2011 Past Events

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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.

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


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



  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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

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

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


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.