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Walt Whitman High School presents a rousing rendition of the musical comedy Catch Me If You Can, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Join Frank Abagnale, Jr. as he forges checks and dodges the FBI coast to coast!
This two-evening program of intimately scaled dance-theatre features extraordinary contemporary artists from the African continent. Faustin Linyekula and Panaibra Gabriel Canda grapple with the complex histories of their countries through the filtered experiences and relationships with their fathers and their own experiences of dislocation, forced emigration and cultural assimilation.
The founder of Mozambique's first contemporary dance company, Canda is one of the continent's artistic innovators developing an authentic and autonomous African choreographic voice through his body that is deeply expressive and uniquely articulate. Marrabenta is a musical form born in the 1950s from a mix of local and European influences that carry the complex history of Mozambique, a land of social and political rifts, since earning independence from Portugal in 1975.
Projects for the Living
Robin Neveu Brown, choreographer
In Projects for the Living, the audience is set loose in a dark and decaying cabaret theatre where the dance folds into and emerges out of shadowy corners, kicking up the dust of memories. A peculiar collection of objects, people, creatures, and stories is on display. This cabinet of curiosities is left open, allowing for the audience's intuition, crafting the event into a deeply personal experience.
Not Leading Lady Material
Megan Morse Jans, choreographer
Not Leading Lady Material is a one-woman, cabaret-style performance that takes the audience on an interweaving journey through personal narrative, song and dance. A richly intimate portrait of identity, motherhood, otherness and silence, the work incorporates themes of social and political disruption and an array of suggestive, cross-period apparel. Intended for mature audiences only.
The award-winning ensemble UNIVERSES is known for breaking the bounds of traditional theatre, fusing poetry, jazz, hip-hop and Southern blues to create powerful performance experiences for diverse audiences. The Party People Salon is a unique, participatory event reflecting the revolutionary spirit of the Black Panthers and Young Lords Movements of the 1960s–1970s.
During the Salon, performance is interspersed with conversations among veteran Panthers and Lords, including Black Panther Ericka Huggins and Mickey Melendez of Young Lords. They share their moving, personal stories of everyday women and men who became leaders and activists. The Party People Salon offers a rare opportunity to discover what has become of these inspiring and at times controversial citizens whose movement to make change still reverberates today.
Join the artists for a conversation with the audience following the performance.
Featuring provocative choreography by Master of Fine Arts students in dance, this concert focuses on new works in development. As the first opportunity for them to put material onstage and see what develops, it often contains the seeds of movement ideas that will be featured in their MFA Thesis programs — an unguarded exploration of their talents and interests.
In India, the jasmine flower traverses the world of man and the world of the gods. This inspired new work freely moves between past and present, composition and improvisation, music and dance, delving into the concept of longing through the lens of recollection, appeal and total surrender. Guided by the rich poems of the Tamil Bhakti poet Andal, Song of the Jasmine embodies the spiritual and the sensual elements that are the lifeblood of the Indian psyche. Mother and daughter choreographic team and famed Bharata Natyam dancers Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy collaborate with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, known for his uninhibited musical culture-crossing. The score will be performed live by the composer himself with Rajna Swaminathan (UMD alum) on mridangam, Anjna Swaminathan (UMD Alum) on Carnatic violin, Rez Abbasi, guitar and Ramen Kalyan on Carnatic flute. Song of the Jasmine is co-commissioned by The Clarice's Artist Partner Program.
The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies presents a concert featuring the emerging talent of the next generation of dance artists. The program includes original works created and/or performed by undergraduate students majoring in Dance as they are finding their choreographic voice and vision, plus new works developed throughout the year by guest choreographers.
You're invited to a UMD House Party, inspired by Spike Lee's film, School Daze (1988), the musically driven film that chronicled the ins and outs of a fictitious historically black college. An original site-specific, dance theatre work co-conceived by School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies artists Meghan Bowden and Vaughn Midder, this performance challenges current UMD students to engage in topics around race, gender, class and sexuality, as seen through the lens of contemporary African American experience.