Performing Arts Series

The 9th annual Performing Arts Series at the Center for the Arts features a wide array of world-class musicians, cutting-edge choreography, and groundbreaking theater performances and discussions.

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Upcoming Events

Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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Taylor Mac performs the Connecticut premiere of the highly immersive and outrageously entertaining abridged version of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music highlighting various musical styles and artistic voices.
Netta Yerushalmy: Paramodernities
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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The Connecticut premiere of choreographer Netta Yerushalmy's Paramodernities features a series of four dance-experiments, deconstructing landmark dances by Vaslav Nijinsky, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Alvin Ailey.
Laurie Anderson: The Art of Falling
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson performs the Connecticut premiere of the new work The Art of Falling, which explores the subject through sounds, images, poems, and electronics.
Golden Hornet’s The Sound of Science featuring Jeffrey Zeigler
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:30pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

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Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler performs the Connecticut premiere of The Sound of Science, featuring Pastaza, which reflects on the work of Wesleyan's Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies Barry Chernoff.
New England Dance on Tour
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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Four regional dance artists showcase the diversity and richness of dance in New England, including Wesleyan Dean of the Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Lynn Stanton.
Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Bash
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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The Wesleyan Music Department community celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with an inspired, diverse mix of traditional and experimental tributes.
Tabaimo and Maki Morishita: Fruits borne out of rust
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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The New England premiere of the whimsical, mischievous multimedia work Fruits borne out of rust, conceived and directed by Japanese visual artist Tabaimo in collaboration with choreographer Maki Morishita.