Event Archives

The Patsy Project

Christina Soriano returns to Music Carolina Summerfest for the fifth time to present her second large scale work choreographed with an intergenerational cast featuring 30 dancers aged 4 to 86. The performance featured live accompaniment by Martha Bassett…

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Aging Reimagined 1.5

This cross-disciplinary symposium on aging capitalized on last year’s successful Aging Reimagined conference. It featured Jennie Smith Peers, Director of the National Center for Creative Aging, whose work focuses on the research and public policies to support arts in aging, and Nir Barzilai…

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Dr. Seuss Carnival

The Theatre in Education class planned an end-of-year carnival for their students at Ashley Elementary. The carnival incorporated elements of performance and interactive activities to engage the students in the material they’d learned throughout the semester…

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Reading of Myrmidons

In the summer of 2016, IPLACe provided funds for Cheyenne Zuck to study Ancient Greek at the Latin/Greek Institute (LGI) to go towards the translation and completion of a fragmented tragedy. She translated Myrmidons by Aeschylus…

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Chinese Music and Art Collaboration

Haiqiong Deng, a professional Chinese guzheng player, and Nan Liu, a classically-trained Chinese artist, held a residency at Wake that included workshops with the Chinese Ensemble students, several class visits to Art and Music classes, and a final concert…

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Tragedies of Character: Leadership Lessons from Macbeth

A discussion following a performance of Macbeth on leadership, ambition, power, war, and politics as seen in the play and today’s society, featuring the director Brook Davis, Lillie Burrow and Philip Kayser, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth respectively, and Michael Lamb…

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Ben Whiting Residency

Ben Whiting, Wake Theatre alum and acclaimed magician, visited Wake to perform a magic show and lecture a Neuroscience class…

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Soundseen: Cage/Braxton/Marclay

SoundSeen presents the musical compositions of three artists – John Cage, Anthony Braxton, and Christian Marclay – in which drawings, diagrams and images take the place of standard musical notation. These visually engaging “graphic” scores convey ideas…

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Women’s Leadership Symposium

Megan Hooper ’04, founder of bsmartguide.com, and Melissa Jones Briggs ’04, instructor in organizational behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate Business School, offered complementary workshops rooted in the skills they built as students involved in theater…

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SICK

Sick was performed as part of the second Studio Series and explored gender and sexuality in a provocative way. The show partnered with Student Health services to promote their free STD testing services. It was performed in conjunction with The Tiny Closet

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Pop Stars Coaching

Cindy Gendrich provided acting coaching to students in a class on Pop Music as they prepared to emulate several of the stars they studied in class for Music and Fashion Day…

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Evan Mitchell Residency

Mask and movement expert Evan Mitchell held a residency at Wake that included a performance of his one-man mask performance Masked in English and Spanish and three workshops with various classes…

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Ping Chong Residency and Collidescope 3.0

Ping Chong, recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Arts, joined the Wake Forest Theatre in January and February to direct a new iteration of his piece Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post- Racial America. During his time on campus, Chong spend the majority of time…

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The World of Overtone Singing

Overtone/throat singing is a special technique of manipulating the vocal tract that has arisen independently throughout the world. Master khoomei (Tuvan throat singing) performer Narisu greeted visitors, answered questions about Mongolian music, and demonstrated khoomei…

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Allison Orr

Allison Orr (alum and dance artist) held a residency at Wake that included guest teaching several dance classes, visiting with the WGS class “Women Artists”, screening her award-winning documentary Trash Dance, and planning for a future project, Served

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Capoeira Workshop

Dr. Ugo Edu, Anthropology professor and experienced instructor of Capoeira, and her collaborator Sergio Ferreira visited Wake to provide a social, political, and historical account of Capoeira to Dr. Harrington’s class on Race & Politics in Brazil as well as hold a workshop…

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Joel New Creative Residency

New York-based songwriter Joel New held a two-day residency at Wake that included a songwriting workshop with aspiring musical theatre writers, and a visit to Michele Gillespie’s FYS on Thomas Jefferson to help students write Hamilton-inspired music…

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Honk! Performance

WFU Theatre’s Honk! was performed for WSFC first graders, who received copies of The Ugly Duckling, signed by the cast, rubber duckies, and content prompts to discuss the show in their home classrooms…

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English Methods Class Visits

Three WFU professors visited Alan Brown’s English Methods class to help future teachers with engaging their students in the performing arts and, specifically, Shakespeare…

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DADA 100!

DADA 100! celebrated 100 years of DADA, discussing its historical context and embracing its legacy. The huge event took place in ZSR and involved a mixture of performances and interactive activities for participants…

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Oktoberfest

The Katzenjammer Allstars performed live German Music to the many attendees of the annual Oktoberfest celebration, where participants learn about the importance of folk music and folk art in German culture…

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Scott Anderson Creative Residency

Internationally-renowned novelist and journalist Scott Anderson visited Wake Forest to meet with students and speak on his article Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart. He addressed the Wake Forest community at large…

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Mande Melody

The Cradle of Jazz Project brought 3 world-class musicians from Mali and two guest scholars to Wake. Their residency included a concert, three class visits to Music, Anthropology, and African Studies classes, and a lecture and Q&A at the Museum of Anthropology…

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Midsummer Performance

Students Anne Peyton Brothers and Erin Farmer performed a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Shane Lutz to accompany a talk by William Jordan the III on sustainability…

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A Conversation with Benjamin Franklin

Critically-acclaimed performer, Christopher Lowell, portrayed Benjamin Franklin in a free, one-man show on Tuesday, October 4th, at 7pm. The performance took place in the Kulynych Auditorium in the Byrum Welcome Center. Following the performance, there was a panel discussion…

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Rhyme of China

An evening of Traditional Chinese Music and Opera featuring members of the Chinese Instruments Symphony Orchestra of NC and the NC Peking Opera Society, followed by an opportunity for the audience to meet the artists and examine their instruments…

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Caridad Svich Creative Residency

Caridad Svich, OBIE-Award winning, Latina playwright and playwright of WFU Theatre’s production Spark, came to campus for a four-day residency that included guest lecturing the playwriting class, hosting a playwriting workshop, engaging the audiences of Spark…

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Alexandra Beller

Alexandra Beller, NYC dance artist, hosted a three-day residency that involved guest classes geared to Dance and Theatre students, rehearsal work with Christina Soriano and Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and a Q&A session and lecture about her creative practices…

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Megan Cramer Paisley Playwriting Workshop

Megan Cramer (‘99), led a two day playwriting workshop for Paisley’s Drama program, run by Tracy Wegner (‘18) and Stephanie Moore (‘18). It helped students with writing, acting, and directing skills, and brought structure and discipline to this WFU student-led theatre program…

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The Goldberg Project

This intergenerational dance and music event feaured J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, performed by WFU faculty pianist, Peter Kairoff. The piece featured Christina Soriano’s choreography, which united 31 child, community, and professional dancers from throughout the Triad…

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Thinktank 2016

Ping Chong joined Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students to watch Sharon Andrews’ Development & Performance class’s final performance, complete with reception and post performance discussion on how next year’s Collidescope can change and further the discussion of race on our campus…

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Theatre for Youth Project

The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet with Brook Davis’s Theatre for Youth class and Paisley Middle/High School. Directed by Heather Sullivan (‘16) and Alexa Erb (‘16). Final performances at Paisley and during Wake Forest’s annual Shakespeare Day…

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A Staged Reading of Hispanic Plays

In Greene 145, professor Sanhueza’s Spanish 347 class explored Spanish theatre with staged readings of relevant works. Features professor Leah Roy as both guest teacher and an actor alongside students…

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Shadow Ballads Course Enhancement

Combining the stylized visuals of American “crankies” and Indonesian shadow puppet theatre (wayang) with Kroncong and old-time instrumentation, the Shadow Ballad project celebrated various traditions in an April 19th performances. Wake Forest students and Winston-Salem…

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Lakota Voices and Hand Games From the Great Plains

On Wednesday, April 16th, four members of the Lakota Nation were on campus to perform alongside the Reynolda House’s exhibit George Catlin’s American Buffalo. The performers hosted an interactive night of games and play readings, and it was free and open to the public…

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Red Bird Blue Bird

April 14, 2014 at 7:30pm. Ring Theatre, Scales Fine Arts Center
An original play by Nina Foster, directed by Elizabeth Patterson and sponsored by IPLACe.
With cast members from Can I Poet…

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Greek and Roman Comedy Course Enhancement

Leah Roy directed/rehearsed a scene for Ted Gellar-Goad’s Greek and Roman Comedy class. Eli Bradley, Eric Bray and Isabella Basco presented two contrasting interpretations of a scene from Pseudolus. IPLACe also funded the commission of 6 authentic Greek masks for use in Dr. Gellar-Goad’s classes…

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Via Romen Performance

As part of the symposium “Global Governance, Democracy, and Equality: Roma/Gypsies in Contemporary Europe,” we brought in the musical group Via Romen. Via Romen, a Central and Eastern European group, is known for blending music based in traditional Romani performance…

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They Wouldn’t Bite

For her Senior Honors Project, Sarah Fine brought together Wake students and members of the community for a devised theater piece about inclusion and rejection. Featuring a cast of actors of varying abilities, the crew pulled together a script from interviews and “moment-work” rehearsals…

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IF Labs- Encounters with Creativity at WFU

IF Labs [Inventing Futures]: Encounters with Creativity at WFU was a week-long series to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Program for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE). Drawing together departments like ICE, Art, Biology, and Theatre & Dance, this week featured…

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Aging Symposium

Designed to determine what we are doing as a society to improve aging and to highlight the multi-disciplinary research happening here at Wake Forest in this field, the March 17-18 Aging Symposium featured four speakers from outside Wake Forest including one Voices of Our Time speaker…

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Romantic Music- Do We Know What We’re Doing

Will Crutchfield, the internationally acclaimed conductor, musicologist, author, journalist, and director of the Caramoor International Music Festival presented to Music and Journalism classes. Presentations included a singer focused presentation expressing 20th century changes…

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Carlos Perez and Poetry

Guitarist Carlos Perez returned to Wake Forest University for a performance in the Byrum Welcome Center! In addition to Perez’s internationally acclaimed guitar work, the performance featured readings of Spanish poetry with English translations provided in the program…

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Celebrating Maya Angelou

On Thursday, 2/19 at 6PM at SECCA, members of the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem communities honored the legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou. The evening featured readings of Angelou’s poetry by Wake Forest University students and faculty as well as members of the community…

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Waiting for Godot Collaborations

WFU Theatre’s production of Waiting for Godot runs from Friday, February 6th through Sunday, February 15th. During the run, IPLACe is sponsoring events for collaborators across campus to look at the show through the lenses of their own disciplines…

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The Looking Glass Self

Student Kim Korzen combined slam poets from WFU’s Can-I-Poet? with dancers to craft personal poetic narratives. The dancers and poets employed mirrors in their performances to explore their own identities and how they feel others view them in the Lower Dance Studio…

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Paige McGinley Book Talk

Scholar and author Paige A. McGinley was on campus to talk about her 2014 book Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism in which she explores the “creatively vibrant” history of blues performance. McGinley is an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis…

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Black Mountain Summer of 1948

On Wednesday, November 5th from 5:00-6:30PM in the Hanes Art Gallery, there was a performance to showcase student and faculty work in the style of Black Mountain College artists. The performance honored artists John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Willem De Kooning, and Erik Satie…

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Kyle Abraham

We were thrilled to bring in dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham to lead two masterclasses and panels in October 2014. Kyle’s work explores race, gender, sexuality, identity, and the human experience through movement…

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Be Steadwell- Finding Identity in Pop and Soul

Junior Clarielle Marsh, event organizer, invites you to come and enjoy a night of unique Pop & Soul. D.C. singer/songwriter Be Steadwell will be on campus in October to perform some of her original musical selections that shine light on the experiences of queer people of color…

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Being Here – Todd Drake Photography Exhibition

Photographer Todd Drake combined stills of associate chaplain Imam Khalid Griggs and Muslim Wake Forest students with the self-portrait project “To Be Rather Than to Seem.” Featuring a photo exhibit in the Hanes Art Gallery…

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Thinktank 2015

The annual IPLACe Thinktank serves to bring together voices from around campus. This year, we’re hosting performing artists and thought leaders to talk about how IPLACe can help solve problems and to celebrate what makes Wake Forest special…

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Capturing Grace – aperture Screening

This documentary tells the unlikely story of what happens when the world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group and people with Parkinson’s disease join forces to create a unique performance. Over the course of a year, the film captures the hopes, fears, frustrations and triumphs…

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Venice – The Floating City

We worked with Dr. Monique O’Connell’s FYS in the History Department to bring the performing arts to their study of early Venice. Check out these great photos from a class visit with student actors to bring the material to life…

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Dance and Art Airmail Course Enhancement Project

The Airmail course enhancement project brought together Christina Soriano’s Improvisational Dance class, Amy Beasley’s Advanced Modern dance class, and Leigh Ann Hallberg’s Life Drawing class for a semester-long collaboration. Life Drawing students were paired…

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(ID)entity

Under the direction of Professor Christina Soriano, Christopher Gonzalez La Corte created an original dance theatre piece about diversity, inclusion, hate, identity and the burden of having one…

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Office Warming Party

On Thursday, November 18th from 4:30-6:00PM, members of the Wake Forest community dropped by our new office to help break in the new space with food, drink, and good conversation. We are now located in Tribble A106 (to the left of DeTamble Auditorium)…

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Not in My Neighborhood- Racism and Real Estate

The Office of the Provost, the Wake Forest University Theatre, and IPLACe are proud to present “Not In My Neighborhood: Racism and Real Estate,” a series which seeks to establish a broader context for Wake Forest University Theatre’s production of Clybourne Park

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Student Salon Series

On the first Saturday of the month, IPLACe assistant Molly Dunn is in Campus Grounds from 2-3PM hosting a conversation on the arts on campus. She is joined by Wake Forest Campus Life Fellow Paige Horton. The event is open to all students, and all drinks and snacks are paid for by IPLACe…

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This Is Our Youth Talkback

On Friday, October 10th, there will be a post-show reception and talk-back featuring Dr. Terry Blumenthal, WFU Psychology professor. Come out and see This Is Our Youth in the Ring Theatre at 7:30, and stay to hear Dr. Blumenthal answer questions about the impact of drugs…

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Reading of A Man for All Seasons

Dr. Cindy Gendrich in the Department of Theatre and Dance and James Otteson in The Center for the Study of Capitalism collaborated on a staged reading of the play A Man For All Seasons on Friday, October 3rd…

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These Shining Lives Postshow Talkbacks

We sponsored a number of audience Q&A “talk-backs” during the run of the Wake Forest University Theatre’s These Shining Lives in September 2014 in interrogate the connections between the show and contemporary social issues…

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Theatre and Education Course Enhancement Project

In the fall of 2014, the Theatre, Dance, and Education departments continued their three-year collaboration to help pre-service education students develop strategies for teaching Shakespeare. Professors Woody Hood, Brook Davis, and Leah Roy led workshops for Dr. Alan Brown’s class…

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Broadway’s Next H!t Musical- Student Improv

The popular New York City improv group, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical visited campus on September 11th, 2014.
Along with its performance as part of the Secrest Series, the group offered an improv masterclass for students from 2:00-3:30 in the Ring Theatre…

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Contemporary Theatre in Spain Course Enhancement Project

In the Fall 2014 semester, Theatre professor Leah Roy brought students Jessi Wagner (’15) and Taylor Hagely (’15) to Dr. Sanhueza’s Spanish 342 class, “Contemporary Theater in Spain and Spanish America.” Leah Roy directed Jessi and Taylor’s in-class performance of a scene from the play Saverio el cruel

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Traversing- Carolina Musical Festival 2014

On August 18th, 2014, twelve dancers and choreographers, four musicians, and community volunteers came together to put on “Traversing,” a site-specific dance piece exploring West End Mill Works. Audience members were led through Hoot’s Roller Bar, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Olio glassblowing studios…

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Over-Under II

Wake Forest dance professor Amy Beasley choreographed, directed, and edited this short film at Experimental Film Virginia in August 2014. It has since been screened at…

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Viva Voce! A World Voice Day Celebration

In celebration of World Voice Day 2014, members of the Wake Forest University Departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, and the Wake Forest Baptist Health Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders led an exploration of the amazing human voice…

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Abigail Child

Abigail Child, filmmaker, media artist, poet and theorist came to campus as part of ‘Innovation Visionaries’ Series presented in collaboration with…

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The Last 5 Years

In The Last 5 Years by Jason Robert Brown, modern relationships are examined through a touching, raw lens as Jamie and Cathy struggle with balancing their relationships and their budding (or struggling) careers. In conjunction with the performance in Hanes Art Gallery…

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Classroom Management Course Enhancement

Secondary pre-service teachers (Education majors) got experience handling classroom management via various scenarios with the help of Theatre students. Theatre students served as the actors who played the role of students in a high school classroom. In each skit, the actors needed to react to the teacher and each other…

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Greek and Roman Comedy Course Enhancement Project

Theatre Professor Leah Roy worked with three student actors from the Theatre Department to prepare a reading from a scene of a comedy of Aristophanes. The students did a reading at a class meeting of Ted Gellar-Goad’s course Greek and Roman Comedy, and then led a class discussion…

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Embers and Stars

Petr Ginz was a marvel. He wrote novels and poetry, made linocuts and watercolors, invented designs for spaceships and secret codes. And he was murdered by the Nazis when he was only 16. Embers and Stars, The Story of Petr Ginz is a story about imagination and courage…

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Ursonate

Inspired by the Hanes Gallery exhibition Letterforming, Lynn Book performed a concert-style version of Kurt Schwitters’ sound poem Ursonate. Letterforming traces how pictures became letters that became text and are sometimes becoming pictures again…

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Hairspray

A film screening of the John Waters film Hairspray upon which the stage musical–and the subsequent movie musical–were based was held on October 29, in DeTamble Auditorium, with a lively discussion following…

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Spanish Ballads

Performance artist and ethnomusicologist Tomas Lozano played a variety of instruments (hurdy gurdy, guitar, traditional percussion instruments) and music styles from or linked to the Iberian Peninsula. He brings to life Iberian traditional music, as well as Spanish-language romances…

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Laramie – Inside Out

On October 9, 2013 IPLACe, along with Film Studies, Documentary Film, Department of Theatre and Dance, LGBTQ Center, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, hosted a film screening and discussion with Laramie Inside Out as a remembrance on the 15th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard…

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Identity Crisis

Music Professor and WFU Orchestra Director David Hagy accompanied Wake Alumni Natalie Cordone and Matt Mundy at Identity Crisis: A Night of Finding Yourself at the Theatre, a public recital of Broadway show tunes in Brendle Recital Hall…

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Divinity School and Theatre Course Enhancement Project

Professor Tom Frank invited Theatre Professors Sharon Andrews and Brook Davis to work with students in his Divinity School class, “Spirituality and Ministry in Theater, Film, and Visual Arts.” The master class on September 28, 2013 centered around the University Theatre’s production…

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Dancing with Parkinson’s

Theatre and Dance professor Christina Soriano continues to run the “Dancing with Parkinson’s” community class as part of a research project to see if regular participation in movement through dance can lessen some of the physical effects of Parkinson’s disease…

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Kevin Kopelson ‘Hollywood Hasbeens’ Lecture

This lecture, by renowned queer theorist and University of Iowa professor Kevin Kopelson, took place on September 13, 2013. After being introduced by WFU Reynolds Professor Herman Rapaport (English), Professor Kopelson delivered a presentation entitled, “Hollywood Has-Beens”…

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Kyle Haden (WFU ’99)

Roosevelt University Chicago, Viewpoints Residency, September 11-13. (Dance/Theatre/Documentary Film Petr Ginz project). Three separate classes; multiple external meetings with students and faculty…

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Matt Wolf Residency

While visiting Wake Forest on September 6-8, international theatre critic Matt Wolf engaged Journalism and Theatre students and faculty, and community members in a friendly conversation about his work as a London theatre critic for The New York Times

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Art Students & Theatre Course Enhancement Project

Theatre Professor Leah Roy and Art Professor Morna O’Neill collaborated on a project bringing Period and Style movement into Art 273: Eighteenth-Century European Art class during the Fall 2013 semester. Two sessions introduced students to a vocabulary for…

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Apartment House

Apartment House: an Evening of Dance and Music involved professional musicians and dancers from UNCSA and WFU’s departments of music and dance. A selection from John Cage’s 44 Harmonies from the work “Apartment House 1776”…

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Catherine Branch Residency

Music of Difference: Exploring the Beauty in Disability and Diversity with Catherine Branch, speaker/performer and Robert Bradshaw, speaker/composer. The project draws attention to the need for people in all disciplines to find beauty in disability and diversity and to look to music…

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Tango and More!

A concert featuring Latin American music for string quartet, piano, and voice including tango song arrangements by Argentine composer Aljandro Rutty, Associate Professor of Music-Composition at University of North Carolina at Greensboro…

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Zenaida Romeu

Zenaida Romeu, Cuban musician and director of the internationally acclaimed, all-woman string orchestra, Camerata Romeu, collaborated with WFU Music Professor and Concert Choir Director Brian Gorelick; Conductor Matt Troy and the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony Orchestra…

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Cole Porter revue, Let’s Misbehave

Reynolda House/Music/Theatre (Phil Archer/Cindy Gendrich/David Hagy/Leah Roy, multiple others) Edward Steichen and Cole Porter. A Cole Porter revue in conjunction with the Edward Steichen exhibit at Reynolda House, March 7, 2013…

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CageFest

Professor Louie Goldstein kicked off a semester long celebration of John Cage with a Musicircus event in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. September 28, 2012. Additionally, Stephen Drury hosted a master class open to all students…

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Dr. Thomas Moore Visit

Dr. Thomas Moore of Rollins College in Florida, one of the leading researchers in musical acoustics in the United States, is among a very few physicists for whom musical acoustics forms the basis of his research endeavors…

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Marisol

José Rivera’s award-winning play Marisol ran Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 3-7.
Rivera participated in an IPLACe-sponsored post-performance discussion immediately following the play on Fri., Oct. 5…

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