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December 3, 2018

ARTSUW Roundup: Arts and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan, UW Symphony with Robin McCabe, and More

This week in the arts, learn about the history of art and its politics in Japan post-1945, see the final performances of Fefu and Her Friends, take a workshop at the Henry Art Gallery, and more!

Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan

Art and Engagement in Early Postwar JapanDecember 7, 3:30 PM| Thomson Hall

Justin Jesty, associate professor at the University of Washington Department of Asian Languages and Literature will be giving a talk on his newly published book Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan (Cornell Univ. Press 2018). Jesty reframes the history of art and its politics in Japan post-1945 and examines writings and artworks, together with the social movements they were a part of, to demonstrate how art — or more broadly, creative expression — became a medium for collectivity and social engagement, anti-capitalist and anti-war activism.

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Fefu and Her Friends.jpgFefu and Her Friends

November 28 to December 9 | Meany Studio Theater

Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton directs an all-female cast in María Irene Fornés’ most celebrated, realistic and feminist works, Fefu and Her Friends. Fefu turns the “ladies who lunch” trope on its head, bringing together an extraordinary—and regular—group of women who, over the course of a weekend in the country, peel away at each other’s layers, uncovering both the horrors and felicities of contemporary womanhood. Fornés said that Fefu’s realism evolved from the fact that she could feel the characters standing around her, that “one can feel the characters breathe.”

Fornés, who passed away October 31st at the age of 88, has been called “the most important American playwright you’ve never heard of,” and “influential beyond measure.” She is considered by many to be the mother of U.S. Latinx Theatre. This year marks a national celebration of her work, Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés.

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UW Symphony with Robin McCabe, Piano

Robin McCabeDecember 7, 7:30 PM | Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

David Alexander Rahbee conducts the University Symphony in a performance of music by Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Stenhammar, and Mussorgsky/Ravel, including Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 in C Minor, with faculty pianist Robin McCabe.

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Alyza2Anchors: A Movement Workshop

December 8, 1:00 PM | Henry Art Gallery

The space between two points is rich, deep and expansive.

Inspired by themes from Martha Friedman: Castoffs, Syniva Whitney and Alyza DelPan-Monley investigate the parts and the whole, the virtuosic and the distorted, the classically idealized masculine body and the reality of our unique gender-diverse expressions of beauty. They will drop ideological and material anchors to give participants safe harbors to explore these deep waters. This workshop is open to all levels of experience and levels of ableness, and will use a diverse range of options for using the body’s kinesthetic and somatic experience to uncover new understandings.

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turtle-islandTurtle Island Quartet

December 8, 7:30 PM | Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

Two-time Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet presents Winter’s Eve, a concert of winter music and year-end celebrations from around the globe. Turtle Island delves into the timeless music that has been an integral part of wintertime festivities for centuries.

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ganesh_rajagopalanEthnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert: Ganesh Rajagopalan, Violin – Traditional and New Music of South India

December 8, 7:30 pm | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse Theater

Fall Quarter Ethnomusicology Visiting Ganesh Rajagopalan, master violinist and vocalist of Carnatic music, is known in India and worldwide for his virtuosity as a violinist and for his innovative approach to music-making, in which he combines his technique and background with various forms of music ranging from Hindustani to jazz, folk, blues, and much more. He performs traditional and new music of South India in this performance concluding his UW residency.

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