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Somi

Somi in the Studio, Brooklyn, New York

From our friends in the CFA:

Superb jazz chanteuse Somi blends modern jazz, African music, and the singer-songwriter tradition, combining the musical and cultural worlds that resonate with her as an African and American woman. An Illinois-born resident of Harlem, she is the daughter of immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda. Highly regarded as both a scholar and artist, Somi is a TED Senior Fellow and the founder of New Africa Live, a nonprofit that champions African artists.

Date: Friday, October 13
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18 (reserved seating)

Beyond The Vagina Monologues: A Student Forum Showcase

Check out a cool event from Meg de Recat ’17:

Looking to take a break and get ~inspired~ before finals? Come to Beyond The Vagina Monologues, a showcase of original creative works written by the students who were in a forum on storytelling, performance art, and gender rights activism this semester.

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Admissions are free, but donations will be accepted for NARAL Pro-Choice CT, an awesome reproductive rights organization that is based in Hartford.
FORUM MEMBERS: Alex Rothenberg, Anna Strzempko, Ginger Hollander, Ike Fuchs, Lily Homer, Madeline Jones, Maxine Go, Michaela Olson, Natalie Bina, Taryn Johnson ~Some background about the showcase~
This fall, Meg de Recat ’17 and Jessica Perelman ’17 led a student forum, “Beyond The Vagina Monologues,” about topics pertaining to gender, sexuality, and race in the context of theater and performance art. This forum was an attempt to create a space to build upon the critiques and questions raised by the Wesleyan community regarding The Vagina Monologues. The show, which has been performed for over ten years at Wesleyan, is usually passed down from the directors to cast members. We hoped to challenge the institutionalization of this practice by creating a forum, which served to facilitate critical dialogues centered on the themes in the show, instead of automatically continuing this tradition.*

The conversations among the forum members have informed the collection of stories, poems, and artwork that will be presented in this “coffee-house” showcase. These student works relate to aspects of identity, relationships, intimacy, and the current political climate.** We hope that this showcase will foster new conversations and create a welcoming environment for people to connect, share, and enjoy some beautiful stories and art!

*If anyone is interested in directing The Vagina Monologues next semester, please contact Meg and Jessica for more information (mderecate[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, jperelman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu). Unless someone decides to undertake this project, there is no guarantee that the show will be performed this year.

** Some works include stories related to sexual assault and trauma. Please be mindful of your own self-care when choosing whether or not to attend.

Date: Thursday December 8th, 2016
Time: 8-9:30pm (the runtime of the showcase is about 1 hour)
Place: The Bayit

 

Prefrosh Open House: A Day of Student Protest

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If you are a current student and were around campus at all yesterday, you likely saw hundreds of posters in Exley, a performance installation outside of North College, and/or the interruption of campus tours.

The multitude of actions occurring yesterday came in concert with October Open House, a yearly event put together by the Office of Admission. Yesterday’s open house (and the next one on November 11th) comes prior to Wesleyan’s November 15th deadline for Early Decision I, and is intended to give prospective students a more in-depth view of Wesleyan life than the normal Admissions programming.

A number of students have been organizing in response to conversations that happened at last week’s WhoRunsWes town hall, where more than 200 students reached a consensus to push for the removal of Antonio Farias and Michael Roth from their positions at the University. The intent of these actions was to highlight administrative failures, disrupt the Wesleyan brand, and make visible the pain students have experienced due to the institution’s shortcomings.

Read past the jump for more on what transpired, images and a video from today’s actions.

Audition for Directing 1!

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Nola Werlinich ’17 writes in:

Directing I is a studio course offered by the theater department for students interested in investigating the role and work of a director. For this class to be successful, we need student actors to work with us! Anyone–theater major or not–who’s interested in exploring two to three person scenes with a student-director can audition, and if you get in, you will receive a half credit for your work. You will need to be free on Mondays from 1:20pm-4:10pm.

We will be working with texts from classical and contemporary playwrights including but not limited to: Paula Vogel, Tennessee Williams, Quiara Hudes, and Arthur Miller.

If you are interested in auditioning, come by the Theater Studio (TST 001) between 6:30-9:30pm on Monday, September, 12. Be prepared with a 1-2 minute memorized monologue, and an explanation of why you chose it. Also, we encourage all people of all identities to audition!

Have questions? Feel free to contact Russell Goldman ’17 (our TA) at rgoldman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

For more info, check out the class on Wesmaps.

Date: Tomorrow, Monday, September 12th
Time:
6:30-9:30PM
Place:
Theater Studios (TST 001)
Link to the Facebook event here.

 

Kota Yamazai/Fluid hug-hug: “OQ”

kota yamazaki fluid hug-hug cfaFrom the CFA and the College of East Asian Studies:

Dancer/choreographer Kota Yamazaki founded Fluid hug-hug when he moved to New York in 2002. At Wesleyan, his “stellar cast” (The New York Times) will perform the New England premiere of “OQ” (2015), a stunning work inspired by renga, a collaboratively-written form of linked poetry, and named after the phonetic sound for the Japanese word “palace.” Five performers search for ways to communicate with one another playfully and freely on a mirage-like stage set, created by the architect collective SO-IL.

Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: CFA Theater
Cost: $25 general public; $23 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students, $6 Wesleyan students

More info here.

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!

Living the Dream Making it as a Performer Overseas: An Interactive Talk by Clara McBride

Elijah Jimenez ’18 writes in:

After working as a theatre performer and director in Europe for 17 years, Clara McBride is back in Canada, her native land, ready to help young performers interested in trying their chances abroad. This interactive talk will focus on the challenges of integrating the arts scene in Europe, and on using performance to shine through any challenge.

Date: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Place: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages & Literatures building (300 High Street)

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
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

KPOP Info Meeting

From Min Suh ’15:

Attention kpop and/or dance lovers:

Do you watch SNSD, Big Bang or Wonder Girls videos in your free time?

Does the idea of performing in Crowell Hall seem appealing to you? Or are you simply looking for another opportunity to flaunt all the cool dance moves you got?

If so, come to our informational meeting on Sunday! We will be rehearsing throughout the semester, prepping for our big show Mabuhay (Asian-Asian American Culture Show) during WesFest.

This is open to anyone on campus, no prior dance experience necessary.

We are going to move, so come in comfy clothing!

Date: Today, February 1
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: Nics Lounge

Recital: Jason Brogan—The View from Nowhere

From CFA Staffer Andrew Chatfield:

This concert by graduate music student Jason Brogan links together thought, noise, and improvisation in an attempt to investigate the self as being just a process: a “no one” that could be constructed or manipulated. Through the defamiliarization of neurobiological, psychological, and artistic-performative parameters (as “opera”) via amplification and digital processing, and the objectification of this experience via live documentation and recording/playback on tape, subjectivity is disassociated from selfhood and reconsidered as experimental music.

Date: Tuesday, November 18th
Time: 9:00pm
Place: World Music Hall (CFA)