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Feb 21, 2013

Hoi Polloi Theater Company performs a work-in-progress


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What does the ancient Greece of Plato’s The Republic have in common with the world today?

Read the story in the Chronicle Recess and see how the two connect and attend the performance on Saturday, February 23.


Hoi Polloi Theater Company will perform a work-in-progress based on Plato's Republic on Saturday evening, February 23 in Sheafer Theater, (Bryan Center, Duke West Campus) at 8 pm. Free.


Event information

Hoi Polloi

Theater Studies

Feb 18, 2013

Duke/CDS Alum Ryan White Wins the Sundance Film Festival’s Documentary Directing Award


Plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case. Courtesy of AFER/Diana Walker.
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Article Source:  Center for Documetary Studies

Big congratulations are in order for Duke University alum Ryan White (’04) and Ben Cotner, who won the Directing Award / U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival for The Case Against 8. White and Cotner’s film follows the legal battle to defeat California’s Proposition 8, which revoked same-sex marriage rights in the state. Following the plaintiffs’ five-year journey to the Supreme Court, the film illuminates the human side of a much-publicized news story. The Hollywood Reporter calls the feature documentary “a stirring civil rights film that is both cogent and emotionally charged.”

Read the full story hereThe Case Against 8 will air on HBO this June.

Ryan made his first short films at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, graduating with a CDS Certificate in Documentary Studies; he also studied filmmaking at the university’s Program in Arts of the Moving Image. His first feature documentary, the award-winning Pelada, was made with Duke and CDS support and co-directed by fellow certificate grads Gwendolyn Oxenham and Rebekah Fergusson (Rebekah was co-producer on The Case Against 8). Ryan’s next feature doc, 2013′s Good Ol’ Freda, premiered at SXSW and screened at numerous film festivals, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, before a theatrical release in fall 2013.

Feb 13, 2013

Take A Stand: Social Entrepreneurship through the Arts


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We are excited to announce that Duke University Office of the Vice Provost and the Duke Music Department are collaborating with KidZNotes, the successful Durham-based music education program based on El Sistema, to host “Take A Stand” in the Nelson Music Room on Friday, February 15 and at the Holton Community Center on Saturday, February 16.

“Take A Stand” is the national El Sistema initiative of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Longy School of Music at Bard College that cultivates leadership and education in the El Sistema movement in the United States.  The conference will bring together representatives from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Longy School of Music to meet with Duke faculty and students, Triangle music educators and local entrepreneurs who have worked with KidZNotes over the three years of its existence.

As one of the most successful expressions of the ideals of El Sistema in the United States, KidZNotes is a perfect example of the effectiveness of social entrepreneurship through the arts.  KidZNotes has established partnerships with the Durham Public Schools, Duke University, and the East Durham Children’s Initiative to provide free music lessons, instruments, and orchestral training to over 100 elementary school students, most of whom could not afford music lessons without KidZNotes.

If you are interested in social entrepreneurship through the arts, arts advocacy, and innovation through arts education, you should attend “Take A Stand.”   Duke is committed to deepening its collaboration with KidZNotes, which means developing exciting ways to engage students in its programs. 

Register now for Take A Stand at:

Read more about Take A Stand on Duke Today.

Read more in The Chronicle Recess.


Feb 4, 2013

Engaging Eliot in Duke Chapel


Engaging Eliot: Opening night in Duke Chapel

Engaging Eliot: Paintings by Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman

Engaging Eliot: Paintings by Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman
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From Duke Today:

"Engaging Eliot" is a series of events inspired by T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, a set of poems written during World War II. Visual artists Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman were drawn to the poems for their spiritual themes and powerful imagery. They then collaborated on a series of paintings based on the poems. QU4RTETS are the centerpiece of "Engaging Eliot" and will remain on display in the Chapel until Feb. 9.

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Jan 29, 2013

Benenson Awards in the Arts

The Benenson Awards in the Arts provide funding for fees, travel and other educational expenses for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates. In the past, the Benenson Awards have supported projects such as:  the incorporation of technology and art with dance choreography; an interpretation of the Target icon into a multicolor landscape of circular shapes; a 10-15 minute film about the nation's interstate highway system completed with antiquated media; a journalism piece on French culture from the lens of a local bar during the June 2010 World Cup.

Fast Facts
Deadline: March 1, 11:59pm
Purpose: cover expenses of fees, travel, etc. for arts-centered projects
Eligibility: Trinity or Pratt students, including graduating seniors
Time Frame: Summer (or beyond)
Funding: up to $4500
Point of Contact: Dr. Melissa Malouf
Instructions and Application:

Jan 25, 2013

7 Words: A Modern Melodrama

A new composition for string quartet and spoken word will be presented in Duke Chapel at 8pm Tuesday, January 29. The event, which is free and open to the public, initiates the Seven Words series dedicated to the work of French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. It will be followed by a lecture via teleconference from Nancy on Thursday and a symposium on Friday, both at the Franklin Humanities Institute (see our earlier post for details). The composition is a new take on Joseph Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ that intertwines ancient and contemporary music. It is based on a new poetic text by Nancy that, in keeping with the model from Haydn, announces each "word" (actually a phrase from the Gospels) and then elaborates and reflects on it.

From that text, composer Olivier Dejours has fashioned a melodrama, a form that he is drawn to through his longstanding interest in the relationship between music and language. Active as a conductor as well as a composer, Dejours opposes any idea of confinement by genre or historical era. As artistic director of the ensemble Le Banquet, he organized for the Scène Nationale d’Orléans a series of "confrontations" between the music of Mozart and that of contemporary composers. He and Jean-Christophe Marq, the cellist who will be appearing with him at Duke, are co-founders, along with Sylvie Pascal, of Les Folies du Temps. The three act as a core ensemble, gathering around themselves vocalists and other instrumentalists for performances that bridge historical instruments and sensibilities to modern ones.

All four members of the string quartet from Ensemble Galuppi in France are dedicated, like Dejours, to a rapprochement between the old and the new. All play both modern and period instruments. The two violinists, Gabriel Richard and Elsa Benabdallah, are also permanent members of the Paris Orchestra (and Richard is a return visitor to Duke—he gave a master class here in April 2011 and will return this spring, on March 8, for a trio recital with faculty musicians Jane Hawkins and Fred Raimi). Gilles Deliège, who plays both viola and viola d'amore, is on the faculty of the Tours Conservatory. The cellist, Jean-Christophe Marq, has performed with premier Baroque ensembles such as Il Seminario Musical, Cappricio Stravagante, and La Grande Ecurie and la Chambre du Roy. He doubles on baryton.

Olivier Dejours offers the following program note (translated and edited by Anne-Gaëlle Saliot and Robert Zimmerman).



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