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SEE THE WORLD IN THE HEART OF CONNECTICUT!
WESLEYAN’S CFA SPRINGS FORWARD WITH ADDITIONS TO ITS 04—05
January 5, 2005, Middletown CT – Wesleyan University’s
Center for the Arts (CFA), under the direction of Pamela Tatge,
announced today the addition of several exhibitions, performances
and special events to a spring season already bursting at the
seams. In addition, the CFA has a new web design, making the
weekly schedule of events more accessible, at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Tatge commented, “Spring is always an exciting season
for us, featuring the much-anticipated DanceMasters Weekend
and celebrating the artistic achievements of Wesleyan’s
senior and graduate students. I am pleased that this year we
can offer numerous free events, including many family-friendly
The CFA has become a leading presenter of dance performances
and workshops through its innovative Breaking Ground
Dance Series and DanceMasters Weekend
(March 5 & 6), a festival of classes and a showcase by top
dancers and choreographers. Breaking Ground continues with Seasons
of Migration, (April 15 & 16), classical dance
and music from Cambodia featuring 35 dancers and musicians.
This year, the DanceMasters showcase performance will include
work by The Parsons Dance Company and the Limón
Dance Company as well as the Pascal Rioult
Dance Theatre. Registration for DanceMasters Weekend
masterclasses by top dancers and choreographers begins on Wednesday,
January 26, classes are only $17 each for the general public.
To receive a DanceMasters Weekend brochure with more information
about the companies and special events, call the University
Box Office at 860-685-3355.
In addition to the Outside the Box Theater Series
events Reno: Rebel Without a Pause (January
28) and Foreign AIDS (February 4), visitors
can see Out of my Head: Performing Minds (April
22), a comedic revue by four Wesleyan graduates including Katie
Buck ('99), Adam Koppel ('02), Catie Lazarus ('98), and Wendy
Spero ('99), whose one-woman show Who's Your Daddy played on
NPR and at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater last fall and
was excerpted in The New York Times. Professor of Theater Ron
Jenkins directs Caliban Remembers: A Balinese "Tempest"
(February 25 & 26), featuring Balinese shadow puppets and
guest artists I Nyoman Catra, Desak Mapa Suarti Laksmi, Nyoman
Saptanyana and Candrawati Saptanyana.
The Crowell Concert Series culminates its
30th anniversary season with performances by two world-class
musicians in the intimate Crowell Concert Hall. Bluesman
Otis Taylor (February 25)—an accomplished singer
as well as guitar, banjo and harmonica player—shares blues
folklore and songs from his CDs Truth is Not Fiction and White
African. Peter Serkin (April 29), the famed
pianist known for his ability to breathe life and character
into works spanning four centuries, performs works by Bull,
Dowland, Byrd, Takemitsu, Messiaen and Bach.
Additions to this spring’s music performance include
two special events–Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng and Band
(January 29), and Yosuke Yamashita’s New York
Trio (February 26), as well as legendary avant-garde
jazz trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon and
MacArthur “genius” Fellowship recipient Ran
Blake (February 12).
The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery kicks off
the spring season schedule with Sol LeWitt and Alvin
Lucier: A Collaboration, on view from Saturday, January
22 through Sunday, February 27, 2005. World-renowned originator
of conceptual art LeWitt presents a large-scale sculpture that
extends the length of Zilkha’s Main Gallery. Lucier, longtime
Wesleyan Professor of Music and a pioneering force behind the
development and practice of experimental music, composes a new
installation exploring the sound of an empty gallery at six
points along LeWitt’s wall. The collaboration will be
complemented by an additional Lucier exhibition, Empty
Vessels, in Zilkha’s North Gallery, as well as
a music colloquium (February 2) and a performance of Lucier’s
influential work I am sitting in a room (February
5). All events are free and open to the public, reservations
for I am sitting in a room may be made by calling the University
Box Office on the day of the performance.
The Green Street Arts Center—a collaborative
project of Wesleyan University, the North End Action Team (NEAT)
and the City of Middletown—officially opened the doors
to its new center at 51 Green Street on January 5 and will continue
to offer classes for adults and children as well as its popular
The CFA continues its free World Arts Family Series in February
with Moving to the Beat: Rhythms and Dance of West Africa
(February 5), Red Rooster: Welcoming the Lunar New Year
(Feb 20) and The Annual Carnival Children’s Concert
The Center for the Arts (www.wesleyan.edu/CFA) is an 11-building
complex on the Wesleyan campus that houses the departments of
art and art history, music, theater and dance. It serves as
a cultural center for the region, the state and New England.
The CFA includes the 400-seat Theater, the 260-seat Cinema,
the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), the
414-seat Crowell Concert Hall and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha
Ticket prices for CFA events vary, many events are free. The
CFA box office is located on the first floor of the Davenport
Campus Center (222 Church Street, Middletown). For more information
about the 2005 Spring Season, call (860) 685-3355, or visit
our web site at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Box Office Phone: (860) 685-3355
Box Office Fax: (860) 685-3935
Address: Wesleyan University Box Office, 222
Church Street, Middletown, CT 06459-0001
*Performers and schedule are subject to change.