This season explored the theme of transforming, transferring, or hybridizing cultural identity, and its expression in drama, music, and dance. We looked particularly at how immigrants use performance to tell their stories.
Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band
Friday, February 10, 2012--Rococo Theatre
Star jazz musician and ethnomusicologist, Chris Washburne (Ph.D. Columbia University), and the SYOTOS Band push the boundaries of Latin jazz, embracing dissonance and weaving contemporary up-tempo beats with a driving sound. Called a "Latin jazz institution" by Time Out New York, SYOTOS carries an impressive legacy with former musicians of the Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri bands. The band holds the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York City's history. SYOTOS plays with fire and erudition! New York Times
In The Heights
Co-presented with the Lied Center for Performing Arts and the University Program Council
March 2-3, 2012--Lied Center for Performing Arts
In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Winner of four Tony Awards in 2008: best musical, best score, best choreography, and best orchestrations. Cast members from the show participated in a series of workshops for UNL students and local community members.
This is Tango Now
Saturday, April 14, 2012--Lied Center for Performing Arts
This is Tango Now explores the issues of identity and willpower in a breathtaking performance. Under the guidance of the mysterious Duende, the Marionette breaks free from her Puppeteer, and embarks on a journey of self-exploration, awareness, and discovery beyond her wildest dreams. Told as a story, with powerful dancing, live music, lights and pure spectacle, This is Tango Now brings audiences of all ages to their feet.
Multi-talented Chris Washburne (who is also a professor at Columbia University), has recorded over 150 albums and performed with the greatest names in music, including, Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Justin Timberlake, Ray Barretto, Anthony Braxton, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, and Ruben Blades. His books include Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York (Temple University Press, 2008). He was voted "Rising Star of the Trombone" in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Downbeat Critic's Poll.
Caroline Brettell received her BA degree from Yale University and Ph.D. from Brown University. She has carried out research on aspects of international migration in Portugal, France, and the United States. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is also the author, co-author/editor or co-editor of 14 books, including Citizenship, Immigration and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States (co-edited with Deborah Reed-Danahay; Rutgers University Press); and Twenty-first Century Gateways: Immigrant Incorporation in Suburban America (co-edited with Audrey Singer and Susan W. Hardwick; The Brookings Institution).
C. Daniel Dawson
A multi-talented artist, Prof. Dawson has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, curator, arts administrator, consultant and scholar. He has served as Curator of Photography, Film and Video at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Curatorial Consultant and Director of Education at the Museum for African Art (NYC). As a scholar, he has lectured worldwide, and taught seminars at Columbia, New York, and Yale Universities. He is a currently a curatorial consultant for La Casita, a division of Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors specializing in presenting international oral traditions, and an exhibition curatorial consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center.