Topic: performance

(L-R) Poets Dāa Guy RISD ‘19, Blessed Sheriff ’19, Kris Cho ’22 and Manuel Ávalos ’19 competed at the annual College Unions Poetry Slam last weekend, sharing complex works that celebrated their identities.

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Brown/RISD poetry slam team earns 5th place in annual competition

April 22, 2019 0 comments

Last weekend, Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design’s joint poetry slam team sent members Kris Cho ’22, Blessed Sheriff ’19, Dāa Guy RISD ’19 and Manuel Ávalos ’19 to take part in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation, an annual collegiate poetry slam tournament.

Choreographer Brian Solomon '19, along with dancers of show, 
investigate real issues through fictional storylines and characters.

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PW show ‘danceveil’ examines ancestry and identity

April 9, 2019 0 comments

Exploring trans identity, diaspora and mental illness, a Movement/Theater performance titled “danceveil” debuted last Thursday at the Upspace that examined the link between the physical body and the spiritual identity.

The Granoff Center for the Creative Arts hosted media performances on humans’ relationships with the ocean, featuring student dancers. A collaboration between the Brown Arts Initiative, Rhode Island School of Design and the University of California of Irvine, made the show possible.

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‘Your Ocean, My Ocean’ explores environmentalism

April 4, 2019 0 comments

Combining dance, music, media and visual art, performances of “Your Ocean, My Ocean” on April 1 and 2 asked audience members to reflect on humans’ relationship with the ocean. 

Shayna Toh ’20 began writing “Firefly in the Light,” a pop-rock musical, when she was 17 years old.  Toh previously shared the musical with audiences in New York and Singapore.

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‘Firefly in the Light’ depicts youth’s search for fame

March 13, 2019 0 comments

Production Workshop presented “Firefly in the Light” last weekend, an earnest pop-rock musical composed, directed and written by Shayna Toh ’20 that probes “the many competing life options which await every young and older person,” according to the show’s website.

Eric Nathan, professor of music, composed “Some Favored Nook,” which tells the story of the long friendship between Dickinson and Higginson.  The chamber opera, performed by two vocalists and a pianist, was presented by FirstWorks last Sunday in the First Unitarian Church of Providence.

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University professor fuses Dickinson’s poetry with music

March 5, 2019 0 comments

In his lecture last Friday, Assistant Professor of Music Eric Nathan said, “Emily Dickinson’s poems are perfect on their own, they don’t need music to become better … But I think music, in the context of a long story, can help us see and reflect more deeply and emotionally on what is being said.”

Chartreuse performed compositions that incorporated electronic components and experimental concepts. Five students and one faculty member composed pieces for the trio, working with the musicians during rehearsals.

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Visiting string trio debuts student, faculty compositions

February 7, 2019 0 comments

The Chartreuse string trio performed contemporary and experimental music in a concert Tuesday night, playing compositions from their usual repertoire as well as new pieces composed by University students.

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island” featured animal puppets, dancing and songs to share the story of a young crane completing her first migration. This story originates from traditional Native American folklore about the environment and teaches audience members to protect natural habitats.

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Touring puppet musical inspired by Native American stories

February 5, 2019 0 comments

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island” captivated audiences last week at Moses Brown School with soaring kites, graceful puppetry and a heartwarming story about family and nature.

“Good Grief” highlighted the Internal Family Systems therapy method, which encourages engaging  with one’s “subpersonalities.”

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Everett Company’s ‘Good Grief’ grapples with physical, emotional trauma

October 1, 2018 1 comment

Thursday evening, a bustling audience gathered in the Granoff Center for Creative Arts to see Everett Company’s “Good Grief” — a multimedia performance centered around trauma’s grip on both mind and body.

Kathryn Samp ’18, co-director of the Aerial Arts Society, dances in a hammock, a type of aerial silk, suspended above the stage in Alumnae Hall.

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Aerialists perform spring show

April 23, 2018 0 comments

In a display of strength, flexibility, precision and courage, Brown Aerial Arts Society members performed for a packed Alumnae Hall Friday and Saturday nights.

“Qyrq Qyz” brought together nine musicians who performed the musical compositions of Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky as Saodat Ismailova’s film projected behind them.

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Performance piece ‘Qyrz Qyz’ reimagines Central Asian epic tale

March 20, 2018 0 comments

Throughout last Wednesday night’s multimedia performance at the Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium entitled “Qyrq Qyz,” the composition of the stage shifted: The only set piece, a black mountain of fabric, was deconstructed and the performers rearranged positions and formations to the beat of the music.