To celebrate Bryn Mawr College’s 125th anniversary, the Performing Arts Series presents works by two gifted alumnae who are making their marks in the worlds of theater and music, works by two women heralded as visionaties worldwide, and an evening of music from 1885, the year of the college’s founding. We hope you’ll join us for events that will delight, challenge and inspire you.
Fresh from its Live Arts Festival premiere, Chicken is the brainchild of alumna Charlotte Ford, who creates avant-garde slapstick performance art. A consummate actress, Ford leads her band of collaborators in expressionistic clown play set on a nuclear-powered submarine where ‘kitchen sink drama becomes gladiatorial bloodbath.’ Catch this rising star whose Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl was a hit of the 2008 Live Arts Festival and whose performing has been termed “a revelation” in Citypaper.
"Funny and startling ... had people in the audience both helpless with laughter and totally unnerved." —Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Read more about Charlotte Ford and Chicken »
Thirty dancers and musicians from Pnom Penh bring a magical tale from the Cambodian Ramayana to life in choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro’s newest work, Lives of Giants. Reflecting her country’s turbulent past, Shapiro strips away layers of elaborate traditional costuming and the formal vocabulary of classical Cambodian dance to examine how the perpetuation of violence leads to the erosion of the sublime. Shapiro’s work with her Khmer Arts Ensemble is at once experimental and spiritual, classical, complex, powerful and spare. She was named a 2009 National Heritage Fellow, a lifetime award made by the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of exceptional artistic excellence.
“A stunning new program of Cambodian dance and music. Shapiro’s journey unfolds like a moving painting. Exquisite.” —New York Times
Many campus and community events are planned in conjunction with Khmer Arts Ensemble’s residency. Read more about Khmer Arts at Bryn Mawr »
Johannes Brahms completed his Fourth Symphony, the last of his symphonies and arguably his magnum opus, in 1885, the year Bryn Mawr College was founded. Its first performance was in a two-piano transcription, the same version we will hear in the magnificently renovated Goodhart Hall. Keyboard virtuosi Ran Dank, a Young Concert Artists Award winner who debuted at Merkin Concert Hall in 2009, and Vassilis Varvaresos, first prize winner in Athens’ 2010 Chairogiorgou-Sigara InternationalPiano Competition, will round out the evening with Brahms Waltzes.
A Steinway Spotlight Performance sponsored by Jacobs Music Company.
“Ran Dank made a marvelous showing, his firebrand flair balanced by exquisite stylistic taste.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Varvaresos engaged his audience with a performance that sizzled from start to finish.”—New York Concert Review
Read more about Ran Dank and Vassilis Varvaresos.
A groundbreaking performance when it premiered in 1973, Education of the Girlchild features Meredith Monk’s exhilarating voice, stirring presence, and the seamless melding of dance, music and visual theater for which she is renowned. Monk’s creation, one of the most influential works in the performance art movement, poetically conjures cycles of growth and change in a woman’s life. MacArthur ‘genius’ Monk will perform her solo from Education of the Girlchild, and with her Vocal Ensemble, music and movement selections from Key (1970) and Vessel (1971), revisiting the source of her prolific and original outpouring.
“…[Girlchild] is art at its best, art that pulses with energy and sets up sympathetic vibrations whichecho and reverberate down into our innermost selves.”—NY Metropolitan Review #30, 1972
As a Katherine Houghton Hepburn Fellow, Monk will be in residence at Bryn Mawr conducting workshops and symposia open to the public. Read more about Meredith Monk at Bryn Mawr »
In their return to Bryn Mawr, alumna Rosi Amador and her husband, composer Brian Amador, bring their newest multimedia, pan-Latin musical suite centered on a favorite topic—food! Performed by the six members of Sol y Canto along with the Sweet Plantain String Quartet, Sabor y Memoria (Flavor and Memory): A Musical Feast in Seven Courses, touches on issues of memory and nostalgia for one’s home country, immigration, hunger, cooking, and of course, chocolate! The concert will be followed by a Bryn Mawr Birthday Fiesta.
This performance made possible with funding from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
“Unfailingly inspiring”—Billboard magazine
“Sublime ambassadors of pan-Latin tradition. Rosi has a voice like clean spring water: it’s smooth, it’s clear and, somehow, you come to believe that it’s necessary for life.”—The Boston Globe.
More about Sol y Canto:
On Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m. Sol y Canto, who will be performing the next night to close the 2010-11 Performing Arts Series, offers an engaging and participatory performance workshop on the roots of Latin American and Caribbean music. This event is free and open to the public and takes place in the McPherson [...]
Nationally celebrated pan-Latin musical group Sol y Canto, led by Rosi Amador ’81 and her husband Brian, brings its multimedia musical suite Sabor y Memoria (Flavor and Memory): A Musical Feast in Seven Courses to Goodhart Hall on Friday, March 25, at 8 p.m. as part of Bryn Mawr’s Performing Arts Series. The six-member Sol [...]