2012-13 Performance Series

IAS Season IV: Ancient World through Modern Eyes:Modern performing arts have returned consistently to classical antiquity and ancient mythologies to make sense of the contemporary. Join us for world-class drama, ballet, modern dance, philosophy, and poetry, as we consider how performance renews itself through consideration of its ancestry.

Orpheus movie poster

Orpheus (1950) -Film Screening

February 13 | 7:00 pm | Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Adults – $5 (FREE to UNL faculty/staff)

Students – $5 (FREE to UNL students)

Jean Cocteau’s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Marie Déa), and a mysterious princess (Maria Casarès). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead, through Cocteau’s famous mirrored portal. Orpheus’s peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling represent the legendary Cocteau at the height of his powers.

For tickets: contact the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center: 402-472-5353 or theross.org.

image from Rite of Spring

The Joffrey Ballet: The Rite of Spring

March 2 | 7:30 pm | Lied Center for Performing Arts

Adults – $46 / $36 / $29

<strong >Students – $23 / $18 / $14.50

Widely considered one of the world’s finest ballet companies, The Joffrey Ballet celebrates the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring in a triumphant performance. The Rite of Spring, which premiered in 1913, stunned audiences with its incorporation of ancient, pagan mythology, Slavic folklore, and high modernist kinetic movement. Nijinsky promised it would “open new horizons flooded with different rays of sun.” He kept his promise. The Rite of Spring remains one of the most celebrated and controversial productions of the 20th century. Co-presented with the Lied Center for Performing Arts

For tickets: contact the Lied Center at 402-472-4747 or liedcenter.org.

image from Lori Belilove and Isadora Duncan Dance Co.

Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company:Dances Inspired by Greek Antiquity

March 13 | 7:30 pm | Lied Center for Performing Arts

Adults – $12 (FREE to UNL faculty & staff)

Students – $6 (FREE to UNL students)

Founded in 1979, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company is the pre-eminent Isadora Duncan dance company performing in the world today. Duncan created dances in homage to the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysius, and lesser gods, nymphs and heroes found in ancient Greek mythology. She infused her particular brand of American spirit with her love for the Greeks, convinced that the “Dance of the Future” should adhere to the ideals found in ancient Greek tragedy. Belilove and company bring fresh interpretations to Duncan’s works in a cohesive program including a lecture and screening of rare films clips.

For tickets: contact the Lied Center at 402-472-4747 or liedcenter.org.

photo from Dinner Party play

Target Margin Theatre: The Argument and Dinner Party

April 23–24 | 7:00 pm | Johnny Carson Theater at the Lied Center

Adults – $12 (FREE to UNL faculty & staff)

Students – $6 (FREE to UNL students)

Experience two theatrical works in one evening, directed by award-winning David Herskovits, founder of acclaimed Target Margin Theatre. Based on both Aristotle’s Poetics and the essays of Gerald F. Else, The Argument is a passionate student’s love-letter and farewell to his teacher — reminding us of the personal pathos that binds us to the Greeks, and firing us to capture that chimera, art. A detailed yet playful adaptation of Plato’s Symposium, Dinner Party takes on love from every angle, delving into the original text with gusto to bring out the philosophy and lust, language and appetite — not to mention really good wine.

For tickets: contact the Lied Center at 402-472-4747 or liedcenter.org.

The Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium is sponsored by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, presented, in part, by the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and funded, in part, by the Hixson-Lied Endowment.