UW News

October 14, 2015

Arts Roundup: Pianist Jonathan Biss, Internet Meditation – and Chamber Dance Company


This week is packed with events and exhibits across campus. Get your modern dance fix with Chamber Dance Company in Meany Hall. Face your fear of snakes at the Burke and take an art break with internet meditation at the Henry Art Gallery. For classical music lovers, there’s a World Series performance by pianist Jonathan Biss and the chance to hear Fauré’s opera, “Pénélope.”

Chamber Dance CompanyChamber Dance Company
October 15-18 | Meany Theater
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Chamber Dance Company presents “A Century of Modern Dance.” In four performances at Meany Hall, this ensemble of professional dancers pursuing MFAs in dance at the UW will perform eight works, including Martha Graham’s “Lamentation” and an excerpt from Michel Fokine’s “Petrouchkawith music by Stravinsky. More info.

Lecture: The Renaissance Elsewhere
7:30 p.m., October 15 | 120 Kane Hall
Alexander Nagle, Renaissance art expert and Professor of Fine Arts at Yale, explores how Italian Renaissance artists created works that transported viewers to unimaginable worlds through new painting techniques, the development of perspective, and their fascination with newly discovered civilizations. More info.

Dance Films
2 p.m., October 18 | Henry Art Gallery
As part of the Dance Program’s Opening Doors Festival, the public can view a selection of short films that were specifically choreographed for the camera. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Dance films will also be presented on October 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Kane Hall More info.

Jonathan BissJonathan Biss
8 p.m., October 20 | Meany Theater
Internationally renowned pianist Jonathan Biss returns to Meany Hall for the first time in over a decade. Described by The New Yorker as a performer of “unerring sophistication,” Biss brings a program of Mozart, Schumann and Schönberg to Seattle as part of the UW World Series. More info.

Artbreak: Internet Meditations
12:30 p.m., October 22 | Henry Art Gallery
Lead by local new media curator and video yoga instructor Julia Greenway, this free lunchtime session invites participants to practice yoga and mindfulness from a visual perspective. In dialogue with video art projections, participants will be lead through breathing, mindfulness, and yogic eye exercises in an effort to reexamine the practice of seeing and experiencing digital art. More info.

Creepy CocktailsCreepy Crawly Cocktails
5:30 p.m., October 22 | Burke Museum
The Burke Museum invites anyone with a phobia of snakes or spiders to face their fears – with the aid of liquid courage for those 21 and over. Participants will have the chance to get up close and personal with real creepy-crawly critters that no longer bite. More info.

Gabriel Fauré’s “Pénélope”
October 22, 24 & 25 | Meany Studio Theater
The UW School of Music partners with Vespertine Opera and Philharmonia Northwest to present Gabriel Fauré’s rarely performed opera, “Pénélope.” In three performances in Meany Studio Theater, this production tells the timeless story of Homer’s “Odyssey” with a cast professional vocalists. More info.


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