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Apr 20, 2012

Choreolab 2012

Choreolab, the Dance Program's annual spring showcase, will be presented in Reynolds Industries Theater at 8pm on Saturday, April 21 and 3pm on Sunday, April 22. After the show on Saturday there will be a Salsa Dance Party with live music by West End Mambo!

The show will feature a dance created for Ava LaVonne Vinesett's African Repertory class by Emmy-nominated choreographer Jeffrey Page during a a week-long residency early in the semester. Andrea E. Woods' new work "Quimbara" is a collaboration with percussionist/choreographer Vladimir Espinosa. It will be performed with live salsa music by West End Mambo, directed by César Oviedo.

There are also new works by Dance Program faculty members Julie Walters (Contemporary Ballet), Andrea Woods (Modern Dance), and Nina Wheeler (Jazz Dance). There are two student works, as well — a solo piece by graduating senior Monica Hogan, and in the lobby, a site-specific work by Alison Kibbe.

On Saturday, after the opening night of Choreolab, the audience is invited to join the dancers and the nine piece band for salsa dancing on stage directly after the show! Bring your dancing shoes and be ready to sweat! The after party is FREE to all ticket holders. See the Dance Program web site for ticket information, or go to tickets.duke.edu.

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Apr 18, 2012

MFA Student "Preoccupations"

Preoccupations, a public exhibition of works by members of the inaugural class of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA) will be on view starting Thursday, April 19th, in the Corridor Gallery of the East Duke building on Duke’s East Campus.

Preoccupations
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19th, 5-7pm
East Duke building, Duke East Campus, 1304 Campus Drive

A preoccupation; an absorption, engrossment, something that holds the attention.

Seven of the first MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts students examine their preoccupations and the preoccupations of those around them. Read more.

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Apr 17, 2012

The Dissertation as Dance Party

Last Saturday, Alex Kotch, a graduate student in Composition in Duke's Department of Music, "brought the concert hall into the club." Specifically, into the Duke Coffeehouse. It was his dissertation composition, played by the Wet Ink Ensemble, augmented by local musicians and Duke Wind Ensemble conductor Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. Kotch was the laptop DJ.

Apr 6, 2012

Alleys of Your Mind Dance Party

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"Alleys of Your Mind" rehearsal with Wet Ink Ensemble
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Tonight at the Duke Coffeehouse Duke graduate student Alex Kotch will premiere “Dissertation Dance Piece,” his dissertation work for a Ph.D. in composition from the Duke Music Department.  Kotch and members of the New York based Wet Ink Ensemble, 2011-12 visiting artist at Duke, along with local musicians rehearsed this week in preparation for tonight’s performance.

Read more in The Herald-Sun.  Go to Duke Music Department for more information.

Apr 3, 2012

Ragtime Opens Thursday Apr. 5

Duke University Departments of Theater, Music, and Dance in collaboration with Hoof 'n' Horn & Duke Chamber Players proudly present the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime.

Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime offers a unique combination of modern musical theater with classic American music. Ragtime follows three groups in collision at the dawn of 20th Century America. The lives of a family of upper-class WASPs in suburban New York, an African-American couple in Harlem, and a small immigrant family in the Lower East Side all intersect as they all search for success in America. Exhilarating and exciting, Ragtime offers a story for the whole family. Join us in celebrating this unprecedented partnership as Duke students and faculty pay homage to a fusion of marches, cakewalks, gospel and of course, ragtime. Live orchestral music presented by the Duke Chamber Players.


Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Reynolds Theater, Duke University Bryan Center
Thursday & Friday, April 5-6 & 12-13 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 7 & 14 @ 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, April 15 @ 2pm

$10 General Admission • $8 Groups of 10+ • $5 All students & seniors
Tickets and more information at ragtimeduke.com

Ragtime received support from Theater Studies Department, Music Department, Dance Program, Duke Chamber Players, Hoof 'n' Horn, and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

Ragtime contains some language and themes that may be unsuitable for young children.

Apr 2, 2012

The Duke Symphony Orchestra in Beaufort, SC.

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Duke Symphony Orchestra, Beaufort, SC, March 31, 2012
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The Duke Symphony Orchestra had one of its finest performances this weekend (March 31, 2012) during their annual benefit concert for the Duke-affiliated Keyserling Cancer Center in Beaufort, SC.  Professor Harry Davison, director of the Orchestra thanked the students for making it a successful performance:

Dear DSO,

My sincere congratulations on an excellent trip and concert in Beaufort this past weekend. It was truly one of our most successful, well played, and well received performances in the nine years we have been doing this rewarding activity.  Thank you all for your part in making it so. The community so appreciates our efforts and their comments were particularly effusive this year. Bravi tutti!!!

Warmest regards to you all,

Professor Davidson

Learn more about the Duke Symphony Orchestra (DSO) on their website. 

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