Performing and Media Arts

2008 Past Events

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“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

“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.”

“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.

Evergreen Expression Presents Ghanaian Pianist William Chapman Nyaho

William Chapman

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

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 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."

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.