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Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University
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Middletown, CT 06459-0442
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Type: Music
Title of Event: The New Transnationalisms of Music Symposium
Location: The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, March 1, 2013 from 9am to 5pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mpl

Description:

Beverly Diamond (St. John's Memorial University, Newfoundland), Anne Rasmussen (The College of William & Mary), Aram Sinnreich ‘94 (Rutgers University), Marc Perlman ’94 Ph.D. (Brown University), and Joshua Tucker (Brown University) will engage with Wesleyan faculty and ethnomusicology graduate students on the ways that today's international systems, circuits, and grassroots activists are changing music globally. This symposium is part of "Music & Public Life", a year-long campus and community-wide exploration, celebrating and studying the sounds, words, and spirit of music at the local, national, and transnational levels through concerts, workshops, gatherings, and courses, all designed to cross disciplines.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital - Jordan Lewis
Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

A senior music recital—“Electronic Works”—by Jordan Lewis.

Type: Theater
Title of Event: “The Kindness of Strangers”
Location: Patricelli '92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: FREE! (Tickets required; call the box office.)
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior thesis production by Emily Hunt '13, “The Kindness of Strangers” is a solo performance exploring the psychological journey of an actress struggling to find herself in the infamous character of Blanche Dubois (“A Streetcar Named Desire”). Konstantin Stanislavski's and Bertolt Brecht's philosophies and methodologies of theater, in particular, will be closely examined in relation to cognitive dissonance--how does one rationalize acting as a different person, a universal form of deception in the normal world, as "moral" on the stage? These performances are in partial fulfillment of Ms. Hunt's Honors Thesis in Theater.

Type: Theater
Title of Event: Puppetsweat Theater - “Tragical Mirth: A History of the Atlantic Ocean”
Location: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Puppetsweat Theater and its co-founder, Theater Department Artist in Residence Leslie Weinberg, present “Tragical Mirth,” a kaleidoscopic examination of humanity’s mis/use of the ever-changing ocean and its resources. The folktale “The Fisherman and His Wife” is employed as a point of departure. The performance is an interactive work in progress, intended to elicit feedback and comments from the audience. With both lyricism and anarchic humor, science and satire, the work begins to explore natural and human systems that are increasingly coming in conflict in the 21st century. All who are interested in this exhaustive subject are invited to participate in the development of this new work. Parental guidance is advised due to puppet nudity, puppet violence, and some adult language.

Commissioned by the Creative Campus Initiative of the Center for the Arts with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital: Mark Bennett & Andrew Pfeiffer
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 3pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“Branching Out: In Search of a Sound”—by Mark Bennett & Andrew Pfeiffer.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Connecticut College Faculty Reed Trio - “Americans & Paris”
Location: The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 3pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The Connecticut College Faculty Reed Trio, featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Libby Van Cleve on oboe, Thomas Labadorf on clarinet, and Rebecca Noreen on bassoon, perform a recital featuring pieces by 20th-century French composers such as Darius Milhaud and Joseph Canteloube, and American music, including the new work “Lines of Desire” by Connecticut composer Jack Vees.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital - Ashlin Aronin & Jason Jia
Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“L'Orgue: A Dialogue with the French Modernists”—by Ashlin Aronin & Jason Jia.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: 14th annual DanceMasters Weekend Master Classes
Location: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 11am to 4:30pm
Fee: $19 per Master Class, $17 per Master Class for four or more Master Classes, $13 for Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dancemasters

Description:

The 14th annual DanceMasters Weekend is one of the most anticipated dance events in the Northeast, an opportunity like no other for a two-day dance immersion, combining inspiring performances by premier companies with master classes by expert instructors. Thirteen Master Classes provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques.

On Saturday, March 9, Master Classes will be taught by Karole Armitage (Armitage Gone! Dance), Donald Borror (Ballet Hispanico), Camille A. Brown (Camille A. Brown & Dancers), Ronald K. Brown (Evidence Dance Company), Carolyn Kirsch (Never Stop Moving: A Fosse-Style Jazz Workshop for Older Dancers), KT Nelson (ODC/Dance), and Dianne Walker (Tap).

And on Sunday, March 10, Master Classes will be taught by Brandon "Peace" Albright (Hip Hop), Brian Brooks (Brian Brooks Moving Company), Christal Brown (Urban Bush Women), Dana Moore (Jazz), Troy Powell (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and Kate Skarpetowska (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company).

Type: Dancer
Title of Event: 14th annual DanceMasters Weekend Showcase Performance
Location: CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: $28 general public; $23 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $8 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dancemasters

Description:

The DanceMasters Showcase Performance will feature dancers and choreography from three outstanding companies, ranging from modern dance to ballet and Latin:

Known as the "punk ballerina," celebrated director and choreographer Karole Armitage founded the New York-based company Armitage Gone! Dance in 2004. Her interests over the past four decades have been wide-ranging, from the ballet and modern dance of George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham to work as a choreographer for Cirque du Soleil, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, as well as on Broadway. This is the first Connecticut appearance by Armitage Gone! Dance.

"[Karole Armitage] is always pushing the limits of possibility, spectacularly deconstructing the body with a diabolic flair. Dance that explodes in every sense, dazzles the eye and remains vividly imprinted in your memory."
Le Nouvel Observateur (Paris)

Under the artistic leadership of Eduardo Vilaro since 2009, Manhattan's Ballet Hispanico reflects, explores, and expands the essence of the diaspora of Latino cultures. In addition to the refreshingly contemporary choreography of Mr. Vilaro, the company's innovative repertory over the past 43 years has included commissioned works by Talley Beatty, Ronald K. Brown, and Susan Marshall.

"Ballet Hispanico's dancers deftly integrate hip-shakes, undulating torsos and the whip-crack releases of social dance, mixing them with ballet arabesques, and with floor work and expressionist gestures from modern dance."
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way, ODC/Dance (originally the Oberlin Dance Collective) relocated from Ohio to San Francisco in 1976. The company is known for their exuberance and fearlessness, as well as their narrative content in avant-garde dance. Numerous groundbreaking works have included collaborations with Rinde Eckert, Bill Irwin, Robin Williams, and Eleanor Coppola.

"[ODC/Dance has] such clarity of vision and delicate, quiet choreography, the dancers were no longer dancing, but flying."
San Francisco Examiner

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: Opening Reception for Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition
Location: South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

This event is sponsored by the Middletown Board of Education, Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council and Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts.

Type: Visual Art
Title of Event: Senior Thesis Exhibition Reception: Week One
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 4pm to 6pm
Fee: $10 general public; $8 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $4 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

View the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History. On view this week (Tuesday, March 26 through Sunday, March 31, 2013): Allison Kalt, Ally Bernstein, Tiffany Gerdes, Zoe Mueller, Ilyana Schwartz, and Anna Shimshak.

Type: Theater
Title of Event: “Fire and Bone”
Location: 329 Mount Vernon Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7pm and 9pm
Fee: FREE! (Tickets required; call the box office.)
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

This senior thesis production by Lily Haje '13 is an immersive theater experience. “Fire and Bone” allows the audience to explore the physical and mental space of a halfway house for religious martyrs as they interact, reflect, and await judgment. These performances are in partial fulfillment of Ms. Haje's Honors Thesis in Theater.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital: Tobias Butler
Location: 200 Church Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 8pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital by Tobias Butler.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital: Alex Lough
Location: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“Reshaping Traditions”—by Alex Lough.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: “Threshold Sites: The Ultimate Meal”
Location: Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: $5
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Stanton presents the “Threshold Sites: The Ultimate Meal” project, a moving exploration of the relationships between body/self, home/community, and environment/ecosystem through the lens of food, which represents a collaboration between disciplines, generations and communities. Featuring Wesleyan faculty, alumni, and artists from Connecticut and New York, this piece will feature live music and lively dancing, in addition to a communal feast to be shared with the audience. The project began in 2009 as a Creative Campus/Feet to the Fire commission, and will also be presented at Billings Forge in Hartford on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8pm.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital: Zachary Sulsky
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“Words & Music: The Songs of Cole Porter & Zack Sulsky”—by Zachary Sulsky.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital: Robert Burvant
Location: World Music Hall
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 9pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“The Melting Pot: A Practice in Variation”—by Robert Burvant.

Ongoing Exhibitions at Wesleyan

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: Lucy+Jorge Orta—“Food-Water-Life”
Location: Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, January 25 through Sunday, March 3, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5pm
Free: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

The work of Lucy+Jorge Orta explores the major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change, and exchange among peoples. At the same time, this work embodies the philosophy that steers their pioneering art practice, “the ethics of aesthetics.” As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Ortas’ works are, in a sense, reflections of their own function--beguiling assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that actually purify water, and elements that they created for their 2007 expedition to Antarctica and that are part of an effort to amend Article XIII of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The works in the “Food-Water-Life” exhibition are metaphors-in-action, constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic. It is in their ability to actually function, albeit awkwardly and haltingly, that these objects gain power as works of art created to move us to awareness and action. Lucy+Jorge Orta: “Food-Water-Life” is curated by guest curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared, and is co-sponsored by the College of the Environment with additional support from the Department of Art and Art History.

"Parallel and feeding into their studio practice of sculpture and painting, [Lucy+Jorge Orta] stage ephemeral interventions, performances, [and] workshops, which explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world."
–Sublime Magazine (London)

Type: Video Installation
Title of Event: “Remodeling Zilkha” (2012) by Janne Höltermann
Location: North Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, January 25 through Sunday, March 3, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

“Remodeling Zilkha” (2012) is a site-specific, two-channel video installation (8:16 min.) by Janne Höltermann, the Luther Gregg Sullivan Visiting Artist in Wesleyan's Art and Art History Department, that shows the filmed gallery space within the same gallery space. The two videos of the installation extend, compress and mirror the room using the inherent architectural characteristics of the gallery (repetition, segmenting, mirroring) to reconfigure space.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Traces of Life: Seen Through Korean Eyes, 1945-1992”
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Wednesday, February 6 through Sunday, May 26, 2013; Closed March 9 through March 27, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description:

“Traces of Life: Seen Through Korean Eyes, 1945-1992” captures the details of Korean people's everyday lives between 1945 and 1992. The exhibition features 27 photographs taken by the first generation of Korean realists, thirteen pioneers whose works evoke nostalgia for a nation in a radical transition from its past. Curator Chang Jae Lee describes the exhibition as a counterpoint to the turbulent history of this period in Korea, featuring "exuberant visual diversity" and "anthropologically important aspects of the nearly forgotten past." Touching and expressive, the photographs show how people used their traditions and humanity to face a new world of independence, industrialization, development and complex political shifts. The exhibition offers a moving visual experience through which to understand and appreciate Korean history, culture, and the arts. The debut of this exhibition at The Korea Society in New York in September 2012 was the first time these black-and-white photographs had been exhibited in the United States. This exhibition is presented by The Korea Society and independent curator Chang Jae Lee with generous loans from the Dong Gang Museum of Photography in Korea and the estates of Kim Kichan and Lee Hyungrok.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “(Re)viewing Bodies: Selected American Photographs”
Location: Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, February 8 through Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Since the invention of photography, viewers have responded with immediacy to photographs of people. Roland Barthes wrote about the indexical nature of the photograph--the fact that "that has been," the evidence that a certain person once stood in front of the camera. “(Re)viewing Bodies: Selected American Photographs” examines the ways in which 20th-century American photographers have represented the body, whether as subject or compositional element. Topics include the abstracted or fragmented body, the body and labor, the body and performance, the body in social situations, and the body in pain. The exhibition includes works by Diane Arbus, Larry Burrows, Harry Callahan, Judy Dater, Gordon Parks, and Jerry Uelsmann. Organized by Wesleyan University students in the Museum Studies seminar, the show includes more than fifty American photographs from the Davison Art Center collection.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm; Gallery Talk by student curators at 5:30pm

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.

Box Office Phone:   (860) 685-3355                                       Address:             Wesleyan University

Box Office Fax:       (860) 685-3935                                                                  45 Wyllys Ave.

E-mail:                     boxoffice@wesleyan.edu                                                   Middletown, CT 06459-0001

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