Performing and Media Arts

2009 Past Events

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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

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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

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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

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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/