2011-12 Performance Season

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.

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.