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Odissi Dance and Music of India presents
India: Tradition and Beyond

Odissi dance and music of india flyer

May 22 & 23 at 8 pm
in the newly renovated Recital Hall in the Communications Building

Tickets are $3.00
Doors open at 7:30 pm
$2 parking pass on weekday evenings
C lot is the closest to the Communications Building

see flyer

Bodies and Music in Motion presents BAMM

BAMM Poster

March 14th and 15th at 8 pm
in the Experimental Theater Com 124

Tickets available at the door $3 students/seniors and $5 general admission. Cash and check only.

BAMM is a collection of student work in music and dance developed over two quarters in the academic program Bodies and Music in Motion taught by Rob Esposito and Andrea Gullickson. Remember $2 parking pass on Friday evening at the campus parking booth. C lot is closest to the Communications Building.

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Music, Mind and Motion presents Neuromusica.

Neuromusica

March 7th and 8th at 8 pm
Experimental Theater Com 124

Tickets available at the door $3 student/seniors and $5 general admission
Cash and check only.

Neuromusica is a collection of student work examining consciousness through music and dance developed over the course of two quarters in the academic program Music, Mind and Motion taught by Ratna Roy and Joe Tougas.  Remember $2 parking pass on Friday evening at the campus parking booth. C lot is the closest to the Communications Building.

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Music and Consciousness presents Wilberian Rhapsody

Wilberian Rhapsody Flyer

March 7th at 8 pm
Room 110 in the Communications Building

Admission is free. Doors open at 7:30 pm Remember $2 parking pass on Friday evening at the campus parking booth. C lot is the closest to the Communications Building.

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T.W.I.N.E. presents Command + Z, there is no going back.

Twine Poster

February 14th and 15th, 2014 at 8 pm
Experimental Theater Com 124

(doors open at 7:30)
At the request of the artists late seating will only be allowed during intermission.

T.W.I.N.E. presents Command + Z, there is no going back.  This event is sponsored by the Electronic Media interns in collaboration with the Evergreen Student Media Project.  Admission is free.  Remember to pay $2 for parking at booth upon entering campus on Friday evening. 

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2014 Whipped: Recipes for Love, Sex and Disaster

Mangos with Chili Poster

January 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

(doors open at 7)

This is the first performance in the Experimental Theater since the reopening of the Communications Building. Co-sponsored by Student Activities Groups Feminist in Solidarity Together! (FIST) and The Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) along with the academic program Creating Dangerously: Experiments in Feminist and Diaspora Art. Whipped: Recipes for Love, Sex and Disaster is presented by the performance group Mangos with Chili. For more information about this show go to www.mangoswithchili.com.

Performance begins at 7:30 pm in the Communications Building Experimental Theater. Admission is free. Parking is $2 at parking booth upon entry to the campus.

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2011 The Trojan Women and Lysistrata Dionysia Flyer

June 2-5, 2011

This spring, the Evergreen academic program "Dionysia: Enlivening Greek Theater," has undertaken the monumental task of staging not one, but two classic Greek dramas: Euripides' The Trojan Women and Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

The Trojan Women opens Thursday, June 2nd, at 7:30 pm and Lysistrata Friday, June 3rd, at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, June 4th, and Sunday, June 5th, there will be a double feature of both shows, with Trojan Women at 2:30 and Lysistrata at 7:30. Tickets are $10 for general admission per show and $5 for students, with $15 for general admission and $7 for students for the double feature on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at The Evergreen State College Bookstore, Rainy Day Records, and at www.brownpapertickets.com.

First produced during the Great War between Athens and Sparta in the fifth century BC, Euripides’ tragedy and Aristophanes’ comedy both witness the suffering of the innocent in wartime. In The Trojan Women, based on the myth of the Trojan War, Troy has been conquered by invading Greek forces, its men slain, and its women about to be shipped into slavery. As the plot spins into the inevitable catastrophe, the chilling commentary by Queen Hecuba and the Chorus lends to the brutal power of Euripides’ tragic vision. In Lysistrata, set in the historical conflict that had dismantled the Athenian empire and signaled the end of its experiment in democracy, the women of Athens and Sparta decide to stop their men from fighting. Simultaneously seizing the Acropolis and initiating a sex embargo, Lysistrata and her comrades outflank the men and bring them to the negotiating table. Aristophanes’ compassion for the victims of war is as profound as his ribald ridicule of its combatants.

The Trojan Women is directed by faculty member Rose Jang and features Miller Pyke in the role of Hecuba. Zoe Shields plays the title character in Lysistrata, directed by faculty member Andrew Reece. The program devoted one quarter to the literary study of Greek drama and the next quarter to the performances. Besides acting, students contributed to the productions as stage managers, technical crew, publicity agents, archivists, and in other essential roles. Bruce Haasl designed a magnificent set representing both the Trojan citadel and the Athenian Acropolis. Monique Anderson’s costuming and Matthew Lawrence’s technical direction bring the ancient past vividly to life.

The Trojan Women

Dates

  • Thursday, June 2, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 4, 2:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 5, 2:30 pm

Lysistrata

Dates

  • Friday, June 3, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 4, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 5, 7:30 pm

All Performances in The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission

  • Single Show Gen. Adm. $10; Students $5
  • Double Feature (Sat. & Sun) Gen. Adm. $15; Students $7

Tickets

  • Rainy Day Records
  • Evergreen Bookstore
  • BrownPaperTickets.com
  • Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm
  • Call 867-6833 to place phone orders
  • Parking $2.00

Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651 

Students and Alumni of The Evergreen State College present:
Earth My Body: Invoking the Goddess

Wednesday, June 1st, 7 pm

Evergreen professor, Ratna Roy’s Dance of Consciousness students, along with Orissi dance alumni/grads, will present an evening of dance, music, poetry, film, and theater performances to invoke the feminine spirit on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 pm. The event will take place in the Recital Hall inside the Communications Lab Building at The Evergreen State College.

General admission tickets are $10 and $5 for Students and Seniors on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen Bookstore, online at BrownPaperTickets.com, the Communications Lab Building box office from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

The evening will feature The Dance of Kali of Orissa, India, a classical Orissi dance performed by students of Dance of Consciousness and choreographed by Ratna Roy; The Goddess and Mokshya (Ultimate Liberation), a classical Orissi dance performed by Evergreen alumni/grads in the style of Ratna Roy's guru, Pankaj Charan Das and restaged by Ratna Roy; The Dance of Isis, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut of Egypt, choreographed by Terhas Muruts with input by Ratna Roy; and the Legend of Morgaine of Britain, a musical theater and film production composed and performed by students of Dance of Consciousness. Come experience an inspiring challenge to the parameters of "performance," and a raw and compelling invocation of The Goddess at The Evergreen State College!

  • Earth My Body: Invoking the Goddess
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 7 pm
  • Location: The Evergreen State College Recital Hall
  • Admission: Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors/Students $5
  • Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BrownPaperTickets.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
  • Parking: $2.00
  • More Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

A Modern Adaptation of Euyrydice

Eurydice poster art

Opens Spring Performing Arts' Greek theater Festival
May 5-7, 8 pm
The Evergreen State College, Recital Hall

The first production of the Evergreen Performing and Media Arts’ Greek theater Festival will be Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Evergreen student Miller Pyke. Eurydice is a brilliant new take on the classic Greek love story of Orpheus and will be presented on May 5, 6, and 7 at 8 pm in the college’s Recital Hall. At 7:30 there will be live music by renowned Evergreen band, Camp Wisdom. The production is also presented in affiliation with the student activity group Riot to Follow. Admission is Free.

In the story Orpheus (Scott Anderson) is a great musician and Eurydice (Jenna Vershen) is full of her notions. They are deeply in love but on the day of their wedding something goes terribly wrong. The Lord of the Underworld (Sophomore, Lazlo Steele) takes a personal interest in Eurydice and along the way we meet Eurydice's Father (Chad Law) and three Nasty Stones (Zoe Shields, Baylie Freeman and Sean Neagle).

Productions of The Trojan Women and Lysistrata will be presented on June 2, 3, 4, 5 in repertory in the college's Experimental Theater

Eurydice

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 5, 6, 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm
  • The Evergreen State College Recital Hall
  • Free Admission
  • Parking: $2.00 – Thurs & Fri
  • For directions go to http://www.evergreen.edu/tour

Lulu Washington Dance theater Performs at Evergreen

Lula Dance Theater

The Evergreen State College will present the innovative and provocative Los Angeles based, Lula Washington Dance theater ensemble Thursday, April 7, 8 pm in the college's Experimental Theater.

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 8 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission
General: $20
Faculty/Staff/Seniors: $15
Students: $10

Tickets
Rainy Day Records, Greener Store (bookstore), BrownPaperTickets.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders.

More Information

Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

http://www.lulawashington.org/

About Lula Washington Dance theater

Founded in 1980 in an inner city neighborhood of South Los Angeles, The Lula Washington Dance theater, featured in the film Avatar, has steadfastly focused on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture.

Lula Washington Dance theater repertoire is known for performances of “honesty, integrity, and creativity of unparalleled power” – with Lula Washington as the main choreographer and “voice”. It is also known as the company that served as the real-life inspiration for the Na’vi tribe in James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Avatar” and many of the ensemble members performed as Na’vi natives in the film. When Cameron sent out teams of scouts to the Los Angeles area to search for a dance specialist, “They all came back with one name, and that was mine,” says Ms. Washington. The movie director then invited her for an interview. “He had his own idea about what he was looking for — communal dance that the whole tribe could do,” she says. Her thoughts automatically went to the traditions and rituals found with Australian aborigines and in Africa. “They have a certain way of greeting each other. They have a certain way of hunting. They’re very, very thoughtful of the environment, and they’re very spiritual. That helped to flesh out the kind of movements that I used.”

Since its founding, LWDT has risen to become one of the most admired African-American contemporary dance companies in the West – known for powerful, high-energy dancing, unique choreography, and exceptional educational residencies. The Company is composed of young, athletic dancers, many of whom were groomed in Lula Washington’s inner city dance studio. Her education mission has been to create a school in the inner city where young people can learn the art of dance, launch careers in dance, and where dance is used to motivate, educate, inspire, challenge and enrich the lives of young people so they can become successful, productive and competitive citizens While Lula Washington encourages her dancers to be excellent performers, she also emphasizes the importance of being leaders in their communities.

Just recently returning from a triumphant tour of Russia, the LWDT will prepare for a future tour of China. In addition they have performed at such venues as Lincoln Center Out of Doors; the Joyce theater; the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Jacob’s Pillow; the Ordway Theater in Minneapolis; the Pioneer Center in Reno, Nevada; the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and at theaters in Germany, Spain, Mexico and St. Croix, Virgin Islands. In addition to touring, LWDT dances in scores of schools each year. Lula Washington augments her choreography with dances by master artists Donald McKayle; Katherine Dunham; Donald Byrd (“The Color Purple”); Louis Johnson (“The Wiz”); Christopher Huggins; and local icon, Rudy Perez. The Company also performs works by talented, emerging choreographers such as Tamica Washington-Miller, Associate Director of LWDT.

Supported in part with funds provided by the Western States Federation (WESTAF), the Washington State Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Orissi: Dance of the Cosmos

Orissi Dance of the Cosmos

Friday & Saturday, October 29 & 30, 8 pm
In The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble will be joined by the ground-breaking Urvasi Dance Company and faculty member, Ratna Roy, for an evening of Orissi Dance at The Evergreen State College on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 at 8:00 pm. in the college's Experimental Theater.

Gen. Admission: $10; Faculty/Staff/Seniors/Students: $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Greener Store (bookstore), BrownPaperTickets.com, or the Communications Building Box Office open daily from 12-3 pm
Call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Parking - $2

There will be a limited number of $50 front row seats for the patrons of Evergreen's Orissi Dance program. For these seats, please contact John Robbins at (360) 867-6651.

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan by both dance companies. The theme this year is "Orissi: Dance of the Cosmos." Born in the coastal districts of the state of Orissa, India, Orissi has been described variously as "movement meditation," "music in motion." The waters of the ocean at the Bay of Bengal are reflected in the gentle lyrical swaying of the torso, the breeze through the leaves of the palm trees in the circular movement of the wrist, and the heartbeat of Mother Earth in the pulsating rhythms and footslaps. The evening's performance will open with a spiritual dance to Lord Ganesha. A pallavi or dance of flowering, connecting the dancers with the cosmos, will be presented by faculty member, Jamie Lynn Colley, alumni, senior students, and Urvasi. 13-year old Sarvani Eloheimo, twice recipient of Washington State Arts Commission's Folk Arts Apprentice Award, daughter of faculty member, Marja Eloheimo, will join in both of the dances. The quintessential favorite, "Batu," as a child's dream will be presented with 6 year old Radha Iyer as the child. The last dance for the evening will be one of the Pancha Kanyas, "Mandodari," from Guru Pankaj Charan Das' famous repertoire, opening with Shiva's dance of the cosmos.

Dr. Roy was trained in India in classical Orissi dance, initially in both the women's (mahari) and the men's (gotipua) traditions by Guru Govinda Chandra Pal and subsequently in the classical tradition that evolved from the unique "mahari" tradition, by Padmashri Guru Pankaj Charan Das, the guru of all gurus. She is one of the few remaining dancers who practice the women's dances in classical Orissi style. It has now become her mission to teach and spread this lyrical yet powerful dance style and tradition of her guru. Ratna Roy has received two Fulbrights, an American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Award, the Arts International Award, Fund for Folk Culture Fellowship, and Washington State Arts Commission's (WSAC) Folk Arts Program Master Artist award for two years. In 2008 Ratna received Ethnic Heritage Council's Gordon Ekvall Tracie Memorial Award and The Folk Arts Fellowship from WSAC (a Lifetime Achievement Award) for her work with Orissi dance. She has performed and conducted workshops internationally.

Mediaworks 2009-2010

Media Works Image

June 9, 2010, 7 pm
Communications Building Recital Hall

Student Screening: film video audio animation
documentary experimental autobiographical fantstical

Admission – FREE
Parking - $2

Poster for Ready Camera One

Space 4 Rent and The Laws

June 2, 2010, 7 pm
Communications Building, Recital Hall

Admission – FREE
Parking - $2

Poster for Odissi Ballet

Jhansi Ki Rani The Warrior Queen

An Odissi/Ballet Dance theater Production

June 3, 4, 5, 2010, 8 pm
Communications Building, Experimental Theater

Admission: $5 for students, staff & faculty
$10 Seniors
$15 General
Parking - $2

Purchase tickets at Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com or call (360) 867-6833 for phone orders

The Frog Prince

Poster for The Frog Prince

part of the Sprouts Series:
Book and Lyrics by Stan Gill
Music by Cindy Bright
Additional Music by John Shrank

June 4, 5, 2010, 11 am & 12:30 pm
Outside of the College Recreation Center
at the Evergreen State College

Admission – Free
Parking - $2

Recommeded for children 4+ and the young at heart

In the Shadow of the Glen

Presented by: S.O.S. Performance
February 25, 26, 27 — 7 pm

Student Originated Studies

Experimental Theater
Communications Building

Admission – FREE

A Tomb with a View

February 4, 5, & 6,  7:00 pm
The Evergreen State College - Recital Hall, Communications Building

Admission Free

More Information
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833

Famed Russian Animator Yuri Norstein to Visit Evergreen

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 – 7:30 pm
The Evergreen State College, Communications Building, Recital Hall

Admission

Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors $8; Students $5

Tickets

Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Lab Box Office daily from 12-3 pm
Or, call (360) 867-6833 to order by phone

Parking: $2.00

More Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833

The Evergreen State College and Evergreen Expressions are pleased to announce

An evening of films and conversation with legendary Russian animation master, Yuri Norstein

Still from Hedgehog in the FogIn his animated films, Yuri Norstein employs characters and stories from Russian folklore and literature to eloquently depict the human condition. His works are poetic, transcending cultural and generational boundaries and yielding layered meanings and emotions.  Norstein’s hand-made, cutout animation technique is also multi-layered. He deftly animates beautifully rendered characters and backgrounds on multiple planes of glass to create effects of three dimensional space and filtered and reflective light.  Known as "the Pushkin of animation", Norstein's films have won countless awards at prestigious film festivals around the world and his critical acclaim in the international animation community equals that of Disney, Lasseter, and Miyazaki. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, Norstein's Tale of Tales was voted the "Greatest Animated Film of All Time" by an international jury.

The screening will include a retrospective of Norstein’s films:
  • Tale of Tales
  • Hedgehog in the Fog
  • Heron and the Crane

as well as a preview of his feature film work in progress based on Gogol's "The Overcoat".

We Hustle

February 12 & 13, 7:00 pm

The Evergreen State College - Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Admission Free

More Information
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833

My Big Fat Queer Sexy Artist Activist Life

annie sprinkle

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, 7:30 pm
The Evergreen State College, Experimental Theater

Admission

Gen. Adm. $10; Students $7 or donation of tampons, pads or pregnancy test

Tickets

Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Lab Box Office daily from 12-3 pm
Or, call 867-6833 to order by phone
 

Parking: $2.00

More Information

Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833

Annie has devoted the past 35 years to passionately researching and exploring sexuality, from the sacred to the profane, and has toured her controversial one-woman theater shows internationally to great acclaim. Annie will share some of her life's work, do mini-performances, and stimulate discussion with the audience.

In addition to Tuesday’s lecture, the following events have also been planned:

Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., prostitute/porn star turned sexologist/performance artist will be visiting Evergreen for a two-day series of lectures, workshops and clinics on October 20 and 21, 2009.

Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, these events are free (except for the Tuesday night lecture/performance piece.
Students may be admitted free with donation of tampons, pads or pregnancy tests at the door).

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

12:00-2:30 pm in the library lobby
Free Sidewalk Sex Clinic
Free sex advice from sex experts! Drop by, sit down, and chat about that ever so interesting and important subject: sex. Ask any questions you like, and we will point you to the right sex expert; or bring your work to share with Annie.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

7:00- 8:30 pm - film & discussion
8:30-10:00 pm - workshop (room TBA)
Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm Annie will screen her latest film, Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm. It's an experimental  documentary and poetic homage to the Big O featuring interviews with 26 orgasm experts. READ: Artistic sexually explicit documentary.

Stay for the workshop to learn about "ecstasy breathing" and "energy orgasms" in a healing session, chakra enema, and spiritual journey rolled into one relaxing experience. This technique can enhance, even revolutionize your sex life, alone or with a partner. Dress in loose comfortable clothing (which stays on). Bring a yoga mat to lay on and a blanket to cover yourself. These techniques can be practiced alone or with a partner(s). Great for pre-orgasmic people, transsexuals and celibates too! For beginners to advanced: Come!

More at: www.anniesprinkle.org and www.loveartlab.org

Dreams Take Flight with Lawnchair Man

Flight of the Lawnchair Man

Thursday, May 21st, 23rd and May 28th - 30th, 2009 - 8 p.m.
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Tickets

Gen. Adm. $8; Seniors $5; Students $5
Available through Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to order by phone

A limited number of $50 front row seats are available for the patrons of Evergreen's Orissi Dance program.
For these seats, please contact John Robbins at (360) 867-6651.

Parking: $2.00

More Information

Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833

The Evergreen State College performing arts students will present the school’s first on-campus musical with its production of Flight of the Lawnchair Man, book by Peter Ullian, music and concept by Robert Lindsey-Nassif. Opening May 21st-23rd and spanning a second weekend through the 30th, students will literally take to the air in the college’s Experimental Theater. Sponsored by the Evergreen program, theater Intensive: Musical theater, general admission tickets are $8, $5 for seniors, faculty, staff, and students, and can be bought at Rainy Day Records, the Evergreen Bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

Inspired by the true story of Larry Walters and his 1982 flight, Flight of the Lawnchair Man was presented at the National Alliance for Musical theater’s Festival of New Musicals in 2004. The Evergreen production will be the Washington premiere. Our story follows a fictional New Jerseyan, Jerry Gorman, in his attempt to make history and follow his dreams to fly away from the life he leads at a Walmart snack stand. Will he succeed? Can he overcome his dyslexia and fear of failure? Will the New Jersey Turnpike ever be the same? Answers to these questions and much more come from this energetic, heart-warming, and soaring (literally!) musical.

Directed by faculty member Dr. Walter Grodzik and musically directed by Josh Anderson, Grodzik joined Evergreen in 2002 after getting his doctorate at the University of Washington and his masters in directing from the Wayne State University in Detroit. A native of Cleveland, Grodzik was also the co-founder and artistic director of a stage company for three seasons called Working theater. Anderson has been active in the local community, including the Capitol Theater and Family Theater since 2004. Anderson graduated with his bachelors in theater from The Evergreen State College in 2005. He has since performed in New York City and the northwest circuit and is also the president of the Theater Artists Olympia. For more information, contact John S. Robbins, Performing and Media Arts Manager, at (360) 867-6651 or go to www.evergreen.edu/expressions.

Orissi – Dance of the Spirit

Poster Orissi Event May 2009

Friday May 8, Saturday May 9, 2009 – 8 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Tickets

Gen. Adm. $15; Seniors $5; Students $5
Available through Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to order by phone

A limited number of $50 front row seats are available for the patrons of Evergreen's Orissi Dance program.
For these seats, please contact John Robbins at (360) 867-6651.

Parking: $2.00

More Information

Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833

The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble will be joined by the ground-breaking Urvasi Dance Company and faculty member, Ratna Roy, for an evening of Orissi Dance with 18 dancers at The Evergreen State College on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9.

The theme this year is "Orissi: Dance of the Spirit." Born in the coastal districts of the state of Orissa, India, Orissi has been described variously as “movement meditation,” “music in motion.” The waters of the ocean at the Bay of Bengal are reflected in the gentle lyrical swaying of the torso, the breeze through the leaves of the palm trees in the circular movement of the wrist, and the heartbeat of Mother Earth in the pulsating rhythms and footslaps. The evening’s performance will open with a spiritual dance by The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble. Two pallavis or dances of flowering, connecting the dancers with the cosmos, will be presented by faculty member, Jamie Lynn Colley, alumni, senior students, and Urvasi. This year we are fortunate to have with us faculty emeritus, Meg Hunt, who will be dancing a Krishna dance through the lens of a gopi. 11-year old Sarvani Eloheimo, twice recipient of Washington State Arts Commission’s Folk Arts Apprentice Award, daughter of faculty members, Marja Eloheimo and Eddy Brown, will present Krishna as a child. Both of these dances come from the Bhakti tradition of Eastern India. The quintessential "Dasavatara," depicting the ten incarnations of Vishnu, will be presented by the Urvasi dancers. The last dance for the evening will be Ratna Roy’s choreography and debut of "Nava Rasa" as seen through the Feminine eye: Love, Heroism, Sorrow, Wonder, Laughter, Terror, Disgust, Anger, and Peace.

Dr. Roy was trained in India in classical Orissi dance, initially in both the women’s (mahari) and the men’s (gotipua) traditions by Guru Govinda Chandra Pal and subsequently in the classical tradition that evolved from the unique "mahari" tradition, by Padmashri Guru Pankaj Charan Das, the guru of all gurus. She is one of the few remaining dancers who practice the women’s dances in classical Orissi style. It has now become her mission to teach and spread this lyrical yet powerful dance style and tradition of her guru. Ratna Roy has received two Fulbrights, an American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Award, the Arts International Award, Fund for Folk Culture Fellowship, and Washington State Arts Commission’s (WSAC) Folk Arts Program Master Artist award for two years. In 2008 Ratna received Ethnic Heritage Council’s Gordon Ekvall Tracie Memorial Award and The Folk Arts Fellowship from WSAC (a Lifetime Achievement Award) for her work with Orissi dance. She has performed and conducted workshops internationally.

Noted Filmmaker Jan Krawitz to Visit Evergreen

Poster Jan Krawitz April 16, 09

Thursday, April 16, 2009 – 8 pm
The Evergreen State College Recital Hall

Tickets

Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors $8; Students $5
Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Parking: $2.00

More Information

Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833

Documentary filmmaker Jan Krawitz will visit The Evergreen State College to screen two notable films, Big Enough and Mirror Mirror on April 16 at 8 pm in the college’s Recital Hall. Sponsored by the Evergreen Expressions Guest Artist Series.

Big Enough is a follow up to Krawitz critically acclaimed 1982 film Little People, nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Individual Documentary”and the subject of a story on NPR’s All Things Considered. Explained Krawitz, “Little People depicted the changes in attitude that was occurring among dwarfs as they struggled towards equal opportunity and enhanced self-esteem.” In this intimate portrait, several dwarfs who appeared in Little People welcome the camera into their lives once again. Through a prism of "then and now," the characters in the film confront physical and emotional challenges with humor, grace, and sometimes, frustration. What is it like to date or find a spouse? What about the decision to have children - with a 75% chance that their offspring will be a dwarf? And what does the future hold now that many genetic conditions, including dwarfism can be diagnosed in utero? Big Enough provides a unique perspective on a proud and active community that many people know only from cultural stereotypes.

Krawitz has been independently producing documentary films for thirty years. Her work has been exhibited and awarded at film festivals in the United States and abroad. Films in distribution include Big Enough, In Harm's Way, Mirror Mirror, Drive-in Blues, Little People, Cotton Candy and Elephant Stuff, and Styx. Krawitz joined the Department of Communication at Stanford University in 1988 after teaching film production and film studies for eight years at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2006, she moved to the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University to teach in the Film and Media Studies program. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Arts in film from Temple University and has received Teaching Excellence Awards at U.T. and at Stanford.


Evergreen to Present Expanded Chinese New Year Celebration at the Washington Center

Giving in to Love poster

Giving in to Love: in Chinese Poetry, Music and theater
Sunday, February 15, 2009 – 7:30 pm
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Admisson: Gen. Adm. $25; Seniors $15; Students $10
Tickets: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts by calling (360) 753-8586
For more information call (360) 867-6651, (360) 867-6705

“Giving in to Love: in Chinese Poetry, Music and theater” is this year’s theme for The Evergreen State College’s expanded annual Lunar New Year Celebration to be presented at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm. Master musicians Warren Chang and Roger Nelson of the Seattle Chinese Orchestra, New York City Chinese Opera professionals, martial arts experts and community performance groups are just a few of the guest artists scheduled to perform. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for students on sale at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts by calling (360) 753-8586. Special group rates are also available.

In celebration of Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day, “Giving in to Love: in Chinese Poetry, Music and theater” is a rare production on many levels. In spirit as well as in content, this event is not only a harmonization between cultures but also a joining of arts—a sensory adventure meandering through the changing sceneries of East and West, Old and New. It is conceived and designed as a theatrical mosaic, a multi-course feast of visual and aural stimulations stringing together sounds and images of Chinese literary, visual, martial and performing arts. It displays the unbreakable connections and shared inspirations between Chinese poetry, music, theater, calligraphy, painting and visual design. In addition to a general welcome to the year of Ox, one of the most sacred and beloved animals in Chinese culture, there exists one invisible thread stringing together all these artistic treasures and throughout the show: the story of love, with Chinese sensitivity and intensity.

The production will feature a host of nationally acclaimed artists in Chinese music, theater and martial arts, including:
  • Erhu (Chinese violin) master performer Warren Chang and pianist Roger Nelson.
  • 10-people Drum Ensemble from Chinese Arts and Music Association in Seattle.
  • Martial artists in Kungfu and Taiji from the Seattle Wushu Center.
  • Chinese opera (in the style of Kunqu theater) performers from New York City. The full-scaled performance will include actors and a complete orchestra, all of high professional caliber. (This will be the first time the Chinese Kunqu theater, recognized by the UNESCO as one of the masterpieces of human oral and intangible heritages, comes to Olympia.)
  • Music faculty and well-trained students from The Evergreen State College and PLU.

“Giving in to Love” serves several missions. Most importantly, it aims to promote a deeper appreciation of Chinese culture in the broader communities of Olympia and the South Puget Sound region. Although the event is a college production, it is a celebratory gift offered to the general public of our communities. It pays tribute to Chinese culture by showcasing some of the most traditional and purest elements of Chinese arts—in musical style, in theatrical conventions, as well as in the calligraphy and paintings incorporated into the scenic background.

The production also explores the artistic interactions and cross-fertilizations between China and the West. Several distinguished performers/composers, including music professors Roger Nelson, Andrew Buchman and Gregory Youtz, will present their “Chinese imagination” through western music composition and instrumentation. The production incorporates delicately designed scenic and lighting elements to reinforce the fluidity between different art forms and between cultures. Stage design becomes an integrated part of the overall aesthetics, speaking for the elegance of Chinese architecture at the same time encompassing all artistic expressions into a coherent universe. The flow of the show will emulate a continuous musical score without verbal explanations and interruptions. Chinese calligraphy and brush painting will grace the projection screen and guide the audience into the Chinese world of love. As a whole, the production is like a piece of music, a scroll of Chinese painting, or a never-ending story of Chinese love.

This program is funded in part by the Washington State Arts Commission and the Evergreen State College President’s Diversity Fund.


Heir to Odissi Dance Legacy to Perform at Evergreen

Heir to Odissi Dance Legacy

Sujata Mohapatra: The Legacy Continues...
Saturday, February 7, 2009, 8:00 pm
The Evergreen State College, Experimental Theater

General Admission:  $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for students
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm. Order by phone at 867-6833
Parking: $2.00
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

Ms. Sujata Mohapatra, Odissi dance’s most distinguished performer and heir to the legacy of the late Guru Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, the undisputed master and architect of the contemporary Odissi repertoire, will perform at The Evergreen State College’s Experimental Theater on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 8 pm.   Sponsored by the Evergreen Expressions Guest Artist Series, general admission tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for students on sale at Rainy Day Records, the Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833. 

A distinguished danseuse of Odissi, Ms. Sujata Mohapatra made her foray into the dancing arena in her early childhood. As the disciple and daughter-in-law of Guru Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, she inherited his devotion and passion for the classical dance form. Eighteen years of rigorous training under the guidance of her Guru eventually molded her from a devoted and diligent disciple into a graceful performer.   Apart from being an excellent performer, Ms. Sujata Mohapatra is also actively involved in teaching Odissi. She also conducts workshops in various places around the world.

An accomplished Odissi dancer, Ms. Sujata Mohapatra has made a mark for herself among the present generation of dancers and artists and has won whole-hearted applause from audiences and critics:

"…Sujata Mohapatra's Odissi recital epitomizes in every detail the dance as visualized by her guru, the late Kelucharan Mohapatra. The immaculate dance contours of Sujata's Odissi, particularly the measured perfection and grace of the torso,” exclaimed Leela Venkatraman of THE HINDU. “Sujata…mesmerized the audience with her pulsating performance…Dancing with delight and spontaneity, her fluid movements and sculpturesque poses proved her prowess as a dancer of international stature,” proclaimed the INDIAN EXPRESS.

Odissi is one of eight principal Indian classical dance forms, and hails from the eastern state of Orissa in India, a land of temples. Today, Odissi visually delights audiences by bringing to life the vast number of dance sculptures abounding the Orissan temple walls.  Its deep spirituality stems from its roots in the temples as a form of worship.  Odissi, in comparison to the other Indian classical dance styles, is characterized by its fluid torso movements, grace, sculpturesque poses, aesthetic beauty, spirituality, and haunting music.  At the base of the Odissi technique are the two basic postures unique to the style – tribhangi, a pose formed with three bends of the body formed by a deflection of the torso, and bend of the head and knees with multiple triangular forms; and chauka, a square-like stance representing Lord Jagannath, the presiding deity of Orissa.

Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra was one of the legends of the Indian performing arts world,. He was awarded the highest national honors from the Government of India, including the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1966, the Padmashree in 1972, the Padmabhushan in 1989, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2000.  He was a recipient of the Kalidas Samman and was honored by the Government of France in 1995. His passing away in 2004 has left a void in the Odissi world.

Evergreen Expressions to Host Canadian Filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming

Ann Marie Fleming Poster

Evergreen Expressions to Host Canadian Filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming

Weds, January 21, 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Place: The Evergreen State College Recital Hall
General Admission:  $10, $8 for seniors and $5 for students
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Parking: $2.00
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

Award winning Canadian independent filmmaker, writer and artist, Ann Marie Fleming will screen her animated documentary, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam at The Evergreen State College on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm in the college's Recital Hall. Sponsored by the Evergreen Expressions Guest Artist Series, general admission tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and $5 for students on sale at Rainy Day Records, the Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

Completed in 2003, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam follows Fleming's exploration of the life and times of her great grandfather, a travelling Chinese vaudevillian acrobat and magician. In 2002, she created the inspirational Blue Skies, a reaction to the events of 9/11, and a riff on events in Long Tack Sam's life, as well. It won best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, has played on screens from India to Iran and has appeared on TV in Canada, the US and China. Her graphic novel, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, adapted from the film, was published in September of 2007 and is on the American Library Association's list of "10 Best Graphic Novels for Teens." It has won rave reviews from a variety of critical sources. It was nominated for two Eisner Awards and won the Doug Wright "Best Book Award" for graphic novels in Canada.

Born in Okinawa of Chinese and Australian parentage, Flemig's film work incorporates various approaches including animation, documentary, experimental, dramatic, and primarily deals with themes of family, history and memory, in a continuing media critique. In 2008, she completed a 5 minute animated film starring her avatar, "stickgirl" called Running (heart body mind spirit). It was commissioned by the Victoria Film Festival as part of the Victoria Symphony's "Reel Music", a competition for composers across Canada to score to new work. It was screened with the live 80-piece symphony orchestra in January, and the winning composer was Maxime Goulet.

Fleming is currently working on an adaptation of a illustrated memoir by Bernice Eisenstein, "I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors", with the Toronto and Montreal offices of the NFB, a dramatic script of the life and loves of her great grandfather, "Shanghai Follies", and "Window Horses," a feature-length animated father-daughter story that involves poetry and immigrants (what else?) and takes place in Shiraz, Iran.

LEARN MORE: http://www.sleepydogfilms.com/

Evergreen Presents “biome” Environmental Dance - CANCELLED

Biome Poster

January 15 & 16 2008 8:00 p.m.

Place: The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater
Admission: general admission tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for students
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking: $2.00
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

San Francisco's acclaimed CAPACITOR brings their latest synthesis of movement, physical devices, and interactive media, biome, to Olympia on Thursday and Friday, January 15th and 16th at 8 pm in the college’s Experimental Theater. Sponsored by the Evergreen Expressions Guest Artist Series, general admission tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for students on sale at Rainy Day Records, the Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

Part dance, part projected glimpses of remote rainforests, and part canopy science, this show grew from weeks spent on-location collaborating with canopy tree scientists, deep in the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. What developed was the world of biome, a place where ties between humans and our planet become clear. In this world, everything is interconnected in a cycle of growth: people become plants, which morph into animals, providing a portal into a deeper understanding of our own motivations and impulses. biome inspires a sense of wonderment about the delicate ecosystems that lie within the heart of our increasingly fragile world.

To create biome, the fifth project of the Capacitor Lab, director, choreographer, and designer Jodi Lomask worked with Dr. Nadkarni, a faculty member at The Evergreen State College, a Guggenheim Fellow, and President of the International Canopy Network. Dr. Nadkarni, a world-renowned canopy tree ecologist and author, led the scientific collaboration for biome. She ushered Capacitor artists into the canopy of 250- foot tall Douglas Fir trees in Washington and 150-foot tall strangler figs in Costa Rica to provide scientifically sound information on the complex interactions around them. To highlight the importance of wild spaces and the research that can only be done in relatively untouched biomes such as these, the live performances will be preceded by an illustrated talk by the scientist on the fragility of these ecosystems. In addition, local, regional, and national conservation groups will have information tables in the lobby to invite audience members to become aware of and participate in conservation efforts around them.

biome’s appearance in the Seattle area is part of Toyota's TogetherGreen national innovation grant recently awarded to the Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center to find and cultivate new audiences for conservation activities. It is one of the unique and innovative ways in which the Center is reaching across traditional communication lines to inform a wide array of community members about the importance of trees and engage their assistance in a large reforestation project underway at Seward Park. Seward Park is home to one of the few remaining stands of old growth forest in Seattle and includes trees that are 400 and 500 hundred years old.

Since 1997, Capacitor has been creating performances based on scientific concepts that synthesize the body with innovative props and interactive media. Under the direction of Jodi Lomask, past works have tackled the creation of the universe (Within Outer Spaces, 2001); the past and the future of mankind (future species, 2000) and the modern phenomenon of video gaming (Avatars, 2002-03). Capacitor has been produced nationally at venues including Krannert Center (Urbana, IL); Kentucky Center for the Arts (Louisville, KY); the Performing Arts Center (Purchase, NY); and at venues in Florida,

Maine, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada. Internationally they have appeared in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Canada, Jamaica, and Scotland.

TogetherGreen will invest in both promising environmental projects and outstanding leaders that can shape a brighter tomorrow. Along with Innovation Grants to be awarded each year, TogetherGreen funds and promotes conservation leadership training and volunteer programs designed to equip and engage diverse groups and individuals to take action today to shape a healthier tomorrow. Information on other grantees, along with opportunities to get involved in conservation efforts, showcase successful initiatives, and honor those who are making a difference, can be found at www.TogetherGreen.org.

http://www.capacitor.org/

William Chapman

Evergreen Expression Presents Ghanaian Pianist William Chapman Nyaho

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 8:00 p.m.

Place: The Evergreen State College Recital Hall, 2700 Evergreen Park Dr. NW, Olympia
Admission:
Gen. Adm. $20; Seniors/Students $10
Tickets:
Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking:
$2.00
Information:
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

College professor turned concert pianist, William Chapman Nyaho will visit The Evergreen State College campus to present a recital on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 in the college’s Recital Hall at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $20 and $10 for seniors and students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

Recently lauded for his critically acclaimed CD release, Senku: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent, Nyaho will play the music of his rich African ancestry that famed poet Maya Angelou described as “so delicious, that the listeners will be made to laugh out loud and to compliment not just Dr. Chapman Nyaho, but themselves at their good fortune in finding these composers and this pianist … Nyaho’s courage can be seen in his willingness to find the music, to select the music, and then offer the music to an audience, which for the most part, had never heard of these composers. That was wondrously brave.”

Nyaho's performing experience includes recitals in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. His recitals have typically included standard repertoire and piano music by composers of the African Diaspora. He also performs as soloist with various orchestras including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Nyaho has been featured on radio and television broadcasts in Ghana, Switzerland, and National Public Radio in the USA. He has also developed and hosted radio programs such as The Bach Show for KRVS Public Radio in Louisiana.

Nyaho studied at Achimota School, Ghana, and Oxford University (UK), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Honour School of Music. He continued his studies in piano at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music where he received his Master of Music degree and at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Nyaho is also the winner of prizes from the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition in Italy.

Following a four-year residency as a North Carolina Visiting Artist, Nyaho taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he held the Heymann Endowed Professorship. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award and the Acadiana Arts Council Distinguished Artist Award. He is currently working on a graded anthology of Piano Music by Composers of the African Diaspora to be published by Oxford University Press.

On the web: http://www.nyaho.com/senku.cfm

“Weird Shit Cabaret” – Works developed and presented by SOS: Performing Arts

Cabaret Poster

December 4, 5, 6, 2008 7:00 p.m.

Place: The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater
Admission:
FREE
Campus Parking: $2.00
Information:
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

SOS: Performing Arts

“The Balcony" by Jean Genet

Balcony poster

December 4, 5, 6, 2008 9:00 p.m.

Place: The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater
Admission:
FREE
Campus Parking: $2.00
Information:
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

“Pouring Tea” – Performance Artist Presents Narratives of Southern Black Gay Men

Pouring Tea

Thursday, October 23, 2008 7:00 p.m.

Place: The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater
Admission:
Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors $8; Students $5
Tickets:
Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking:
$2.00
Information:
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

Evergreen Expressions will present E. Patrick Johnson, author, professor and performance artist, who will perform Pouring Tea, a one-man show exploring racism, coming out, transgenderism, sex and masculinity on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the college’s Experimental Theater. General admission tickets are $10, seniors $8 and students $5 on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen Bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

Co-sponsored by the Evergreen Queer Alliance and The Evergreen State College President’s Diversity Fund , the performance will consist of narratives from Johnson’s most recent book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, published by the University of North Carolina Press. Johnson, a professor, chair and director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University collected these narratives from interviews with Southern black gay men aged 19 to 93 that he conducted in the past few years. Explained Johnson, “I like doing research on living people! I also wanted to have a ‘living’ archive of these men’s stories – to have them share their stories in their own words.” Johnson continues, “Pouring Tea gives audiences a chance to be exposed to a few representative men from the book. Before I perform each narrative, I play a clip of the original interview so that the audience can hear the narrator speak in his own voice.”

A scholar/artist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance. His book Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity published by Duke University Press in 2003, has won several awards, including the Lilla A. Heston Award, the Errol Hill Book Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He co-authored (with Mae G. Henderson) Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology with Duke University Press.

“Lynda Barry is Back!” at The Evergreen State College

Lynda Barry

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 – 8 pm

Place: The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater
Admission:
Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors $8; Students $5
Tickets:
Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking:
$2.00
Information:
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

UPDATE: The Lynda Barry event has SOLD OUT:
To satisfy the overwhelming request for tickets
we are offering an alternative – a live feed/overflow option in the Recital Hall.
Tickets for this will be $4 and available at the Communications (COM) Building box office beginning at 6:30 pm, night of show.

Famed American cartoonist, author and Evergreen alumnus, Lynda Barry, returns to The Evergreen State College to present a night of readings and stories on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 8 pm in the college’s Experimental Theater. Barry is currently on tour for her recently published book, What it Is which she will sell and sign after the event. Sponsored by the Evergreen Expressions Guest Artist Series, general admission tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and $5 for students on sale at Rainy Day Records, the Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

Barry is best know for her weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, which views family life from the perspective of pre-teen girls from the wrong side of the tracks from Arna (the sensitive, freckled observer) and the cousins with whom she lives; pig-tailed Marlys (gifted, exuberant, snarky, and spastic); and the older Maybonne (concerned with social justice, music, makeup, hairdos and boys) and Freddie (gay, sweet, bullied, fascinated with bugs and monsters). She has also gained attention with her novel The Good Times are Killing Me about an interracial friendship between two young girls that was later made into a play.

What it Is" (2008) is a graphic novel that is part memoir, part collage and part workbook in which Barry instructs her readers in methods to open up their own creativity by explaining her own method of making drawings and stories. Barry explains, “It is the rediscovery of what I knew as a kid. It’s the physical activity of making something which leads to its meaning and purpose, and not the other way around.”

The Longhouse at The Evergreen State College to host Native American Performance Artist James Luna

James Luna

Water, Movement, Fire and Voices with James Luna
Friday, April 25 at 8:00 pm

Place: The Longhouse at The Evergreen State College
Admission: Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets:
Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking:
$2.00
Information:
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions or James Luna

Native American performance artist, James Luna, will present his newest piece, Water, Movement, Fire and Voices in The Longhouse at The Evergreen State College on Friday, April 25 at 8:00 pm. General admission tickets are $10 and $5 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833. The event is co-sponsored by Evergreen Expressions, the Evergreen Diversity Series and the Longhouse Cultural and Educational Center.

James Luna is Internationally-recognized for his installation and performance art. A Luiseño/Diegueno Indian and a resident of California’s La Jolla Reservation, Luna creates his work for "a community of Indian tribes." He has received wide acclaim for his deconstruction of stereotypes and notions of  Indian identity. His work confronts and challenges commonly-held stereotypes about Native Americans, museums, art, and life, and does it with irony, humor, sorrow, and a strong sense of story-telling in motion. Luna was selected by NMAI to participate in the 2005 Venice Biennale with the performance installation Emendatio. He has directed an experimental video concerned with Native conversation and the "coffeehouse" culture of the Beat generation, and has also been the subject of several films about his performances and ideas, including a segment of the 2005 PBS magazine series Race Is the Place. Luna's performances and work have been presented at the Hemispheric Institute's 2005 Encuentro "Performing 'Heritage'" in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Swiss Institute and the American Indian Community House in New York; National Gallery of Art in Ottawa; Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire; and San Diego Museum of Man. He is on the faculty of Palomar College and San Diego State University, and has lectured about art at Harvard University and other colleges.

Luna began his studies in painting, but it was when he discovered performance that his practice took shape. Luna's work has conceptual overtones, and he strives for minimal means in his multi-media and video installations. He has performed and exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums in the United States, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. "Let's get this out front," Luna explains, "theater is not what I am, though there are any number of similarities. Installation is very broad and that's one of its strengths. I approach it as I approach a painting. I don't think about acting. I am not a trained actor. But that's not to say that I don't script or monologue. I do, but it comes out of the art." In Notes on My Art Work #674, Luna writes, "I am not a healer but can be considered a clown." And clowning has its own healing power; as Luna says, humor is "the first step in recovery."

Orissi Dance Troupe Rudrakshya from India to be presented by Evergreen Expressions

Rudrakshya

Rudrakshya
Saturday, April 26 2008 8:00 p.m.

Place: The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater
Admission:
Gen. Adm. $20; Seniors/Students $10
Tickets:
Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking:
$2.00
Information:
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

Fresh from their New York Lincoln Center performance, The Evergreen State College will present the Indian dance troupe Rudrakshya for a one night performance on Saturday, April 26 at 8 pm in the college’s Experimental Theater. General admission tickets are $20 and $10 for seniors and students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

Founded in 2000 by Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain, Rudrakshya is dedicated to the enhancement of the Odissi dance style with special emphasis on developing new and innovative choreography, Rudrakshya seeks to preserve the integrity of this art form by building upon the foundation reconstructed and developed by the forefathers of Odissi. Founder and choreographer Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain has gained accolades for his innovative choreography and has emerged as one of the leading Gurus in the next generation of Odissi dance.

Odissi is a classical style of dance from India that traces its origins to the ritual dances performed in the temples of ancient India. It is characterized by extreme lyricism of the upper torso juxtaposed against fast, strong, rhythmic footwork. During British rule, it lost repute, only to be carefully reconstructed in the 20th Century.

For more information, please call Ratna Roy at (360) 867-6469 or e-mail her at royr@evergreen.edu or ratna-david@olywa.net. Please go to http://www.olywa.net/ratna-david for details of the program and photos from the February 2006 performance in Orissa, India.

On the web:

The Bacchae - A Communion Rite

The Bacchae

Evergreen Tackles Traditional Greek Tragedy with Euripides’ The Bacchae – A Celebration of Life
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 13, 14, & 15 – 7:30 pm

Place: The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater
Admission:
Gen. Adm. $5; Seniors/Students $3
Tickets:
Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking:
$2.00
Information:
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

Evergreen Performing Arts will present the Greek tragedy, The Bacchae – A Communion Rite, by Euripides from a translation by Wole Syinka on Thurs, Fri. and Sat, March 13, 14 & 15 at 7:30 pm in the college’s Experimental Theater. General admission tickets are $5 and $3 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen Bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

This complicated and mysterious play is presented by the Evergreen academic program “Me and My Shadow: Performing Arts in Society.” Truthful to Soyinka’s intention, this particular production will celebrate life, death and redemption through a continuous string of dancing, singing, chanting and acting. Directed and choreographed by faculty members, Rose Jang and Kabby Mitchell III., with the support and guidance of the COM technical staff, a talented and dedicated group of student actors, dancers, musicians and designers put together a show which aims to explore every performance element and possibility on stage and ultimately translate the holistic sensation of a ritual theater. The Experimental theater of the Communication Building will be transformed into a natural scene occupied by hills, rocks, plants and ancient palace, giving itself to a suspended space of dream and myth where the truth and complexity of human emotions present themselves in music, dance and striking honesty. Explained John Robbins, Managing Director of Performing & Media Arts, “This is easily the biggest production we’ve tackled in years. It’s given our students in both the scene shop and the costume shop some real learning challenges.”

Euripides’ timeless play has re-emerged in this modern version as “a communal feast, a tumultuous celebration of life, and a robust ritual of the human and social psyche” through Wole Syinka’s poetic translation and adaptation. The joining of two literary and dramatic giants makes for an incredibly powerful piece of literature and theatrical experience. The Greek legends are pushed to a heightened sense of spiritual purity and intensity with the energy and imagination of African mythology; Dionysian worship is blended with passionate devotion to the Yoruba deity, Ogun. While Soyinka’s post-colonial concentration adds a strong layer of social and political consciousness to the mysticism of the original Greek play, the conflict between Dionysus and Pentheus remains a study of the perpetual struggle within every human psyche--between the public, controlled self and the private, hidden shadow.

The Maids by Jean Genet

The Maid

Friday, March 7, 8, 13 & 14 at 7:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Recital Hall (3/7) and Lecture Hall I (3/8,  3/13 & 3/14)

Admission: Gen. Adm. $4
Tickets: Available at the Door or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking: $2.00
Information:
Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

Genet’s absurdist comedy, The Maids, will be presented by the Evergreen State College Performing and Media Arts program, Fashioning the Body, on Friday, March 7 at 7 pm in the college’s Recital Hall, and in Lecture Hall 1 on March 8, 14 & 15. General admission is $4 and tickets will be available on the evening of the performance or by calling 867-6833 to place a phone order.

In keeping with the theme of identity deconstruction, in this production the roles of the maids (Claire and Solange) will be played by two male-identified individuals. Since the characters of Claire and Solange play many different roles in their daily lives, none of which quite strike at the truth of their being, the visual dissonance of seeing men in female dress serves to underline the question of who these women are, and address the larger question of why and how human identity is constructed. Are we our gender, our circumstances, or our mode of dress? If not, how do we break free of those constraints? Jean Genet was a French playwright, poet and author. Born in 1910 and abandoned by his parents, he spent much of his adolescence and young adulthood in juvenile detention facilities and similar institutions for a succession of petty thefts. In 1948 he escaped life imprisonment when, at the behest of eminent French writers and artists such as Sartre, Gide and Cocteau, the president of the Republic granted him an official pardon.

The Maids is based on true events. In 1933, in the small town of Le Mans, France, two maids, Christine and Lea Papin, brutally murdered their mistress and her daughter with a pewter jug, a hammer and a carving knife. It is the only recorded case in modern criminal history in which the victim’s eyes were torn from the skull with nothing but the murderer’s bare hands. After the crime, the two sisters were found upstairs, naked in bed together. This single event, besides setting the whole of in an uproar, sparked the creative fancy of a number of French intellectuals who produced a large amount of literature based on their story. For his play, Genet took from the Papin sisters their relationship, their circumstances, and their madness. The Maids> is a black mass, a funeral, an illusion, and a dream. It is the story of two outcasts struggling to overcome their servile, sub-human identity in a world that refuses to acknowledge them otherwise.

Mosca and the Meaning of Life | Innovative Animation and Performance Art.

mosca

Thurs, Jan 24, 2008, 7 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: General $10; Seniors/Students $5
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833

Mosca and the Meaning of Life, a ground breaking multi-media work in which an animated character is taken off of the screen and integrated into a live performance, will be the centerpiece of an evening of animation and performance art presented by award winning animator, Christine Panushka and performance artist, Beto Araiza.

This new work by Panushka and Araiza grew out of an experiment in multidisciplinary collaboration commissioned by the Pasadena arts organization NewTown to create and expand the definition and form of their respective disciplines. It was originally presented at The Autry National Center, in Los Angeles, in October 2006. While animation has in the past been integrated into dance and music performances, Mosca presents multiple characters interacting with a live performer. Explained Araiza, “In essence, are we all nothing more than common flies searching for that little piece of metaphorical feces on which to live out of our millisecond of existence in this life? And like the common fly don’t we too devour and then regurgitate our belief systems over and over again desperately hoping to discover any small semblance of a greater truth? What is life? What is existence? What is truth?

Currently a Professor in the animation department at University of Southern California Christine Panushka's animated films have won numerous awards at festivals throughout the world. Prior to that, she was Associate Director of Experimental Animation at Cal Arts. Her most recent project, commissioned by Absolut Vodka, has brought 12 of the finest experimental animators in the world to over 750,000, via her Web Site, Absolut Panushka (http://www.absolutvodka.com). In addition to her many artistic accomplishments, she is a tireless crusader for arts education for young people.

In addition to Mosca & The Meaning of Life, Araiza will be performing several performance art pieces from previous shows, “HIVato”, “Holy Wars” and from a new work “Biting The Pillow”. Panushka will present several additional animations pieces and the evening will close with a Question and Answer period.

Lunar Spring Festival Concert to Celebrate the Year of the Rat.

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Thurs, Jan 24 - Feb, 9, 2008
The Evergreen State College & South Puget Sound Community College

Admission: varies
Information:  Individual Event Details Below

The Lunar Spring Festival, one of the most important festivals in Asia, will consist of three events scheduled over three weekends

The first event includes
The Seattle Chinese Orchestra
with acclaimed musician Warren Chang, highlighting an afternoon of pan-Asian performers, the Huan Yin dance ensemble and the locally based Urvasi Dance Company performing classical Indian dance in the Orissi style. Audience members will witness many traditional performances including a Lion Dance, a Tibetan Dance, a Shadow play entitled The Mouse Wedding and a Dance of the Animals as well as a demonstration of Japanese calligraphy.
Co-sponsored by The Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College.

 

  • Sat, Jan 26, 2008 – 2 pm 
  • Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College
  • Gen. Adm. $25; Seniors $20; Students $10
  • Tickets: (360) 596-5501 or (360) 867-6833 or online at the SPSCC website
  • Free Parking

Poetry for the Common Good, a free workshop conducted by acclaimed translator of Chinese poetry Red Pine at The Evergreen State College.

  • Sat, Feb 2, 4 pm
  • The Evergreen State College SEM II - E1105
  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking

Tai Ji Workshop conducted by Tai Ji master Chungliang Al Huang, sponsored as part of Evergreen’s Extended Education program on February 8-10. Tai Ji is a dynamic moving meditation that enhances health, wellness, and cultural connection. Chungliang Al Huang is one of the most talented transformational movement-meditation teachers working today. He is the author of Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain and other books.

  • Feb 8, 6:30-8 pm, February 9 and 10th, 10 am-4:30 pm 
  • The Evergreen State College Longhouse
  • Participants must register through Evergreen Extended Education (360) 867-5515 

For more information contact Hirsh Diamant (360) 867-6736 or Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651.

Evergreen Singers Present Selections from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience as Holiday Concert

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Sunday, Dec. 9th at 7:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Recital Hall

Admission: Free
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

The Evergreen Singers will present a concert of selections from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride in the Recital Hall of The Evergreen State College on Sunday December 9th at 7 pm. Admission and parking are free.

The Evergreen Singers include students, faculty, and staff of The Evergreen State College. They are led by director Marla Beth Elliott and accompanist Stephanie Claire.

W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, best known for The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore, created the most popular theatrical entertainments of the late Victorian era. Their comic operas have never been out of production since they were originally presented in the eighteen-seventies and eighties.

Though Patience was one of their most popular productions at the time, it is not widely known now. Patience satirizes Aestheticism, a “lifestyle” movement that included clothing, visual art, literature, and interior design and rejected the values and styles of the dominant high Victorian culture.

In Patience, a cavalry regiment returns home to discover that their former fiancées have become Aesthetic and now spend all their time mooning after the pretentious poet Reginald Bunthorne, who in turn longs for the naïve milkmaid Patience. Gilbert’s bizarre combination of logic and emotion, and Sullivan’s grand and memorable melodies, take this story to a conclusion that leaves all but one character happily engaged to be married.

This costumed concert will include most of the music as well as selected dialogue from this wonderfully comic opera.

Evergreen to Present an Evening of Orissi Dance and Hindustani Music

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Myths, Legends and Epics
Friday, Nov. 30 & Sat., Dec. 1 at 7:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Gen. Adm. $15; Facutlty/Staff - $12; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Parking:
$2.00
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble will be joined by the ground-breaking Urvasi Dance Company and faculty member, Ratna Roy, along with Arijit Mahalanabis and his Gandharva Music Ensemble for an evening of Hindustani music and Orissi Dance at The Evergreen State College on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 pm. in the college’s Experimental Theater. General admission tickets are $15 and $5 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen Bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

Arijit Mahalanabis, an acclaimed Dhrupad singer, a powerful performer, and Visiting faculty at Evergreen, is collaborating with Sri Raman Iyer, a Carnatic musician, in a rare musical number for the first half of the evening performance. That will be followed by “Orissi Dance: Myths, Legends, and Epics.” This year the dances are focusing on abhinaya performances, storytelling and retelling of ancient myths through a subaltern lens, a lens of the dispossessed. The acclaimed Thali Naca, revived by Urvasi in Washington State, with rave reviews from India in 2006-07, will open the evening’s dance performance. That will be followed by “Batu,” a child’s dream bringing sculptures to life. The child will be played by 10-year old Sarvani Eloheimo, twice recipient of Washington State Arts Commission’s Folk Arts Apprentice Award. Five of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, Matsya (Fish), Kurma (Turtle), Varaha (Wil Boar), Narasimha (Lion-Man), and Vamana (Dwarf) will be enacted by three female dancers and a male dancer who is Visiting Faculty teaching Yoga at Evergreen for the Performing Arts Lab Program. The pure pallavi (flowering) dance will be led by Evening and Weekend Studies faculty member, Jamie Lynn Colley. That will be followed by “Nava Durga,” nine forms of Goddess Durga, with Jamie as Durga and Marissa Betz-Zall as all of the asuras, including Mahisasura, representing the male ego. The final dance number will be the rare “Tara,” one of Guru Pankaj Charan Das’ famous Pancha Kanya dances, a feminist interpretation of an episode from the Ramayana, performed by the only performing dancer internationally that has had the blessing of receiving the gift from her guru, Dr. Ratna Roy.

Dr. Roy was trained in India in classical Orissi dance, initially in both the women’s (mahari) and the men’s (gotipua) traditions by Guru Govinda Chandra Pal and subsequently in the classical tradition that evolved from the "mahari" tradition, by Padmashri Guru Pankaj Charan Das, the guru or all gurus. She is one of the few remaining dancers who practice the women’s dances in classical Orissi style. It has now become her mission to teach and spread the unique dance style and tradition of her guru. Ratna Roy has received two Fulbrights, an American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Award, and the Arts International Award for her dance and has performed and conducted workshops internationally.

Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps

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Friday, Oct 19, 2007, 8:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to order by phone
Parking:
$2.00

Transgender performance artist Scott Turner Schofield will preview his new work, Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 pm in The Evergreen State College’s Experimental Theater. General admission tickets are $10 and $5 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.  A brief talk-back with the artist and a reception will follow the performance.

Scott Turner Schofield is a female-to-male transsexual with a transgender identity. In 2007, Schofield became the first openly trans artist to be commissioned by the National Performance Network for this forthcoming solo show.  This piece is the last installment of an autobiographical performance trilogy, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure solo work combining aerial acrobatics and multimedia storytelling for an unrepeatable evening of gender exploration. Literally: in just the way human beings unconsciously choose how we see gender based on our own cultural cues, audiences for this show choose Schofield's narrative path from female-to-male, choosing what stories they will hear, step-by-step.

Schofield began his performance art career working as a research assistant to Holly Hughes and Carmelita Tropicana at the WOW Cafe in New York City in 2000. Now a full-time performance artist, educator, writer, and producer, he has toured his acclaimed one-trannie shows, "Underground TRANSit" and "Debutante Balls" to colleges, theaters, and festivals far and wide, using performance to engage diverse audiences around the critical issues of our time: gender, race, class, sexuality, and difference. His storytelling and interactive lectures ease and enliven conversation with audiences working through the confusing social maze of identity, helping to build community out of common interests.

Lauded for his direct and accessible presentation, Schofield has been honored with several commissions for new work, and is the youngest recipient ever of a Tanne Foundation Award for Commitment to Artistic Excellence. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote, "A transgender, feminist performance artist with a national buzz going...funny, revealing, whip-smart and poetic." Since 2006, Schofield has received 3 Community Fund Grants from the National Performance Network to raise community awareness of gender and sexuality through art in Seattle, San Antonio, and Miami, FL.

LEARN MORE > Video Clips:
Scott Turner Schofield:
Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps
Sneak Peek: Virtual Turner

Alonzo the Incredible

Alonzo the Incredible

Friends of the Library Present Alonzo the Incredible
Saturday, Oct 20, 2007, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Admission: Gen. Adm. $20; Students/Children $10
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to order by phone

Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833.

Evergreen faculty Emeritus, Alan Nasser, performs as the renowned Alonzo the Incredible in this Friends of the Library fundraiser, performing feats of amazing prestidigitation!

Expect to be amazed! Alonzo’s shows involve individual audience members and the group as a whole to make his miracles happen. You will not be treated to the same old song and dance show that folks have seen a hundred times before. Many of Alonzo’s effects are original and will take you by surprise

Obo Addy & Okropong – Traditional music and dance of Ghana return to Evergreen

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Friday, Oct 26, 2007, 8:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Gen. Adm. $20; Seniors/Students $10
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to order by phone
Parking:
$2.00
Information: (360) 867-6833

The Evergreen State College will once again host master Ghanaian drummer Obo Addy and his music and dance ensemble, Okropong, as part of the Evergreen Expressions visiting artist program on Friday, October 26 at 8 pm in the college’s Experimental Theater. General admission tickets are $20 and $10 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen Bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.   

This will be the third time the popular Portland musician and teacher has returned to Olympia with his African performing arts group. Okropong, meaning "eagle" in Obo Addy’s native Ga language, performs traditional Ghanaian dance and music chosen from the various ethnic cultures in Ghana, including Ga, Ewe, Ashanti, Dagomba and Dagarti. Using a variety of hand and stick drums, talking drums, bells and shakers, the musicians build layers of driving rhythms while the dancers, clad in colorful West African garments, engage in an energetic physical "conversation" with the drummers. At the end of each concert, both musicians and dancers engage the audience in a spirited call and response, celebrating that shared experience with them through song and dance.

Obo Addy, one of the key originators of the seminal musical movement now known as "Worldbeat," is a prominent member of the first generation of African musicians to bring their traditional and popular music to Europe and America. Obo Addy, the son of a Wonche medicine man in Ghana West Africa, was designated a "master drummer" at the age of six. Surrounded by his enormous family (his father had 55 children by 10 wives) and thoroughly immersed in the core musical traditions of his people, Addy embodied the skills and deep values of Ga music as few could.

Obo Addy currently teaches music at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He travels throughout the country conducting teaching residencies and performing both solo and with his performing groups.  His numerous recordings include two recent works entitled "Let me Play My Drums" and "Okropong." Obo's newest recordings, Wonche Bi and Afieye Okropong, were released on the Alula label.

In 1996 Obo Addy was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the highest honor a traditional artist can receive in this country. Obo is the first African born artist to ever receive the award. 

LEARN MORE > Audio Clip: Gome
On the Web: Obo Addy & Okropong

Evergreen to Host Annual Orissi Dance Festival

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Olympia's Annual Orissi Dance Festival
May 11 & 12 at 8 pm.
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Gen. Adm. $12; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Parking: $1.25 Fri. only
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

"Olympia's Annual Orissi Dance Festival," sponsored by Evergreen Performing Arts & The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble and featuring the Urvasi Dance Company, with 19 dancers, will be held at the Experimental theater, Communications Building, The Evergreen State College, on May 11& 12, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 general and $5 students and seniors. Tickets are available at Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia, and the COM Building Box Office from 12 - 3 pm Monday thru Friday or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

The performance will open with Hindustani Classical Music by the Gandharva Music Ensemble, led by Extended Education faculty member, Arijit Mahalanabis. The orchestra consists of Arijit Mahalabis
(vocalist), Brandon McIntosh (Sarod), Nirmal Rout (Pakhawaj/Mardala), Mausam (Harmonium), Ravi Ramamurthy (Violin), and Satyajit Limaye (Flute/Tabla).

Olympia's own Orissi Ensemble has continued to make strides. In November at the Second International Odissi (variant in spelling) in New Delhi, Ratna Roy's choreography was featured as the work of one of the foremost choreographers of the second generation. In December, alumni and students of Evergreen participated at the Gutu Pankaj Charan Das Festival in Bhubaneswar and at the Third International Odissi Festival, an extravaganza, again in Bhubaneswar. The performances received rave reviews on Orissa's tv and on national tv as well as in the press. As a
result, the Government of Orissa featured Urvasi Dance Company (now comprising of students, alumni, and community members) at the National Kharavela Festival in Orissa.

Some of the recent reviews from India: "the defining moments of the second day were the solo performances by artistes from the USA and Canada, who with their fluid movements and perfect coordination recreated the magic of legendary Odissi exponent Guru Pankaj Charan Das' style of dancing. But the one presentation that truly complemented the festival theme of 'Origin and Beyond' was that of a 15 -year-old budding Canada-based dancer Shibani Mohapatra. A student of Urvasi Dance Company (USA), Shibani effortlessly recreated the magic of the 'thali and diya' dance, a signature style of Guru Pankaj Charan Das that has long disappeared from the Odissi scene in India." (The New Indian Express, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, December 28, 2006).

"Impressive Thali dance by US girl: As the 15-year-old US-based non-resident Oriya girl Shibani Mohapatra performed the Thali dance of Puri. . . in the ongoing international Odissi dance festival here on Wednesday, she reminded everyone of an extinct tradition that the people of Orissa have forgotten. This unique arts practice is not only being revived in the US by veteran Odissi danseuse Ratna Roy, disciple of the 'guru of gurus' late Pankaj Charan Das but also it is gradually gaining
appreciation from the audience there. Shibani is one of the few disciples of Ratna who is trained in this difficult dance style." (The Hindu, Bhubaneswar, December 28, 2006).

"Performing with involvement leaves an impression, and U.S.-based Scheherazaad Cooper's 'Naba Durga' was able to make an impact. 'Naba Durga' was an expressional piece, choreographed by Pankaj Charan Das." (The Hindu, Hyderabad, December 28, 2006).

Finally, the review from the National Kharavela Festival (translated from Oriya): "Today we were privileged to see a unique presentation to the rhythm of bells at the Kharavela Festival stage, filling the space, to the rhythm of percussion, danced foreign dancers. In the art of Odissi dance, the American dancers were no less than anyone [here]. The American dancers of Urvasi Dance Company presented the Odissi dance, 'Gativilas.' Under the direction of Indian danseuse Dr. Ratna Roy, five American dancers presented the gaits. . . through gestures [they] left the audience entranced and amazed." (Girija, Sambad, January 31, 2007). Of the "Gativilas Pallavi," a correspondent from Dharitri, an Oriya daily writes, "Under the direction of Dr. Ratna Roy, Urvasi Dance Company presented an authentic dance in its purity, 'the Gativilas Pallavi.' (Bhubaneswar, December 28, 2006).

Recognized internationally, the troupe has come into its own. It has been invited to perform in India again on behalf of the Government of Orissa. It has also been recognized as one six foremost Odissi dance companies in the world, and as one with the largest number of soloists. Olympia has much to be proud of.

To this dance ensemble, we add a music ensemble in this forthcoming production.

For more information, please call (360) 867-6833 or Ratna Roy at (360) 867-6469 or e-mail her at royr@evergreen.edu or ratna-david@olywa.net . Please go to http//www.olywa.net/ratna-david for details of the program.

Maria Tallchief

Tall Chief

May 8, 2007, 7:00 pm
Evergreen Expressions Presents "Sneak Preview" of upcoming PBS Documentary Maria Tallchief by Sandra and Yasu Osawa

Admission: Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Parking: $1.25

Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

America's first Prima Ballerina, Maria Tallchief, is the
subject of a soon to be aired PBS documentary by Sandra and Yasu Osawa that will be previewed on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm in The Evergreen State College's Recital Hall. The screening, by the award winning filmmakers, is part of this year's Evergreen Expressions program. General Admission tickets are $10 and $5 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, open from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833. A brief talk-back with the filmmakers and a reception will follow the screening.

This documentary is the third in a trilogy of films that highlights contemporary American Indian themes, issues and people by the Seattle based Upstream Productions. In this film, Ms. Tallchief tells her own story accompanied by dance clips, interviews with colleagues and historians and archival photos. Explained Sandra Osawa, "There are no contemporary stories about Native American women on PBS, the myriad of other television stations or on the big screen. For us, as American Indian women, Pocahontas is as good as it gets. This documentary aims to change the perpetual image of Indian women from one of 'beast of burden' or 'romantic princess' to one which will highlight a truly inspirational life-one filled with integrity and passion for the arts."

Osawa's film explains that in the late 1940's, Tallchief ushered in a new prototype of the ballerina that was distinctly American, in a ballet world that was dominated by the Russians, the French and the English. All that changed in 1948 when Ms. Tallchief took the stage to capture the critical NY audience in a new ballet called Orpheus. Author Francis Mason, who is featured in the film exclaimed, "Maria Tallchief lit a fire under classical ballet that is still burning."

My Name is Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie

April 27 & 28 at 8 pm
April 28 & 29 at 2 pm
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Admission: General $30; Seniors/Students $20
Tickets:
Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Bldg. Box Office daily: 12-3 pm or 360-867-6651 to order by phone
Parking:
$1.25 Friday
Information: (360) 867-6833.
The Evergreen State College to Present Seattle Repertory Company's Production of My Name is Rachel Corrie

The story of Rachel Corrie comes full circle when The Evergreen State College presents the Seattle Repertory Company's production of My Name is Rachel Corrie in the college's Experimental Theater, April 27 & 28 at 8 pm and April 28 & 29 at 2 pm as part of the Evergreen Expressions Visiting Artist program. Tickets are $30 General Admission and $20 for Seniors and Students. They will go on sale at noon on April 2 at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen College bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, open from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 876-6651. A special preview performance will also be presented free of charge to Evergreen students.

The play, taken from Rachel Corrie's own writings, was edited for the stage by director Alan Rickman, best known for his roles in the Harry Potter series of films and New York stage productions of Les Liasons Dangereuses and Private Lives, and Katharine Viner, Features Editor of The Guardian newspaper in London. The production opened at London's Royal Court Theater to critical acclaim in 2005. Most recently the production was scheduled to open last March at the New York theater Workshop. But six weeks before opening night, the theater announced it was indefinitely postponing production of the play. They cited the current political climate as the reason for the cancellation. The production was later moved to New York's Mineta Lane theater where it completed an 11 week run.

The Seattle production, directed by Braden Abraham and starring Marya Sea Kaminski in the title role, will play until April 22 when it will then move to Olympia. Explained Performing and Media Arts Manager and producer of Evergreen Expressions, John Robbins, "We are very excited about bringing this professional production to Olympia but also presenting it where Rachel's story began. In many ways she represents the quintessential Evergreen student, passionate and committed to the issues and concerns of the world that affect their lives."

Rachel Corrie went to the Gaza Strip in January of 2003 to aid Palestinians whose homes were being destroyed in the conflict with Israel and to find a sense of truth and understanding in a very complex situation. She was killed by an Israeli defense force bulldozer trying to prevent a Palestinian home from being destroyed.

Theater Nohgaku | Crazy Jane

Crazy Jane Poster

April 6, 2007, 8:00 pm
Minnaert Center of the Arts - South Puget Sound Community College

Admission: $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, Evergreen students admitted free with proper ID
Tickets: online at www.spscc.ctc.edu/CFA, or call 360.596.5501
Parking: free
Information: 360.596.5501.

Theater Nohgaku presents a new play, Crazy Jane by David Crandall
with special guest musicians from Japan.

Also featuring theater of Yugen in Shimizu, a Kyogen comedy.

Co-sponored by Evergreen Expressions and South Puget Sound Community College Artists & Lecture Series

Redemption

Redemption

Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Admission: General $10; Student/Senior $8
Tickets:Available at Rainy Day Records, online at BuyOlympia.com, The Evergreen Bookstore and the Communciaitons Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm
Information:(360) 867-6833

A Butoh dance recital combining current students and alumnae.

SOS: Performances

Poster

Wed., Thurs., Fri., & Saturday, March 7-10, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Admission: Free
Information:(360) 867-6833

Music, dance, drama, and animation. A concoction of the above disciplines thrown together and re-organized in a raging torrent of creativity, cascading into a waterfall of artistic possibilities.

Lunar Spring Festival

Tai Ji Workshop
Seattle Chinese Orchestra
Community Forum


The Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College to Co-Sponsor Seattle Chinese Orchestra as Part of Annual Spring Festival

The Seattle Chinese Orchestra, led by acclaimed conductor Warren Chang with award winning musician Buyun Zhao, will highlight a three-day Spring Festival of events co-sponsored by The Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College on March 9 to 11.

The concert, to be held at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College on Saturday, March 10 at 2 pm, will feature a Lion Dance and calligraphy with Chungliang Al Huang. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for seniors. Students with ID are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at Rainy Day Records, online at BuyOlympia.com, at the Evergreen Bookstore or by calling (360) 867-6833 for credit card phone orders.

The Spring Festival, one of the most important festivals in Asia, will begin on March 9 when internationally acclaimed master Chungliang Al Huang will lead a Tai Ji movement workshop at 10 am. in Library 4300 at Evergreen. Tickets for the Friday all-day workshop are $40 ($30 students and seniors) and are available at the same outlets. Tai Ji is a dynamic moving meditation that enhances health, wellness, and cultural connection. Chungliang is one of the most talented transformational movement-meditation teachers working today. He is the author of "Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain"and other books. Beginners and advanced students are welcome to participate. Virtuoso musician Stuart Dempster, Faculty Emeritus from UW, will provide musical accompaniment at the workshop.

A free Community Forum will conclude the Festival on Sunday, March 11 at 2 pm in the Evergreen Longhouse. The Forum will bring together world renown scholars and masters in conversation about Identity, Gender and Self Cultivation in Daosit, Buddhist, Confucian, and Islamic traditions. The panelists will include East West Center directors of University of Hawaii Dr. Roger Ames and Peter Herschock, Master Chungliang Al Huang, and Professor of University of Arkansas Dr Mohja Kahf.

Contact Hirsh Diamant (360) 867-6736 or Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833 for more information.

Taiji

Event: Tai Ji Workshop
Date: Friday, March 9, 2007
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Library 4300 - The Evergreen State College
Admission: Gen. Adm. $40; Seniors/Students $30
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking : $1.25
Information: Contact Hirsh Diamant (360) 867-6736 or Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833 for details.

Chinese Orchestra

Event: Seattle Chinese Orchestra
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2007
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts - South Puget Sound Community College
Admission: Gen. Adm. $20; Seniors $10; Students - Free
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Information: Contact Hirsh Diamant (360) 867-6736 or Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833 for details.

Comm Forum

Event: Community Forum
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2007
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Evergreen Longhouse - The Evergreen State College
Admission: Free
Information: Contact Hirsh Diamant (360) 867-6736 or Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833 for details.

Seattle's Total Experience Gospel Choir to Perform at Evergreen State College

Gospel Choir

Saturday, March 3, 2007, 7:30 pm
The Evergreen State College Recital Hall

Admission: Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, online at BuyOlympia.com, at the Evergreen College Bookstore or the Communication Box Office. Credit card phone orders can be placed by calling the college's Box Office at (360) 867-6833. I
nformation:
(360) 867-6651 Organized in 1973 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Seattle, this nationally and internationally famed choir has grown to 108 members ages 6 to 65. Their travels have taken them to 38 states, 4 continents and 22 countries. Their recognition has garnered them 150 awards and the opportunity to work with other music luminaries such as Qunicy Jones, Ray Charles, the Hawkins Family, the Morman Tabernacle Choir, Michael Bolton, the Judds and Peter Seeger to name a few. The have also been a featured group for seven seasons of Langston Hughes's play Black Nativity at Seattle's Intiman Theater.

Founder and Director, Pastor Patrinell  "Pat" Wright brings a substantial musical resume to the Choir not just as conductor but as a singer as well. She released her first solo CD I'm so Glad! A Spiritual Reunion of Drums & Voice in 2005. She has also been honored with the Washington State Governor's Ethnic Heritage Award for helping preserve Black Gospel music in the State of Washington and the first Living Legend Award from the Seattle Center.

Irish Music Masters to Meet at Evergreen for Expressions Concert

Masters of Irish Music

Friday, March 2, 2007, 8:00 pm
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Admission: Gen. Adm. $20; Seniors $ 10; Students/w ID - Free
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Information:(360) 867-6651

American-born fiddler Randal Bays has been playing Irish fiddle for nearly 30 years. His recordings and concerts have earned him recognition on both sides of the Atlantic. His recent album "House to House" was picked by the Irish Times as one of the Top Five Traditional Recordings of 2005.

Catherine McEvoy is one of the leading flute players in Irish music today. From 1984-1988 Catherine was a member of & "Macalla," the first all female traditional group. Catherine has released two excellent recordings of traditional flute music, her self-titled "Catherine McEvoy" (1998) and her latest CD with her brother, fiddler John McEvoy, "The Kilmore Fancy" (2004).

Stated Don Meade of the Irish Voice, "Patrick Ourceau, a Frenchman now living in New York City, is among the most accomplished members of traditional Irish music's Foreign Legion. A fiddler of rare talent and sophistication, his music has all the hallmarks of great Irish fiddling - beautiful tone, pulsing rhythmic lift, deft bow work and crisply executed ornamentation.

Born in Drimnagh, Dublin in 1948, James Keane took up the button accordion at age six, drawing his primary inspiration from his mother, father and uncles (musicians all) and the rich cultural legacy of their home counties of Longford and Clare. While still in his early teens, James co-founded the Castle Ceili Band and won the All-Ireland ceili band competition in 1965. He went on to earn four All-Ireland titles as a soloist on the accordion He plays in the group Fingal, with Randal Bays and Daithi Sproule

A fourth-generation Clare concertina player, Gearóid ƠhAllmhuráin spent many years under the tutelage of Paddy Murphy, Clare's master concertina player. In 1996, Gearoid released the critically acclaimed "Traditional Music from Clare and Beyond", firmly establishing himself as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music. Gearoid is Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St Louis.

During his years in Portland, Oregon, Dublin native Aidan Brennan became one of the most sought-after Irish guitarists in the United States, performing with players like Paddy O'Brien, Brian Dunning, Randal Bays, and Martin Hayes.

Genesis: The Mary Shelley Story

Mary Shelley Poster

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 23 & 24, 2007, 7:00 pm
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Presented by: SOS Performance, Theater & Dance
Admission: Free
Information: (360) 867-6833

How did it happen that a young woman, nineteen year old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, came to write the classic horror story FRANKENSTEIN? In Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play, Mary and the two men who became literature's most Romantic Poets - Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord George Byron, find themselves seduced by each other, alchemy and their imaginations. Join us for a night of gothic romance and mystery; thunder and lightning; and discover not only the "genesis" of Frankenstein, but of the Vampire as well!

Fine Times at Our House

Fine Times poster

Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, 8:00 pm
Recital Hall, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: Evergreen Expresssions
Admission: $10 General, $5 Seniors & Students Tickets: Rainy Day Records, the Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Bldg. Box Office 12-3:00 pm, Mon-Fri
Information: (360) 867-6833

Old-time music, storytelling and artwork. Featuring Joe McHugh.

The Evergreen Singers Present "Shepherds, Wanderers and Hillbillies"

shepard, wanders, and hillbillies poster

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, 4pm
One performance Only
The Evergreen State College Recital Hall

Admission: Free

The Evergreen Singers, Evergreen's community choir, present songs you haven't heard a million times as their Holiday presentation. There will be a reception following the concert.

SOS Music and Theater presents "The Myopia: An Epic Burlesque of Tragic Proportion & Maldetto"

 the myopia posterFriday, Dec. 8, 2006, 7pm
One performance Only
The Evergreen State College COM 117

Admission: Free
Campus Parking: $1.25
Information: (360) 867-6833

SOS Music and Theater presents a staged reading of "Bloody Poetry" Bloody Poetry Poster

Wednesday, Nov. 29th, 2006, 7 pm
One performance Only
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Free

Contains some explicit or objectionable language.

SOS Music and Theater presents a staged reading of Bloody Poetry, a play by Howard Brenton. It tells the story of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairemont, Lord Byron and his companion Dr. Polidori in exile in Switzerland and Italy: upper-class revolutionaries on the run, living out their utopian ideas of free love and communal creativity away from the trappings of conventional society.


SOS Music and Theater presents works in progress "Songs, Dances, and other Oddities"

SOS Music and Theater PosterNov. 28, 30 and Dec. 1, 7 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Free

Contains some explicit or objectionable language.

SOS Music and Theater presents works in progress.

SOS Music and theater present "The Dawn of Breakfeast" SOS Music and Theater

Dec. 1, 8 pm
The Evergreen State College Recital Hall

Admission: Free.

Contains some explicit or objectionable language.

SOS Music and Theater presents a sketch comedy showcase.

Seattle Shakespeare Company - The Winters Tale

Winters Tale Poster

Special Student Preview - Wednesday, Oct 18 - 2 pm

Admission: $10 (Student ID Required) available at The Evergreen Bookstore or the Communication Building

Oct 19, 20, 21 - 7:30 p.m.
Oct 21 - 2:00 p.m.
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: $25 General admission, $15 Students
Tickets: BuyOlympia.com, Rainy Day Records and The Evergreen Bookstore, Box Office now open 12-3 Mon-Fri. & accepting Mastercard/Visa, checks and exact change. Parking: $1.25
Information: (360) 867-6833

Audio Jumpstart

Famed "Voice of Hollywood," Marni Nixon, to Offer Master Class to Evergreen Students

Marni

Master Class Oct 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SPCC

Registration: The registration fee for participants is $40 and for observers is $10. The deadline is Oct. 5 Students may register as a participant or as an observer by contacting John Robbins, Performing & Media Arts Manger, for a application form or a member of the Performing Arts faculty. Information: (360) 867-6651

Concert Friday Oct. 27 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Theater of the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts at SPSCC with a book and CD signing to follow afterward.

Tickets: Tickets for this performance are $20 general admission and $15 for seniors. Tickets are available at SPSCC's box office website, http://www.spscc.ctc.edu/CFA/events.html

The Evergreen State College, St. Martin's University and South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) are proud to announce that Marni Nixon, the voice of Natalie Woods in West Side Story , Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and countless other film stars will conduct a Master Class on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 am to 4 pm at SPSCC. Evergreen Students may register as a participant or as an observer by contacting John Robbins, Performing Media Arts Manger, for a application form or a member of the Performing Arts faculty. The registration fee for participants is $40 and for observers is $10. The deadline is Oct. 5

Ms. Nixon will also perform a concert on Friday, Oct 27, at 7:30 pm in the Main Theater of the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts at SPSCC with a book and CD signing to follow afterward. Tickets for this performance are $20 general admission and $15 for seniors. Tickets are available at SPSCC&'s box office.

A limited number of free tickets are available for Evergreen students. Please contact John Robbins at (360) 867-6651 or robbinsj@evergreen.edu to place you name on this list.

Dr. Ratna Roy to Dance at Evergreen State College Fundraiser

Orissi Batik

August 18, 2006, Friday at 8:00 pm
Recital Hall

Admission: $10 general admission, $5 students with valid I.D, staff, and seniors.
Tickets: BuyOlympia.com, Rainy Day Records and The Evergreen Bookstore, or at the box office one hour before show.
Parking: $1.25
Information: Ratna Roy at (360) 867-6469 or e-mail or ratna-david@olywa.net.
More Information: February 2006 in Orissa, India, Academic Web Page

Dr. Ratna Roy, a member of the dance faculty at Evergreen, will take the stage in a rare performance of Orissi dance as a fundraiser to provide scholarships for deserving students to travel to India next year.

Hole in the Sky

Hole in the Sky

September 7-9, 11, 13-16, 8:00 pm
September 10 & 17, 2:00 pm Main Stage, Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, SPSCC

Admission: $10 general admission, $5 students with valid I.D, staff, and seniors.
Tickets: www.spscc.ctc.edu/CFA/, or (360) 596-5501. Tickets also available at the door up to two hours prior to show.
Information: (360) 596-5501

Playwright Reed McColm presents the audience with a window into The World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, where separate lives are woven together into one dramatic web of reality. This Emmy award- winning writer provides an overwhelming glimpse into the irrational specter of 9/11, offering a sweeping theatrical experience as well as a mode of emotional catharsis.

The play is a community endeavor between students and staff of South Puget Sound Community College and The Evergreen State College (as actors and technical support), and local musician Derek Johnson (for the soundtrack).

All proceeds from the fifth anniversary performance on September 11 will go to local Thurston County Fire Departments (donations in lieu of ticket sales at the door).

Glenn Yarbrough

Glenny Arbrough

September 12, 2006, Tuesday
3:00 pm matinee and 7:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Recital Hall

Admission: Matinee - $30, 7:00 pm - $35
Tickets: BuyOlympia.com and The Evergreen Bookstore
Parking: $1.25
Information: (360) 876-6833

Folk artist Glenn Yarbrough visits The Evergreen State College Recital Hall for 2 shows. Accompanying Glenn is probably one of the best bands to play with him - a combination of some former band members and NW artists like jazz musician Douglas Barnett and guitarist Michael Powers. You won't want to miss the amazing Rob Pearsall and Gary Ballard on guitar, banjo, piano, drums and dobro. It promises to be a lively performance - unforgettable and befitting a true legend in folk music.

Glenn's website: www.glennyarbrough.com

Rudrakshya Dance Troup from India | Odissi Dance Recital

Odissi Dance


Friday, July 14 , 2006, 8:00 pm
Evergreeen, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: Evergreen Performing & Media Arts Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Seniors, $5 Students
Tickets: Evergreen Bookstore, Rainy Day Records (downtown), BuyOlympia.com
Parking: $1.25
Information: Call (360) 867-6651

The 15-member Rudrakshya Dance Troupe from India now on tour in the United States will perform a Odissi Dance Recital.

Media Works Installations - 3 days of Multi-Channel Presentations

Installations

June 9, 2006 - The Private World
Noon - 9 p.m.
Com 209

June 14, 2006 - Coastal Memory
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Com 408

June 14-15, 2006 - Fleeting
1st Floor Com

Presented by:
Mediaworks
Parking: $1.25
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

The Private World is an interactive multimedia and scenic installation by Jeremy Stutes.

The work blends live elements with prerecorded video, and explores the subject of pederasty via reenactment.

The presentation highlights the role that privacy plays in these complex encounters, and the forces that inhibit many people from comprehending the full range and scope of pederasty.

Mediaworks in the Evergreen Academic Catalog

SOS Music Presents: An Eclectic Aural Evening

sos music event

June 10, 2006, Sat, 8:00 pm
Recital Hall, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: Evergreen Performing & Media Arts Admission: Free - Donations accepted for SAFEPLACE
Parking: $1.25
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

Music and performances with acoustic and electronic instruments.

SOS Music in the Evergreen Academic Catalog

Mediaworks - Final Screenng

Poster Final

June 14 & June 15, 2006, Wed - Thu, 7:00 pm
Recital Hall, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: Evergreen Performing & Media Arts
Admission: Free - Parking $ 1.25

Presentations of student works: Mediaworks in the Evergreen Academic Catalog

Machinal

Machinal

May 25-27 & June 1-3 8:00 PM
Experimental Theater, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: Evergreen Performing & Media Arts
Admission: Free
Parking: $1.25
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

An expressionist tragedy and dark comedy of a woman's isolation from society turned into murder.

Yellow - a Butoh Performance

butoh performance poster


June 3, Sat, 8:30 PM
Seminar II Building, (Outdoors - rain or shine)

Presented by: Evergreen Performing & Media Arts Admission: Free
Parking: Free
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

Performance of Butoh

My Own True Love

My Own True Love Poster


June 4, 2006, Sun, 2:00 pm
Experimental Theater, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: Evergreen Performing & Media Arts
Admission: Free
Parking: Free
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

Student Originated Studies (SOS)
Concert of music by Kurt Weill, performed by Elizabeth Ripley.

Circus of Phobias - Straight from the Ass

MachinalMay 30-31, Tue Wed, 7:30 PM
COM 209, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: Evergreen Performing & Media Arts Admission: Free
Parking: $1.25
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

A performance of Experimental Puppetry and Buffoonery.

The Three Penny Opera | The Nonsense Company

Three PennyFriday & Saturday, Apr 29 & Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 8:00 PM
Experimental Theater, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: The Evergreen State College and Evergreen Expressions Admission: $10 general, $5 seniors, free for current students
Tickets: Rainy Day Records (downtown), The Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com and the Evergreen Box Office (One hour prior to show).
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

The Evergreen State College and Evergreen Expressions are pleased to present The Nonsense Company performing a new translation of the Brecht and Weill revolutionary musical theater piece The Three Penny Opera.

The Nonsense Company performs contemporary music and theater by emerging and established composers, focusing on new work dealing with text, scored movement, politics, and history.

Nonsense Company on the Web

The Flowering of Orissi in the Pacific Northwest

Orissi Poster

Friday & Saturday, Apr 21 & 22, 2006 8:00 PM
Experimental Theater, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble & Evergreen Performing and Media Arts
Admission
: $10 general, $5 student/senior
Tickets: Evergreen Box Office (One hour prior to show)
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

"The Flowering of Orissi," sponsored by The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble and featuring the Urvasi Dance Company, with 25 dancers and four musicians and led by Evergreen professor Dr. Ratna Roy.

An Evening with Nina Shorina | Russian Animator, Director, Actress

Nina Shorina Poster

Monday, April 17, 2006, 7:00 PM
Recital Hall, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: Evergreen Expressions, Visiting Artists
Admission: Free
Tickets: Evergreen Box Office (One hour prior to show)
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

Russian Animator, Director and Actress Nina Shorina will present four of her short films, Door, Dream, Poodle and Alter Ego, with a discussion following each. In addition a reception will be held during the intermission.

Born in Moscow, Shorina was a popular child actress who studied first acting and then film making at the State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). She began working at Soyuzmultfilm in 1976 and directed several children's films including "Poodle." Just prior to perestroika Soyuzmultfilm's administration approved "Door," a script ostensibly about a boy repairing a door, believing it would also be a film for children. However, the film Shorina delivered in 1986 was for a grown up audience, the first of a trilogy that would explore the Soviet person's reaction to the dramatic political changes sweeping in the Soviet Union. The film won several awards, including the Grand Prize at the Oberhausen (Germany) Festival of Documentary and Short Films.

The film Dream (1988), a critique of nostalgia infused with views of the Soviet Union, was an Official Selection of the Sorrento (Italy) Film Festival. Alter Ego (1989), a study of the relationship of art to everyday life via self portraiture, won first prize at the Ryazan (USSR) Animated Film Club of USSR and was based on a short story written by Shorina.

Jane Pilling of the British Film Institute described Nina Shorina as "one of the only woman animators in the former Soviet Union to have created a substantial body of work that ranks her along the established (male) names in Soviet animation."

An Evening with Tony Buba, Filmmaker

Tony Buba

Thursday, March 2, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
Recital Hall, Communications Bldg.

Presented By: Evergreen Expressions, Visiting Artists
Admission: Free
Tickets: Evergreen Box Office (One hour prior to show)
Information: Call (360) 876-6833

Tony will talk about his work and career and will screen two films: Voices from a Steeltown (1983) a documentary short about the decline of a once thriving steel town, Braddock Pa., and No Pets (1994), a story about work and love and animals, the end of an age, mythical or real, when a job was a job, love was true, and everybody had a dog.

Truth: Moments of Peace

When: April 15, 16 and 17, 2004, 8 p.m.
Where: Experimental Theater, Communications Building
Presented By: Evergreen Performing and Media Arts, Dance, Creativity and Culture
Cost of Admission: $10 general, $5 student/senior

Creative interpretations stemming from the teachings of faculty Dr. Ratna Roy and Dr. Mukti Khanna will be represented in this performance which transcends time and cultural borders. Oppression and non-violence themes are portrayed through dance, poetry, masks, media and puppetry. Dances dramas inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., womens movements, domestic violence, child labor, eco-feminism, come alive through Orissi movements and fusion dance.