|The Universitys Gamelan Ensemble (shown here in rehearsal) will perform 35 p.m., 6:307:30 p.m. and 910:30 p.m. March 30 in the Social Work Building Lobby. Photo courtesy School of Music|
A pilot programunder the direction of Judith Becker, an ethnomusicologist and professor of music; program associate Frank Gunderson, a specialist on East African music; and a steering committee of faculty membershas been serving the needs of faculty and students interested in the growing discipline of performance studies, actively contrasting and comparing world performing arts.
Performance and performance styles are crossing borders and traveling at a rate and with a freedom that is unprecedented in history, Becker says. From the intensely local to the transnational, performers enact the reality of a changed global situation for the performing arts.
This contemporary and fluid situation is an example of one of the many relevant issues we wish to address.
With confirmation from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the CWPS will offer a free-standing, non-degree Graduate Certificate Program in World Performance Studies that can be combined with either a masters or doctoral degree, serving students who seek a stronger interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach. The program will draw on faculty from throughout the University and from such disciplines as ethnomusicology, dance, film, theater, anthropology, languages and area studies.
The new center will celebrate its founding 2:30 p.m.2 a.m. March 3031 with a series of simultaneous performances and lectures at the International Institute.
All events will be held March 3031 at the International Institute in the School of Social Work Building. For more information, call the Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS), (734) 936-2777, or visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~iinet/cwps.
2:305 p.m., Room 2609, Words About World Performance: Presentations by University faculty
2:30 p.m. Javier Sanjinez, Romance languages, Cholo Performanc2es in Contemporary Bolivia
3 p.m. Enoch Brater, theatre, Global Beckett
3:30 p.m. Alaina Lemon, anthropology, The Moscow Romani Theater
4 p.m. Steven Whiting, School of Music and the International Institute, Interdisciplinarity on Montmartre: The Cabaret and World Performance
4:30 p.m. Rich Crawford, School of Music, Nice Work if You Can Get It: The Performance Legacy of George Gershwin
35 p.m., Lobby, School of Music Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Judith Becker and featuring guest artists Sumarsam and I.M.Harjito
34 p.m., Room 1636, Michael Gould, Shakuhachi flute music from Japan
34 p.m., Room 1644, Koo Nimo, Ghanaian palmwine guitarist and CWPS artist-in-residence
45 p.m., Room 1636, Ermira Babali and Ensemble, Albanian songs of love, longing and celebration
4 p.m., Room 1644, Victor Ghannam, Middle Eastern music, modern and classical, on oud, def and kanun
5 p.m., Lobby, Robin Wilson, University dance choreographer, presents her latest work.
5:306:30 p.m., International Institute Gallery, inaugural remarks, libation ceremony conducted by Olabayo Olaniyi (Nigerian performance artist and CWPS artist-in-residence), reception
6:309 p.m., Room 2609, Bollywood, DVD film screening of Kaho Naa . . . Pyaar Hai, directed by Rakesh Roshan, with music by Rajesh Roshan. Introduction by Beth Genne, Department of Dance, arts and ideas concentration, Residential College, and Rahul Sinha, Center for South Asian Studies, International Institute
6:307:30 p.m., Lobby, Javanese Shadow Puppet Theatre (Wayang Kulit) accompanied by the Gamelan Ensemble, featuring special guest artists Sumarsam and I.M. Harjito
89:30 p.m., Lobby, Congolese Drumming and Dance Ensemble, Bichini Bia Congo, featuring Biza and Titos Sompa and Mbongi
910:30 p.m., Lobby, Javanese Shadow Puppet Theatre (Wayang Kulit) accompanied by the Gamelan Ensemble, featuring special guest artists Sumarsam and I.M. Harjito
10:30 p.m.2 a.m., Room 1636, World Techno Celebration, featuring Detroit artists Brian Tomsic, Carlos Souffrant and Domingo Yu
310 p.m., International Institute Gallery, international buffet
310 p.m., International Institute Gallery, world performance studies seminar fieldwork video installation