complete the series--and their subject matter, which avoids the dramatic in favor of a detailed interpretation of everyday life. The exhibition includes architectural models, figure models, and over fifty working drawings. The result is an exquisitely detailed commentary on contemporary definitions of home, family, and interpersonal relations.

The exhibition and accompanying catalog were organized by the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, and funded in part by the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Endowment Fund and the Walter Cerf Exhibitions Endowment. Support for this exhibition at Wesleyan comes from the Lemberg Fund.

About the Center for the Arts

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts is an eleven-building complex on the Wesleyan campus that houses the departments of art and art history, dance, film studies, music, and theater. Opened in 1973, the CFA serves as a cultural center for the region, the state and New England. The Center includes the 400-seat Theater, the 260-seat Hall, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), the 414-seat Crowell Concert Hall and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

The Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its many generous funders and collaborators, including the Center for Creative Research, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as media sponsors the Hartford and New Haven Advocates, WESU 88.1FM, and WNPR.

For more information about Center for the Arts performances and events, please call (860) 685-3355, or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

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