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October 8, 2014

Arts Roundup: Drama, music — and Anne Hamilton’s ‘The Common S E N S E’

Fall is a busy time for the arts on campus, with a dizzying array of performances and exhibitions to take advantage of. This week the breadth of events is impressive, including the opening of the Anne Hamilton exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery, the Chamber Dance Company’s annual production, Tusk after Dusk at the Burke Museum and much, much more. 

Ann Hamilton

“Woman’s evening coat [detail]. 1928 – 1929. Silk velvet; Red fox fur; Georgette and crepe lining. Henry Art Gallery, John Dutton Wright Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Drumheller, 85.1-258.”Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez

Chamber Dance Company
Oct. 9-12 | Meany Theater
Described as “pure, buoyant delight for audiences” by the Seattle Times, the Chamber Dance Company consists of professional dancers now pursuing MFA degrees. The company, known for meticulously reconstructing modern dance works of historic and artistic significance, is performing excerpts from “Cloudless” by Susan Marshall, a leading voice in the post-modern era; “Jardí Tancat” by internationally renowned choreographer Nacho Duato and “To Have and  Hold” by Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith. More info.

Film: “FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement”
October 9 | Varsity Theater
From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more upgradeable than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? This award-winning documentary rethinks “disability” and “normalcy” by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.  The screening is sponsored by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the University of Washington and a brief panel discussion will follow the 60-minute film.  More info.

Tusk After Dusk
October 10 | Burke Museum
Join the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture for a mammoth happy hour before the South Lake Union tusk goes behind the scenes for conservation. Featuring mammoth beverages, the first chance to sign LuLu’s “cast” (the plaster field jacket protecting the tusk), arts and crafts for grown-ups, live music from The Local Strangers, prizes, and more. More info.

Ann Hamilton “The Common S E N S E”
October 11, 2014-April 26, 2015 | Henry Art Gallery
This exhibit features newly commissioned works by the internationally renowned artist Ann Hamilton. Using materials and representations of animals gathered from UW collections, Hamilton has created a set of poetic relationships that invite us to consider the closeness, the distance, and the interdependence between human and non-human animals. More info.

Cuong Vu Trio
October 11 | Meany Studio Theater
Joined by bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Ted Poor, the Cuong Vu Trio explores sounds and form while embracing the undercurrents of underground rock music along with any other style that may come into their collective impulse. Together, they create a formidable trio that crisscrosses styles and conventional languages in pursuit of a new musical language without boundaries. For this show, the Trio is joined by special guest Cameron Sharif, keyboard. Cuong Vu is chair of Jazz Studies, and Ted Poor is an artist-in-residence at the UW School of Music. More info.

Factory Showroom “Industry”
October 14 – November 15 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
The School of Art + Art History + Design announces its first Factory Showroom display, “Industry,” featuring no art, only labor, in the newly renovated Jacob Lawrence Gallery. “Industry” is the first Showroom program as part of Factory Showroom, a series of displays, labor demonstrations, motivational speeches, quality controls and new product launches organized by the gallery to explore the question, “Is a school a factory?” More info.


Mike Hipple

“Cold Empty Terrible,” October 15-26, in the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse.Mike Hipple Photography

“Cold Empty Terrible”
October 15-26 | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse
Created in collaboration with and directed by Whit MacLaughlin, artistic director of the OBIE award-winning New Paradise Laboratories, this production is a resuscitation of a theatrical debacle embedded inside Anton Chekhov’s 1896 masterpiece, “The Seagull.” Members of the School of Drama Professional Actor Training Program turn molehill into mountain by devising an original work for the stage that aims to prove that a century of theatrical experimentation must be good for something. More info.

Birds at the Burke
October 18 | Burke Museum
Birds take the roost for the Burke’s annual Birds at the Burke event. Head to the Burke for a day filled with all things feathered—from live bird shows to the basics of birding in your backyard — there’s a little something for everyone. More info.