University of Calgary

Drama, dance and music seasons announced

UToday HomeJune 30, 2011

Courtesy the departments of drama, dance and music

The drama department’s 2011/2012 performance season will open with Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka’s The Swamp Dwellers, with music and dance that will intensify this snapshot of the growing pains of urbanization, modernization, and religious diversity in the Niger Delta.

Next comes a compelling tale from Canada’s history: Tomson Highway’s Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout. Chronicling the 1910 visit of Sir Wilfrid Laurier to the Thompson River Valley through the voices of four Shuswap women, this performance will utilize puppetry, masks, and the Pochinko clowning technique, inspired by indigenous traditions.

In Trojan Women, Gwendolyn MacEwen’s adaptation of the Euripides classic comes to life. The season will be rounded out in April with Taking Flight: A Festival of Student Work. This year, Taking Flight opens with a performance of Fair Liberty’s Call, part of a week-long celebration of acclaimed Canadian playwright Sharon Pollock.

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The dance department’s 2011/2012 season of performances opens with Dance Montage 2011 (Nov 24-26), a vital university tradition. Showcasing the talents of fledgling and familiar dancers and choreographers, the spirit of collaboration, experimentation, and breaking boundaries has kept Dance Montage relevant and wildly popular for 42 years.

In the new year, the dance department joins forces with W&M Physical Theatre and Flow Productions to present Professional Series: HERE TO STAY, part of the 26th Annual High Performance Rodeo (Jan 19-21). W&M artistic directors Melissa Monteros and Wojciech Mochniej, both university instructors, will be guiding this exciting collaboration.

Mainstage Dance (Mar 15-17) will feature works created by professional choreographers working with our own dance students, while Dance @ Noon (Apr 2-3) and Dance @ Night (Apr 4-5) feature new voices and new works in celebration of the academic year’s completion.

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The Department of Music’s 2011/2012 concert season will bring audiences the best of classical, world, organ, and jazz music. The UCalgary String Quartet, pianists Charles Foreman and Marilyn Engle, tenor Timothy Shantz, saxophonist Jeremy Brown, and the U of C Jazz Ensemble will all feature prominently this year.

Department of Music figures will also be joined by national and international sensations such as premier piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada; Duo Aperio, performing pieces by Astor Piazzolla, who revolutionized traditional tango and sparked the start of Nuevo Tango; internationally recognized pianist Anton Kuerti, who will take part in our Special Series; Juno award-winning Senator Tommy Banks; Montreal organist Jean-Willy Kunz; and celebrated New York jazz composer and big band conductor Maria Schneider.

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