Performing Arts Series

The 10th 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.

Above: performance artist, comedian, and writer Kristina Wong performs her work “Kristina Wong for Public Office” on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 7pm in a live broadcast from the artist’s home in Los Angeles. Image by Larry Sandez.

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Upcoming Events

Kristina Wong: “Sweatshop Overlord”
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:00pm

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Comedian and writer Kristina Wong details her trajectory from out-of-work performance artist to “Sweatshop Overlord” in this new, free show, followed by a moderated conversation with the artist.
Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge: A Conversation about History and Process with Elevator Repair Service
Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:00pm

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Actors Greig Sargeant and Ben Williams and director and Elevator Repair Service founder John Collins will discuss the development and process of creating their new theater work in progress “Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge.”
Feminist Rage and Healing: Movement Workshop with Ananya Chatterjea
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 8:00pm

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In this movement workshop, Ananya Chatterjea, Artistic Director of the contemporary Indian dance company Ananya Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, will explore some of the emotional range of recent times.
A Conversation with Artist in Residence Miranda Haymon
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 8:00pm

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Writer, director, and curator Miranda Haymon ’16 will discuss their artistic process, forging a theater career, and their radio play version of Pedro Pietri's "The Masses are Asses" (1974), which will be aired on WESU Middletown 88.1FM this spring.
A Body in Fukushima: Film and Performance
Friday, May 28, 2021 at 8:30pm
Outdoors on the Wesleyan University campus

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Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Residence in Dance, debuts a newly updated, 75 minute rendering of A Body in Fukushima, edited over the course of 2020 during her virtual creative residency at Wesleyan, and featuring hundreds of photographs taken by John E. Andrus Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Studies, Science in Society, and Environmental Studies William Johnston.