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Submit to Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place

From Ali Jamali ’17:

Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place is a site-specific auditory performance piece that is conceived and created for the Wesleyan campus through collaboration between students and Professor Marcela Oteíza. Wes Out-Loud invites you to experience Wesleyan as a scenographic space by inserting new narratives into everyday sites.

Through the juxtaposition of place and stories, we hope to bring forward the richness and diversity of the students of our campus, to promote inclusiveness, and to give space to voices that are usually not heard.

This production is an invitation to re-think and re-engage with our campus: considering the institution and its physical context; location and architecture; its history; institutional and individual narratives; and how they affect our daily lives and our social interactions.

We will be creating a journey through specific places of our campus, into which we will intervene new narratives (students stories). Through which, we will be able to bring to light the richness of the students of this campus and, thereby, promote inclusiveness and provide space to voices that are not usually heard.

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 14th at 11:59 PM

More info on the project and how to apply after the jump!

Eiko Otake: “A Body in Places”

eiko otake observatoryFrom the CFA:

Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project “A Body in Places,” commissioned in honor of the Van Vleck Observatory’s 100th-anniversary celebration. In this dance of solitude and fragility, Eiko will explore the characteristics of each specific place and exchange an intimate gaze with each viewer. Audience members are welcome to stay and speak with the artist.


  • Friday, November 6 at 6:30pm
  • Friday, November 6 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, November 7 at 4:00pm
  • Saturday, November 7 at 6:30pm

Place: Van Vleck Observatory
CFA link

Eiko Otake—“A Body in Places”

eiko otakeFrom the CFA:

Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places.

Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: Russell Library (123 Broad Street)
Cost: FREE! General admission; first-come, first-served.

Rage and Resistance 101

Cherkira Lashley ’15 writes in:

RAGE and RESISTANCE 101 is a spoken word, music and dance performance that engages with ruminations on rage and resistance as a way to process the recent events in Baltimore, Ferguson, Chicago, New York, and more.

This event will feature: Circles & Ciphers, Cherkira Lashley, Markeisha Hill, Naomi Oyakhilome, Ismael Coleman, Monica Sun, David Stouck, Jillian Roberts, Sara Feldman

Date: Thursday, May 7th – tonight!
Time: 8:00pm
Place: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies

Audition for Sonnets for an Old Century

An invitation from Josh Davidoff ’18:

Could you tell your life story in the space of a moment; the length of a sonnet? Come try out for Sonnets for an Old Century by Jose Rivera, a beautiful play that we are adapting to take place in and around Westco, as well as including original student material. By staging this play in the context of a dorm, we hope to call attention to the college dormitory as a place of danger and isolation as well as comfort and exploration.
No prep necessary–we will give you a sonnet to read. Wednesday and Thursday the 28th/29th from 4:30-7pm in the Westco Cafe. Contact mfriedlich[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or jedavidoff[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more info.

Dates and times:
Wednesday, January 28th (today!), 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Thursday, January 29th (tomorrow!!), 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Place: WestCo Café

Bodysuit-clad Person Serenades Passerby Outside Usdan

This afternoon, someone in a nude-colored bodysuit and red onesies (?) was outside Usdan with a portable boombox playing a list of 80s music. Said person had slow movements, occasionally spun around in circles, and was maybe taking selfies with their camera. I originally suspected that this performance was for Faye Driscoll’s performance theory/research class Thank You for Coming (there’s a showing tonight at 8 pm in Schoenberg), but apparently it’s not. Clearly I read too much into the course description, part of which is: “How do we perceive ourselves as participants in the co-creation of our reality, and through performance can we collectively, in some small way, create a new vision of society?” 

Performance Now Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

Wesleyan, as usual, has decided to subvert the existing field of creative work by recognizing performance “art” as an acceptable medium. As if. Alex Hunt ’13 brings you all the gory details:

Performance Now (Friday, September 7 – Sunday, December 9, 2012) will debut at Wesleyan and will show how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last ten years from around the globe. Segments of the exhibition feature video and photography, by artists including Marina Abramovi?, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons, as well as a film series, selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson ’05.

Performance Now is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.

What: Performance Now opening reception (free food!) & gallery talk by RoseLee Goldberg!
When: Tuesday, September 11, 5-7pm; gallery talk at 5:30pm
Where: Wherever art is made (in this case, the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery)

Dancer As Insurgent: Vogue and Its Implications for Radical Social Change

Benjamin Hunter Hart ’11 invites you to view performances of his senior thesis:

  • Title: Dancer As Insurgent: Vogue and Its Implications for Radical Social Change
  • Description: This short, one-person performance piece combines movement and spoken word to examine vogue–a form of Black and Latina queer street dance–as a radical tradition, one which does not require any explanation from the academy, and which has the ability to transform disempowerment into the tools of social reinvention.
  • Date: April 8th and 9th
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Place: The ’92 Theater
  • Tickets are free at the box office on the day of the performance.
  • Sponsored by Second Stage and the African-American Studies Program.