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September 29, 2010

UMBC's Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Presents "Creative Acts: Site Specific Dance and Music in the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park"

Please note: Because of rain, this event will be postponed until Thursday, October 21st at 4 pm.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
4-5 p.m.
Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

Joseph Beuys Sculpture ParkUMBC's Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Creative Acts: Site Specific Dance and Music in the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park, a celebration featuring performance art inspired by the location. The Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park, located on the south side of campus, was established in 2001.

Creative Acts: Site Specific Dance and Music in the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park features two acts, the first entitled Thirty Oaks, a dance and music collaboration, and the second entitled Songs from a Public Diary, which makes use of writings from comment books left in the park since its inception. The event will end with a talk-back with the performers.

Act One: Thirty Oaks
The first segment of the presentation showcases Thirty Oaks, a site-specific work that celebrates the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park with dance, music and visual imagery. This project joins choreographer Meghan Flanigan, sound artist Timothy Nohe, and visual artist Antoinette Suiter in a multidisciplinary collaboration involving UMBC dance students and Baltimore musicians. Elements will spring from and be united with the space itself: the dancers will move through, around, and with the trees, weaving a moving sculpture that reflects the patterns of trees and rocks. The musicians will likewise move through the space, creating sounds from a visual score inspired by both Fluxus practices and the shape of the oak leaves in the park. The audience will be scattered among the trees to watch the emerging movements and sounds from their unique perspective.

Thirty Oaks features choreography by Meghan Flanigan, UMBC adjunct faculty member and Imaging and Digital Arts MFA candidate; dance performance by Kate Brundrett, Ravae Duhaney, Josephine N. Kalema, Emily Kimak, Franki Trout; a sound composition for four musicians (Rose Hammer Burt, Tiffany DeFoe, John Dierker, Will Redman) by Timothy Nohe, UMBC associate professor; sculptural costumes and sets by Antoinette Suiter, visual artist and Imaging and Digital Arts MFA candidate. This portion of the event is supported in part by the TKF Foundation.

Act Two: Songs from a Public Diary
Song 1: Dear Lover; Song 2: I Wish He Could See; Song 3: A Day in the Journal

Songs from a Public Diary features musical settings of texts taken from a public journal preserved in the park. For years, students, faculty, staff, and visitors have written in the journal, with entries ranging from letters of appreciation for the beautiful space and its peaceful atmosphere to college trials and tribulations.

Senior UMBC Linehan Artist Scholars and music composition majors Charles Miller and Shane Parks have taken three of these journal entries and set them to music. Inspired by the language, tone, design, and emotion of the posts, the composers sought to capture the rare honesty displayed in the writings.

CADVC Executive Director Symmes Gardner will deliver remarks between the two acts. A talk-back will follow the entire event at 5:15 in the Fine Arts Building Amphitheatre.

General Public Information
Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in the Commons Garage.
UMBC Arts website:
Phone: 410-455-3188
Rain date: Thursday, October 21st

-- From I-95 take exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the UMBC Theatre. Parking is available in The Commons Garage.
-- From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mile to the entrance of UMBC at the roundabout intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Hilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the UMBC Theatre. Parking is available in The Commons Garage.
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Posted by tmoore at September 29, 2010 9:16 PM