An American brass quintet, ballet, African
rhythms and Bulgarian bebop are all in the mix for the upcoming year at
During the Center for the Arts season announcement on May 4, CFA Director
Pamela Tatge introduced the 2005-06 season events.
The season opens with Middletown Dances! on September 10. In Collaboration
with the City of Middletown and community groups, the CFA is planning a
citywide dance festival. The event will culminate in a community dance on
Wesleyan’s Andrus Field, with performances and workshops along Main Street.
“We want to take over College through Green Street,” says Tatge. “We want to
have an explosion of dance here in Middletown.”
The Crowell Concert Series will offer seven performances next year, bringing
a wide array of world-class musicians to the intimate setting of Crowell
Concert Hall. On the list is FleytMuzik by the Klezmer Band, the American
Brass Quintet, Bulgarian Bebop, Lionheart, Ernest Dawkins and the New
Horizons Ensemble, SFSound and violinist Midori.
“The audience is going to love the a capella of Lionheart and the bebop with
Bulgan influence,” Tatge says. “Once you enter into that type of music, you
don’t want it to stop.”
The Breaking Ground Dance Series will include performances by David Dorfman
Dance; Electric Haiku: Calm as Custard; DanceMasters Weekend and the world
premiere by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Choreographer Liz Lerman, who
will join Wesleyan’s faculty next year as a visiting dance instructor, is a
2002 MacArthur Fellow and founded the company in 1976.
Through explosive dancing, personal stories, humor and a company of
performers whose ages span six decades, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange stretches
the expressive range of contemporary dance. She will participate in
Middletown Dances! and premiere Ferocious Beauty: Genome at the Center for
the Arts as the culmination of a year-long, interdisciplinary residency at
Other activities will include workshops at the Green Street Arts Center and
teaching week-long intensive programs, such as the Summer Dance Institute
“The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange is really the anchor of our program for next
year,” Tatge says.
The Outside the Box Theater Series kicks off with The Neo-Futurists: Too
Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Other theatre performances and
discussions will be announced later in the year.
Additional events of note include The Disasters of War: From Goya to Golub
in the Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, the Navaratri Festival, Celebrating Don
Quixote, Eiko & Koma: Cambodian Stories and the Green Street Arts Festival.
During CFA Days on June 28 through July 26 the Center for the Arts will
feature Selected Songs of Charles Ives; Music, Nature and Silence; Making
Basquiat, Broadway’s Best with Frank Mastrone, Folk Songs of Ireland, India
and America. La Timba Loca, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Wesleyan organist
Ronald Ebrecht and the Jay Hoggard Quintet will be performing on campus,
along with a reading from novelist and non-fiction writer Amy Bloom.
The Wesleyan-sponsored Green Street Arts Center will celebrate its one-year
anniversary in 2006. Ricardo Morris, director of the Green Street Arts
Center, said the center is already planning classes in radio broad casting,
studio recording, videography comic strip arts and tap dance.
For more information on any CFA event call 860-685-3355.
Non-Credit Dance Courses Offered
The Summer Dance Institute 2005 featuring Liz
Lerman Dance Exchange will be offered June 13-17 and June 20-24 at Wesleyan.
Participants can learn the tools and techniques for cutting-edge dance
making, public art building and experience personal growth.
Courses include "Dance is Big: Art-making and Community Building," "Words
and Movement," "Dance Intensive for Senior Adults." Another course, "Dance
Deep: An Intensive for Dancers, Writers, and Theatre Artists," is a
three-credit graduate course offered through Wesleyan's Division of
Participants must be 18 or older and register by June 10. The course is
sponsored by Academic Institutes at Wesleyan.
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