UW News

March 2, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: UW Museums Reopen, Uncharted Waters, UW Dance Presents, and More

During this time of uncertainty and isolation, find solace in digital opportunities to connect, share, and engage. Each week, we will share upcoming events that bring the UW, and the greater community, together online. 

Many of these online opportunities are streamed through Zoom. All UW faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro via UW-IT

2021 Scheidel Lecture: Horror Noire — Blacks in American Horror

March 10, 3:30 – 5:00 PM | Online

The Department of Communication is thrilled to welcome acclaimed academic practitioner Dr. Robin Means Coleman to deliver the 2021 Scheidel Lecture. Dr. Coleman will expand on themes from her book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror from the 1890s to Present and her eponymously titled 2019 documentary Horror Noire, to engage the audience in conversation about Blacks’ contribution to the horror genre, the contributions of women, and what horror can teach us about social justice. This presentation is suitable for novice, intermediate, and expert participants.

Online: Uncharted Waters

March 11 – 14 | Online

This winter, the Cornish College of the Arts Theater and Performance Production Departments, Seattle University Theatre, and the University of Washington School of Drama have come together for a cross-town theatrical collaboration the likes of which Seattle has never seen. Seattle University’s Rosa Joshi directs William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, while Cornish College of the Arts’ Sheila Daniels and UW Drama acting alum Porscha Shaw co-direct Bodies of Water, a devised piece in response to themes in Shakespeare’s play. Both productions feature student casts from all three schools, and the artistic and production work of students, faculty, and staff from all three schools, and both will be rehearsed and performed entirely online.

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Anne Searcy: “Understanding the Dance of Hamilton”

March 11, 2:00 PM | Online

The Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical has generated an astounding level of popular acclaim, critical success, and political discourse, most of it centered around the musical’s writer, composer, and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Additionally impressive, but less examined so far, is the striking and unusually central role played by Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography. In this talk, the first of this series, music history professor Dr. Anne Searcy discusses how dance works as a central part of Hamilton and explores the implications that the choreography has for the political discourse around the celebrated musical.

UW Dance Presents

March 12 – 28 | Online

The Department of Dance is excited to present new works from nationally and internationally recognized choreographers Rujeko Dumbutshena, Alana Isiguen, Rachael Lincoln, Juliet McMains, “Majinn” Mike O’Neal, and Jennifer Salk, with guest artists Alex Dugdale and Alice Gosti.

Presented digitally, these explorations of dance on film examine themes ranging from human connection and identity to the joy of rhythm and music as movement. The new works, generated from a diverse range of movement styles, feature dancers set against local Seattle backdrops including Magnuson Park and on stage at Meany Center for the Performing Arts. The performances feature new collaborations and several original music compositions, including by Zimbabwean-born local Seattle artist Paul Mataruse and compositions by music students Griffin Becker and Lucas Zeiter performed by the Wind Ensemble.

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ONLINE — Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble: Mozart Dances

March 12 – 19 | Online

Mark Morris’ joyful and sublime Mozart Dances is a masterpiece of movement and music. Set to three exquisite Mozart piano works, the choreography is buoyant and exhilarating, exemplifying why Morris is revered as “the most artfully musical choreographer alive” (The New York Times). In this virtual, online performance of the transcendent evening-length trilogy, the company’s own music ensemble provides live music for the lyricism and astounding precision of the Mark Morris Dance Group, with stunning scenic design by celebrated abstract painter Howard Hodgkin (Layla and Majnun).

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UW Museums Reopen 

Many of the UW’s on-campus museums, including the Henry Art Gallery, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery have reopened for COVID-19 safe visitation from the public. New exhibits include the Henry Art Gallery’s Bambitchell: Bugs & Beasts Before the Law and Plural Possibilities & the Female Body. All students, faculty, and staff can attend these museums for free.

Barbara Earl Thomas: The Geography of Innocence

Through November 14 | Seattle Art Museum

UW alum Barbara Earl Thomas’ new body of work at the Seattle Art Museum carries within it the sediments of history and grapples with race and the color line. At the heart of her new work is a story of life and death, hope and resilience—a child’s survival. She takes us on a journey where she gives us clues, tracks and traces—the raw elements of the armor, like the one Black parents construct for their children at birth, to help them navigate the perilous landscape that is our country’s color problem.

$7.00 – $10.00 | Register and More Info

Looking for more?

Check out UWAA’s Stronger Together web page for more digital engagement opportunities.