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2013 Spring Music, Dance, Ritual, and Belief: Transforming Societies


April 3, 2013

Cándida F. Jáquez

Danzante or indigenous dance/music groups and peregrinos (religious pilgrims) pay La Virgen de Guadalupe homage throughout multiple days of continuous music, dance and prayer at the Mexico City Basilica plaza—many taking extended residence in make-shift tents and sleeping areas. The December 12 feast day celebration hosts what is arguably one of the largest and most […]

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March 26, 2013

Performance: “Lifespan of a Singing Society or Talk About Holding a Note”

The Six Nations Women Singing Society, one of the most influential female Native American contemporary singing groups, was formed at the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations in Ontario, Canada. Working and singing together for more than 50 years, the singers are members of the Seneca, Onondaga and Cayuga nations. The singing society […]

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March 5, 2013

Making “Cordelia”, a Modern Noh Play Innovating Shakespear’s “King Lear”

How does one make a modern Noh play? How is one built? Or rehearsed? How do the performers mind’s work? How does the text work? What are the risks of actively designing and shaping cultural convergences? What is lost and gained in dynamic acts of translation? In 1911, Natsume Soseki, theatre critic for the Asahi […]

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March 1, 2013

Art Exhibit: “Elegant Motion: Japanese Prints of the Noh Theater”

The Scripps College Collections has more than 400 prints and images related to the Japanese noh theater. This exhibition surveys the works of several generations of artists in a single lineage: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, his step-son Kogyo, Kogyo’s daughter Gyokusei, Kogyo’s disciple Matsuno Sofu and Sofu’s son Hideyo. Works by their competitors will also be included, […]

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February 26, 2013

Film: “Music for a Goddess”

This narrated film explores the sacred music, dance, and rituals of devidasis and devidasas, women and men dedicated to the goddess Renuka/Yellamma. Worshipped by millions of devotees in the border regions of southern Maharashtra, northern Karnataka, and adjacent areas of India, this fertility goddess is best known through media representations and social activism protesting practices […]

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February 19, 2013

Sonia Marie De León de Vega

Santa Cecilia Orchestra is the only symphony orchestra in the nation with a specific mission to take classical music to Latino communities. Founder and conductor Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega speaks of the founding of Santa Cecilia Orchestra and how it has touched Latino communities and numerous lives through its programs and music. The […]

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February 12, 2013

Martha Gonzalez

This talk will consist of a multimedia presentation on Chicano artivistas (artist/activists) in Eastside Los Angeles neighborhoods and how they have utilized art and creative expression to de-construct power, challenge multiple patriarchal systems, and build community. From renewed hope imaginaries erupt as Chicano artivistas channel the power and practice of music, art, and theatre, as […]

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February 6, 2013

Rosario Sammartino

This workshop, which ends at 5:30pm, gives a theoretical and experiential introduction to the Life/Art Process®, a unique movement-based approach to expressive arts developed at Tamalpa Institute. This integrative method explores and enlivens dialogues between body and imagination, life experiences, and art making. Participants should expect to engage in movement/dance, drawing, and creative dialogue. Rosario […]

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January 29, 2013

Alejandro Planchart

The view of the medieval composer that has evolved over the last two decades is that these men (for virtually all of them are men) were not “composers” in the way that term is understood today, but rather “singers” who occasionally produced “written music,” and that further, they were “clergymen” first, “men of letters” second […]

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January 23, 2013

Edgar Heap of Birds

This Power Point and DVD talk will present historical art and culture from Native American communities and public art messages deployed throughout the world including a new genocide banner project in London, memorial art interventions for the 2007 Venice Biennale, a collaborative renewal Aboriginal project from Australia, “Wheel” the 50-foot permanent red Medicine Wheel porcelain […]

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