Dr. Yashoda Thakore: Courtesan Dance from South India (10/12/19)

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 4pm

Crowell Concert Hall

Dr. Yashoda Thakore balanced the practice of the art of dance with research in her Connecticut debut during the Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan. She has enthralled audiences around the world—from England and Greece to Dubai and Bangladesh—with her flawless artistry.

Photos by Richard Marinelli.

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Fall Photos: Taylor Mac – CFA Theater (9/21/19)

Taylor Mac performs the Connecticut premiere of the highly immersive and outrageously entertaining two-hour abridged version of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music highlighting various musical styles and artistic voices.

Photography by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography

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Spring Photos: inDANCE: SKIN

On Friday, April 26, 2019 and Saturday, April 27, 2019 Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan presented his company inDANCE and Wesleyan students in an evening of dance, transgressing the boundaries of culture, race, gender, and sexuality during the Connecticut premiere of SKIN during the Spring Faculty Dance Concert.

inDANCE featured an international cast of stellar dancers from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and China; including Eury German ’16 in his first season with the company. He first learned to dance when he came to Wesleyan, and is currently a professional dancer working in New York City, performing in the works of several well-known choreographers. These performances of SKIN also included six Wesleyan students: Mickey Kieu ’19, Amira Leila ’20, Gita Ganti ’21, Aditi Mahesh ’21, Luna Mac-Williams ’22, and Spenser Stroud ’22.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Spring Photos: Cynthia Novack in Memoriam Lecture: “THAT’S SO QUEER! THAT’S SO ETHNIC! THAT’S SO FOREIGN!”

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 inDANCE’s Roney Lewis, Xi Yi, Paul Charbonneou, and Eury German ’16 spoke about the Spring Faculty Dance Concert, SKIN, and its inherent aesthetic and socio-political representations about queer sexuality and cultural appropriation as part of the Cynthia Novack in Memoriam Lecture. The lecture was in the format of a conversation moderated by Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan. The speakers also embodied this conversation with movement demonstrations.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Spring Photos: Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble and Taiko Drumming Ensemble

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble performed the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming under the direction of Adjunct Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan. Beginning students of the Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble played a variety of mesmerizing rhythmic patterns derived from tradition and new creative sounds on various instruments under the direction of Adjunct Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim and in collaboration with Visiting Artist-in-Residence and master dancer Pamardi Tjiptopradonggo from Indonesia.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Spring Photos: West African Music and Steelband (5/3/19)

An invigorating performance filled with rhythms and songs of West Africa, featuring Wesleyan Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and master drummer John Dankwa, joined by students in West African drumming classes, the Wesleyan Steelband ensemble, and guest performers.

Photography by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography

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Spring Photos: CONTRA-TIEMPO: joyUS justUS

On Friday, February 8, 2019 the New England premiere of joyUS justUS (2018), a participatory urban Latin dance theater experience, took on joy as the ultimate expression of struggle and resistance against hardship and injustice, reclaiming the narrative of people of color by embodying stories about the beauty and power of hope, faith, and family. Los Angeles-based CONTRA-TIEMPO has created physically intense and politically astute performance work since 2005—collages of salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, and contemporary dance with compelling text and original music.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.