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Performing Arts Series

Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, creating an environment in which the value of the arts is recognized and celebrated. Talks and workshops provided free to the public help develop arts awareness and literacy. The Series works to lower barriers to arts access through its partnership with Art-Reach, a nonprofit dedicated to improving arts accessibility for people of all ages and circumstances, and through its low ticket prices.

The 2015-2016 Arts at Bryn Mawr brochure is available for download here.

Performing Arts Series 2015-2016

Join us for a season of adventures in motion and cross-cultural encounters, a collection of virtuosic live performances that move the mind and spirit.

Trisha Brown Dance Company, Present Tense, Photo by Nan Melville

SERIES SPOTLIGHT
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Proscenium Works, 1979–2011

FRI-SAT • OCT 23-24 • 8PM
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

Trisha Brown is an American original whose daring, innovative work changed the course of dance. This performance spans three successive decades and the sweep of Brown’s major dances for the stage. Included are the beloved Set and Reset (1983, music by Laurie Anderson) with its bold partnering; If you couldn’t see me, the last solo Brown choreographed for herself (1994, music and visual presentation by Robert Rauschenberg); and Present Tense (2003,
music by John Cage). Proscenium Works, 1979–2011 reveals a career’s worth of brilliant, continually inventive choreography—and this is Brown’s company’s final Proscenium Works, 1979–2011 Tour.

Presented as part of Trisha Brown: In the New Body, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music
SAT • DEC 5 • 8PM
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

Poetry comes to life through music. Two new compositions by Arab-American composers Kareem Roustom and Kinan Abou-afach, inspired by Andalusian poetry (muwashshahat), bring a classical Arab chamber ensemble and a Western choir together for an invigorating cross-genre collaboration. Words Adorned features Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble, The Crossing choir (under the direction of Donald Nally), and a solo guest vocalist.

Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with additional support from The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.

 

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Annie Wilson
Lovertits
THURS-SAT • JAN 28-30 • 8 PM
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

Bold. Hilarious. Fearless. The runaway hit of the 2014 Fringe Festival, Lovertits draws on Burlesque’s pro-sex, body positive over-the-top subversiveness and postmodern dance’s smart, cerebral, awkward choreographies. Lovertits says: having a body, being a body is awesome—and not a little strange. Performers turn their breasts into eyes, their vaginas into purses, their bodies into landscapes, all the while asking: Why does the performance of sexiness look so different from the actual act of sex?


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Dance and the Spirit

FRI • FEB 26 • 8PM
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

Ronald K. Brown’s dances exude a deep spiritual seriousness while focusing on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. This program includes Brown’s signature Grace and his moving recent collaboration with jazz pianist Jason Moran, The Subtle One. Gia Kourlas of the New York Times writes of the Brooklyn-based choreographer’s “magnificently textured style, which shifts from earthy, raw-powered movement to jumps that send dancers sailing into the air like spirits.”



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Imani Winds
Considered (mostly) Modern

FRI • APR 1 • 8PM
Thomas Great Hall

Considered North America’s premier wind quintet, GRAMMY®-nominated Imani Winds has taken a unique path with its dynamic playing, adventurous collaborations, and cross-cultural artistry. The immaculately tight group reveals its stylistic agility and daring in works by composers including Hector Villa-Lobos, Elliot Carter, and the young, celebrated French composer Thierry Escaich.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The 2015-2016 Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

The presentation of Trisha Brown Dance Company is presented as part of the year-long project Trisha Brown: In the New Body. Support for Trisha Brown: In the New Body has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music from Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is made possible largely by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.

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TRAVEL AND ACCESSIBILITY NOTES

  • For area and campus maps and directions, visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/campus/visiting.shtml.
  • The address for Goodhart Hall for GPS is 150 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
  • Thomas Great Hall is located at the center of the Bryn Mawr Campus, up either the walkway and stairs to the left as you exit Goodhart Hall's atrium entrance or up the ramped walkway to the right.
  • The entrance to the Hepburn Teaching Theater is located on the right side of Goodhart Hall and is fully accessible with a ramp.
  • Parking lots are located at the college's Gateway Building at 801 Yarrow Street (Morris and Yarrow) and at the Campus Center at 816 New Gulph Road.
  • Accessible entrances are located on the right sides of both Goodhart and Thomas.
  • For accessibility issues or directions when the office is not staffed, contact campus safety at 610-526-7911.