The 2014-2015 Arts at Bryn Mawr brochure is available for download here.
Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia 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.
Soul-stirring, show-stopping choreographer/dancer Camille A. Brown addresses the politics of pleasure and contemporary notions of beauty for black women in her newest work Black Girl, seen here prior to its New York premiere. Sharing the bill is Mr. TOL E. RAncE melding comedy, animation and historical dance styles with live music to look at what black performers have had to tolerate from the past to the present.
This presentation made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project.
This curated sampler of what’s new in Philly and New York performance offers two different nights of mostly 12-minutes-max sets that cross boundaries between theater, dance and music. On a smaller scale, scruffier and more adventurous than the Series’ usual, each show includes free food and drink, and ends with a DJ’d dance party.
The dark complexity and expressive power of Gyorgy Ligeti’s Quartet No. 2 combines with the sprightliness of Beethoven’s early Quartet in G Major opus 18 and the lush sonority of Dvorak’s Quartet No. 13 in G Major in this concert of emotionally resonant works. The Jasper String Quartet, formed at the Oberlin Conservatory and recipient of multiple honors, plays with sparkling vitality and great verve.
Emel Mathlouthi’s voice spells revolution and freedom. This young singer/songwriter’s “Kelmti Horra” (“My Word is Free”) became an anthem of the Arab Spring. Growing up in the suburbs of Tunis and performing from the age of 8, she moved to France at the age of 25 and now performs globally with her band. Her powerhouse presence and inventive melding of rock, Asian and trip-hop come through as she sings in Arabic, French and English.
Members of Piffaro, the Renaissance band that provided authentic period music for the Globe Theater’s recent productions on Broadway, kick off our evening with music as Shakespeare would have enjoyed it. Jim Christy, known for staging skilled renditions of the Bard’s works, directs leading actors in sonnets and scenes. And just as many of Shakespeare’s plays ended with a “masque,” so our celebration concludes with dances taught by a Renaissance dancing master. Bring your dancing shoes or just sit back and enjoy.
The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series gratefully acknowledges support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for its 2014-2015 season.