Classical South Indian Solo Dance from the Thanjavur Court


Classical South Indian Solo Dance from the Thanjavur Court, by Kay Poursine

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7pm, Washington Hall

Sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Asian Indian Classical Music Society of Michiana

Kay Poursine will perform classical South Indian dance in the Balasaraswati and Veena Dhanammal family style (bani). Jack Anderson at The New York Times said, “Kay Poursine’s dancing is a reminder that in art, talent can leap national boundaries…poignant…she upheld the dignity of a great art.”

This elegant tradition is comparable to a journey deep into the fabric of Hindu culture, past and present through the refined lens of this celebrated art. “The aesthetics of this style recaptures the original meaning of the word ‘sangita’ (music), referring to a performance genre in which the music and the dance were inseparable aspects of the rasa (taste, emotion) experience.”

This event is FREE for the Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s College community. Admission for the public is $10.


Courtesy of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

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AFTLS turns 40!

Now celebrating its 40th year, Actors From The London Stage is one of the oldest established touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world. Housed and work shopped in England with academic tours booked through the auspices of Shakespeare at Notre Dame housed in the Marie P. DeBartolo Center For The Performing Arts at the University of Notre Dame, this program is truly unique. Offering a tour in the spring and another in the fall, we visit approximately sixteen to twenty universities in a year, giving students and faculty around the country a chance to experience our dynamic and enriching performing arts program.


Courtesy of NDdotEDU

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[Scene] | As You (Will) Like It



Design: Emily Hoffman // Photo Credit: Barbara Johnston

 | Thursday, February 6, 2014

As an English major, I really should be have been able to tell you which of Shakespeare’s plays contains the famous “all the world’s a stage” quote before Wednesday evening’s production of “As You Like It” in Washington Hall. But, it surprised me to hear that line in the second act, and for me it touches on the greatest aspect of an already fantastic performance.

Here’s the context: The melancholy Jaques de Boys is comparing life to theater, and explaining how he thinks each person progresses through several predictable stages before inevitably meeting death. He declaims, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.” Very melodramatic, very profound, naturally.

Now, here’s the best part: The players in the Actors From The London Stage company take that very quote to heart in their varied performance styles. Each of the five actors plays at least four roles, with no set and no director. Since they don’t need specific scenery, the whole world really is open for their stage, and they have a very literal interpretation of “one man in his time plays many parts.”

Take, for example, Dan Winter, whose characters include Orlando, Charles, Corin, William and Jaques. In one scene, Orlando and Charles wrestle each other in court — it’s hilarious to watch Winter punch and grapple with an imaginary opponent, before turning around and rewinding to feign the opponent’s reaction to the blows. When Orlando wins, Winter alternately lifts his fist in victory and then immediately lies on the floor to represent Charles’ loss.

It’s absurd, and hilarious. The brilliance of each actor shines through in the way they can play so many roles without losing the audience’s understanding. They switch effortlessly between characters and accents and props, with just the donning of a hat or the removal of a coat — and in doing so, we appreciate the nuances of each character all the more.

Jennifer Higham (who plays Rosalind, Amiens, Audrey and Lord) is without a doubt one of the most talented stage actresses I’ve ever seen. In what is perhaps the most outlandish switch of them all, Jennifer depicts Rosalind dressing up as a boy to escape from court, counseling her lover on how best to win her over — completely unbeknownst to him.

The whole performance is filled with moments like these, comical in the traditional setting but absolutely hilarious and brilliant in this unique performance. The actors not only do justice to Shakespeare’s original words, they draw them out and maximize their power by making them the show’s major driving force. With no set to speak of — besides a group of chairs on stage in which they sit when not in character and a coat rack holding the various character’s identifying props — the actors seem to be spectators right along with us, involved in the game of theater. The atmosphere in the auditorium is especially dynamic because the actors implicitly ask us to buy into their charade of character and allow us to participate in the show’s success.

The last performance is tonight [Friday] at 7:30 p.m., in Washington Hall. Tickets cost $22 for the general public, and $12 for students. Whether you know the play or not, or even if you know Shakespeare at all or not, you won’t be disappointed by the show. This is theater like you’ve never seen it, and one of the most engaging, interactive and incredible performances I’ve ever seen.

Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski

Originally published by The Observer - Friday, February 7, 2014

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ND Bands will perform in RICCI HALL for JPW


Notre Dame Band to Present Concert and Jazz Bands in Concert February 14-15

The Notre Dame Band is proud to present its annual Junior Parents Weekend concerts.  The Concert Bands, Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band, will perform at 6 pm in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall on Friday, February 14.  Highlights of the concert will include selections by Sousa, Arnold, and Kalinnikov, and Assistant Band Director Justin McManus performing the 1st movement of Mozart’s Concerto in Bb Major for Bassoon.
Jazz Bands I and II will perform in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall on Saturday, February 15 at 2 pm.  Their program will also feature several selections from the Notre Dame New Orleans Brass Band.
The February 14 and 15 concerts are free events.

***Free parking is available in the B2 Library lot near the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall.

Courtesy of ND Band (dot) com

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Arts@ND This Week

This Week:

Film Screening and Discussion with Director Curtis Chin: “Vincent Who?”
A film about a murder that awakened a people and ignited the Asian American Civil Rights Movement.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services.
Monday, Feb. 3; 7 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium, LaFortune Student Center

La Alianza’s Latin Expressions Tryouts
Interested in being a part of or helping behind the scenes of La Alianza’s Latin Expressions on Friday, March 28?  The theme will be “Through the Ages” so pick a time period and perform something quintessential to that era! For more information,
–Opening Act Tryouts: Tuesday, Feb. 4; 6 to 7 p.m.; and 8 to 9 p.m. in LaFortune Ballroom
–General Tryouts: Tuesday, Feb. 4; 6 to 7 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 6; 6 to 9 p.m.

Reading by James Redwood, the inaugural winner of the Notre Dame Review Book Prize.
Redwood’s prize-winning collection, “Love Beneath The Napalm,” traces the enduring effects of colonialism and war in Vietnam, where he spent years devoted to assisting children displaced by war.
Wednesday, Feb. 5; 7:30 p.m. in the Eck Center Auditorium

Theatre: “Actors From The London Stage” present As You Like It by William Shakespeare 
One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “As You Like It” features the famous battle of wits between Rosalind and Orlando, and Jaques’ immortal “All the world’s a stage” speech detailing the seven ages of man. Tickets: $22 – $12.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Feb. 5-7; 7:30 p.m. at Washington Hall

Film: “The 39 Steps” (1935) 
Not Rated, 86 minutes.  $7 – $4.  A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay  as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued—as well as into an unexpected romance with the cool Pamela.
Wednesday, Feb. 5; 8 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

ScreenPeace Film Festival – presented in partnership between the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Presenting five critically acclaimed films – including two nominees for the Academy Award (The Square and The Act of Killing). All screenings will take place in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. All films are free, but ticketed. For more information, click on this link.
• “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” – Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. 
Introduction and discussion led by Rashied Omar, Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
• “Wadjda” – Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Introduction and discussion led by Susan St. Ville, Director of the Kroc Institute’s Master’s Program.
• “NO” – Friday, Feb. 7 at 9:30 p.m.
Introduction and discussion led by Steve Reifenberg, Executive Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
• “The Square” – Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Introduction and discussion led by David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute.
• “The Act of Killing” – Saturday, Feb. 8 at 9:30 p.m.
Introduction and discussion led by Tanisha Fazal, Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies.

Performance: “Heavenly Length: Piano Works of Bach and Schubert”
Pianist Daniel Schlosberg, Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Music, presents two expansive masterpieces: Bach’s Overture in the French Style (Partita in B Minor), BWV 831 and Schubert’s sublime Sonata in B-Flat, D. 960.  For tickets, call 631-2800 or click here. $3.
Thursday, Feb. 6; 7 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

L.A. Theatre Works presents “The Graduate” 
Benjamin Braddock is adrift after college, back home with mom and dad but without a plan. Then along comes Mrs. Robinson. Mature or adult content. $30 – $15.
Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13 and 14; 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15; 7:30 p.m. in the Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Movie: “The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire”
Sponsored by SUB. $3.
Thursday, Feb. 6; 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8; 8 and 10:30 p.m. in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall

Thursday, Feb. 6; 10 p.m. in the basement of LaFortune Student Center

Opera (The Met: Live in HD):  “Rusalka”
Renée Fleming sings her first Live in HD performance of one of her signature roles, the lovelorn mermaid Rusalka, in Dvořák’s sumptuously melodic opera. Running Time:  4 hours.  $23 -  $16.
Saturday, Feb. 8; 1 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Student Piano Recital: Frank Kuhny
Saturday, Feb. 8; 3 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art

Public Reception in Celebration of Winter 2014 Special Exhibitions
Join us for complimentary light refreshments and learn more about the four special exhibitions on view in the Snite Museum of Art through March 16.
-Gallery talk about Durer and The Artist’s View: Landscape Drawings exhibitions by Curator of European Art Cheryl Snay (3 to 3:30 p.m.)
-Gallery talk about American Ruins: Challenging Ideas of Progress exhibition by Student Curators Aubrey Butts, Maria Do, and Bethany Tabor (3:45 p.m.)
-(NEW!) Printmaking Activity: Make Your Mark!  Try your hand at making your own print masterpiece.
Sunday, Feb. 9; 2 to 4 p.m. in the Entrance Atrium and Galleries, Snite Museum of Art

Exhibition Opening: “American Ruins: Challenging Ideas of Progress”
This exhibition of 20 photographs considers American ruins in relation to the nation’s industrial history, domestic spaces, the American West, and the personal fascination of one artist – Camilo José Vergara – with ruined landscapes.
Sunday, Feb. 9 through April 6 in the Scholz Family Works on Paper Gallery, Snite Museum of Art

Film:  “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)
(History on Film) Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: With James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains. Not Rated, 129 minutes. $7 – $4.
Sunday, Feb. 9; 3 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Courtesy: The Week@ND

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Saturday: City Beat in SDH Oak Room

Dancing to Their Own Beat

By Maddie Daly

 Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 in The Observer

If you’ve ever been to a dance recital or a ballet performance, you are probably used to sitting in a crowded, dark theater, craning your neck to catch a glimpse of the graceful, costumed dancers on a lit-up stage. Although this can be a fun and exciting experience, it is also full of distractions that take away from the purpose of the show: to convey a story through movement.  On Saturday at 2 p.m., Notre Dame’s own TransPose [dance collective] will be performing their Winter Showcase which demonstrates pure, raw talent without all the superfluous accessories.  

Completely student-run, TransPose is a modern dance group that prides itself on nontraditional performances that are completely free of charge. According to TransPose president Lexie Below, “the company is composed of members with a wide range of dance experience from those who have been dancing since they were in diapers to those who have just recently discovered an interest in dance.”

The group strives for equality and allows for members ranging from freshmen to seniors to choreograph instead of having a completely upperclassmen-run leading force, making for a friendly atmosphere and a great learning experience for all involved.    

Every semester, TransPose puts on a show, performing choreography they have been inventing and learning for roughly three months. The majority of the show is modern or contemporary dance, but due to the diversity of the members’ dance background, aspects of ballet, jazz and hip-hop are usually incorporated. Each show also has a theme, ranging in the past from technology to color to nature. Since there are multiple choreographers, having a theme helps them keep the show coherent and uniform. This year’s theme is “CityBeat” and will be performed in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall. TransPose member Katie Fusco described what the audience can expect with the group’s unique performance location.  

“In the Oak Room, we partitioned off the size of the stage essentially, so people can sit and stand around. We used to use an entire space, for example when we performed in Stinson-Remick, we were moving around the entire building. We even put some people on the elevators to dance, but we’ve found it’s nice to stay in one place,” Fusco said. “It’s cool to have a different backdrop for dance. It’s a very intimate performance. You don’t have those bright lights or the darkness. It’s just you and the audience. It’s kind of scary, but it’s fun. It’s just a different perspective of dance.”

One of Fusco’s favorite parts about being involved in the performing arts at Notre Dame is how interactive all the groups are. She said that this show will feature Project Fresh, or Pfresh, an upbeat hip-hop dance group, who happened to feature TransPose in their spring show last semester. 

“Last spring Pfresh’s April show was a competition, and our piece, choreographed by Julia Hart to ‘Red Hands’ by Walk off the Earth, won judge’s choice, so we’re kind of riding off that high now,” Fusco said.  

This year’s show is Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall.  The audience can expect an hour-long story told through narration and dance and an up-front look at the raw emotion of modern dance. 

Anyone interested in joining TransPose [dance collective] should email for more information, and auditions for the spring show will be held in January. However, the best way to get a feel for the group would be to go to their free show tomorrow afternoon to experience dance like you never have before.  

Contact Maddie Daly at 

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ANDnow: Re-Staging Baroque Opera

Lecture and Round-Table Discussion: RE-STAGING BAROQUE OPERA

Time: Wed Nov 20, 2013, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Location: Annenberg Auditorium

Sponsored by The Provost’s Initiative on Building Intellectual Community

The conceptual, artistic, and practical challenges of staging Baroque opera involve a wide range of academic disciplines, making it one of the quintessential interdisciplinary exercises in contemporary culture. Confronting the often fragmentary evidence that remains of even some of the most renowned performances of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries means modern performers and stage directors must fill in the gaps.  Join us as we explore how to address the epistemological and pragmatic questions that are raised in this undertaking.

A round-table discussion with Notre Dame participants Mark Beudert (Music), Randy Coleman (Art History), Richard Donnelly (FTT), Peter Jeffrey (Music), David Mayernik (Architecture), Pierpaolo Polzonetti (PLS), Georgine Resick (Music), and Marsha Stevenson (Hesburgh Library).

Reception to follow.

More Information, courtesy Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame

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