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May 8, 2019

ARTSUW Roundup: Peruvian Textiles, This Moment, Innovation the Nordic Way, International Experimental Music Ensemble, MFA Concert, and more!

This week in the arts, examine up-close a selection of Peruvian textiles from the Henry’s collection, attend a lecture about Nordic innovation at the Nordic Museum, go to a graduation exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and more!

From the Collection: Peruvian Textiles

May 9, 6:30 pm | Henry Art Gallery

Quipus, knotted strings used for record keeping, serve as an inspiration for Cecilia Vicuña. In this program, examine up-close a selection of Peruvian textiles from the Henry’s collection.

Free – space is limited, pre-register | More info and RSVP

This Moment

May 9 to 12 | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

UW School of Drama’s Musical Theater cohort presents This Moment, an original devised work. This Moment weaves a story through songs from the contemporary musical theatre songbook. Each piece has been selected by the student creators from work composed since the year 2000. Sitting somewhere between a concert and a traditional musical, This Moment is a celebration of now, and a reflection on the rapid passage of time and the fleeting nature of life. Please join our musical theater students as they capture through song what it means to be right here, right now.

$8 tickets for students | More info and tickets

Scandinavian 30: Innovation the Nordic Way

May 9, 7:00 pm | Nordic Museum

The latest smartphone is a Swedish-Chinese hybrid, Spotify and Skype originated in northern Europe. We relax in saunas and dress in H&M fashion. Explore what inspires the Nordic region to be creative with Professor Christine Ingebritsen.

Short, snappy, entertaining: Scandinavian 30 is a series of free, 30-minute monthly lectures by UW Scandinavian Studies faculty at the Nordic Museum.

Jennifer Stager: Color, Vision, and Variegation

May 10, 3:30 pm | Denny 259

Jennifer Stager, faculty member at John Hopkins University (Ph.D. Berkeley), specializes in the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean and its afterlives. Her areas of focus include questions of color, materiality, and vision in the ancient Mediterranean world, the afterlives of antiquity, and the intersections of gender, race, and class in the production and study of art and architecture. Reception to follow the lecture.

Free | More info

Music of Today: International Experimental Music Ensemble

May 10, 7:30 pm | Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

UW faculty improv band Indigo Mist (Richard Karpen, keyboards; Juan Pampin, live electronics; Ted Poor, drums; Steve Rodby, bass; Cuong Vu, trumpet) and special guests Ngô Trà My (Vietnam), dan bau, and Jos Zwaanengburg (Netherlands), flutes, present an evening of experimental and improvised music. This performance is made possible with support from the UW Creative Fellowships Initiative.

$10 tickets for UW students | More info and tickets

Symposium | Performing Lyric Cultures: Visible and Invisible

May 10 | Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall

The symposium, will bring together scholars and musicians to explore a variety of poetic and dramatic texts, discovering the music underneath the words on a page.  This symposium is part of a multi-year project on invisible music organized by the chair of the music history program, JoAnn Taricani, with the research leading to an edition and recording of Restoration music that has been recognized with the Noah Greenburg Award of the American Musicological Society.

Free | More info

Opening Reception: Graduation Exhibition 4

May 14, 5 to 8:00 pm | Jacob Lawrence Gallery

This exhibition runs from May 15 to 25, and features works from students receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in the Arts.

Free | More info and sign up

Photo: Tim Summers. Dancers: Madison Bristol, Rosy Gentle, Charlotte SchoenPhoto: Tim Summers. Dancers: Madison Bristol, Rosy Gentle, Charlotte Schoen

MFA Concert

May 15 to 19 |Meany Studio Theatre

The Department of Dance invites you to witness the premiere of six conceptually and aesthetically diverse dance works. Engaging with themes ranging from quantum physics, to slavic folklore, motherhood, love, selfhood, and the nature of flux, our esteemed MFA in dance candidates create pieces for the undergraduate dancers at UW. Movement ideas from the realms of contemporary dance, embodied improvisational practices, dance theatre, and ballet take on new meaning with each piece.

$10 tickets | More info and tickets

Nina Simone: Four Women

April 26 to June 2 | Seattle Rep

UW School of Drama’s Head of Directing & Professor of Acting and Directing Valerie Curtis-Newton is the director of the West Coast premiere of “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Seattle Rep (read article in The Seattle Times).

When “The High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone heard about the tragic bombing death of four young girls in an Alabama church in 1963, the songstress turned to her music as a means of expressing the country’s agony. “Four Women” and Simone’s other evocative activist anthems sang a truth that the world needed to hear. And it is a truth that remains sung to this day. Through storytelling, debate, and music, “Nina Simone: Four Women” immerses us in the complex harmony of protest.
$16 tickets for students | More info and tickets