Stranger: A Festival in Search of Hospitable Acts
Photo by Elysia Su
The Duke University Department of Theater Studies and Sojourn Theatre of Portland (OR) present The Stranger Festival all day Friday, February 24, 2012 in locations throughout Durham.
The Festival is the culmination of a year of conversations and meditations about the dynamics of hospitality in Durham, from tiny daily acts of civility to the impacts of rapidly changing public policy. Duke students, faculty, Durham citizens, and guest artists from Sojourn Theatre will host a series of micro-events throughout Durham that intersect with and explore the daily patterns of the city.
According to Sojourn Theatre artistic director Michael Rohd, “We’ve taken on lots of projects that have some kind of bridge impulse in them. We want to bring people into contact who aren’t generally connected with each other.”
“Duke and Durham are geographically linked, but we felt there were plenty of bridges to be built between the two,” says Torry Bend, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies at Duke and chief collaborator with Sojourn.
"This Sojourn residency created a forum in which Duke students and the Durham community could engage in the act of creation under the advisement of Sojourn Theatre – a nationally-known company noted for its ability to pair civic engagement with performance.
“In the act of producing The Stranger Festival, the collaborating students, faculty and Durham residents have defined the important subjects that affect their shared community and have created specially for that community.”
Events will take place on Friday, February 24 around Durham and are free and open to the public.
For more information go the The Stranger Festival website.
Read about it in today's Chronicle.
The Duke Arts Festival is still going strong. The exhibition of visual art in the Bryan Center will be up through the weekend and students will continue to perform in and around the Bryan Center and Perkins library. Dancer and conceptual artist Ralph Lemon is in residence, The Theme is Blackness theater festival has begun, and so has the Duke-UNC Chopin/Schumann festival.
The Link Media Wall installation One Blithe Day, by visiting artist Fatimah Tuggar, will have its opening reception on Friday in Perkins Library. There are poetry readings on Thursday and Friday. And on Sunday, Duke Performances is bringing the great Allen Toussaint to Page Auditorium. So you see that there's plenty to look forward to — see the festival schedule for details.
We've had quite a few student performances in the last week and a half — pianists have been playing in the alcove surrounded by student artwork, string quartets and a capella groups have set up by the doors of Perkins library, dancers have been moving it on the plaza. And the Duke University Percussion Ensemble (DUPE) did their thing on the bus.
Here are a few pictures — breakdancing from Stop Motion Crew, stills from DUPE on the bus, mural painting on the plaza, and a reception amongst the paintings and photos in the Bryan Center.
The 2010 Duke Arts Festival has begun! Read more on the festival web page. Students interested in the arts and entertainment industries should read about DEMAN weekend, Oct. 29-30. Registration for the dinner and panels is open.
It's no coincidence that the festival begins on Parents' and Family Weekend — a whole array of student performing groups have concerts and shows in the next few days. Parents trailing their children around campus will have something new to ooh and ah over — the 150 or so works of student art on display in the Brian Center. Here is an overview from Scott Lindroth, the Vice Provost for the Arts.
The Duke Arts Festival is a celebration of the creativity of our student painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, musicians, composers, actors, directors, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and poets. Some of these students are active as arts majors, but just as many pursue majors in other fields and cultivate their passion for the arts in their free time. The purpose of the Duke Arts Festival is to bring this creative energy out into the light of day with events that include an exhibition of visual art in the Bryan Center, performances by musicians, dancers, and actors in the Departments of Music, Theater Studies, and Dance, the preparation of new murals in the Bryan Center and the Old Perk, and outdoor performances by student dancers, musicians, and actors at various locations on campus. In addition to the exhibitions and performances, the Festival includes special events sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association and Duke Career Center. Alumni in the Duke Entertainment, Media, and Arts Network (DEMAN) will visit campus to attend a special dinner and reception for students, faculty, and alumni as well as offer arts career panels for our student artists. Our alumni will demonstrate that a career in the arts is possible after graduation. As you browse through this program, you will be impressed by the tremendous range of arts activity on campus, whether it includes landmark exhibits at the Nasher Museum, a reading by our country's Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, a theatrical production of a play by Nobel-Prize-winning playwright Wole Soyinka, or a production of Into the Woods by Hoof 'n' Horn. In many ways, the Duke Arts Festival is a snapshot of what takes place in the arts all year round. Please feel free to let me know what you think about the campus arts scene. I always welcome your comments and ideas. In the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy the Duke Arts Festival.