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August 18, 2005



A performance by Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul will open Bryn Mawr's Performing Arts Series on Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. in Goodhart Theater. The series brings some of the nation's finest performing artists and musicians to the Main Line.

Tickets to individual events are $15 for the general public, $12.50 for senior citizens and Bryn Mawr faculty and staff, and $5 for Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore students. Subscription packages offer discounts, mix-and-match ticket flexibility and priority seating. For tickets, call the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.

Season Opener: Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Friday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m., Goodhart Theater

Eileen Ivers

Called a "sensation" by Billboard magazine and "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by the New York Times, fiddler Eileen Ivers has been hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and world music genres. The development of her globally infused, traditional Irish sound has received international critical acclaim since the late 1980s. A touring headliner, she has recording credits on more than 80 contemporary and traditional albums and has affiliations with the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, Riverdance, The Chieftains, Paula Cole, Patti Smith, Hall and Oates, and Cherish the Ladies.

In 1999, Ivers formed a touring troupe in New York City to present her signature sound. This collective, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, which encompasses Irish instrumentalists, soulful American vocals and a mix of African and Latin percussion and bass, has performed at major arts centers, as guests of symphonies, at festivals worldwide and on national and international television programs.

Philadanco: Southern Landscape, Friday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., Goodhart Theater

Philadanco Performers

From its founding in 1970 as a grassroots community-based performing company, Philadanco has developed into one of America's most respected dance ensembles. For 35 years, the company has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, performing as many as 50 concerts annually to sold-out audiences. Dance Magazine has described Philadanco as "a miracle of skill and energy" having "built its success on the ability to do everything."

As part of a special collaboration among Philadanco, Bryn Mawr College scholars and archivists from Temple University libraries, the company is performing a reconstruction of Talley Beatty's 1947 masterwork Southern Landscape.

This early work by the influential African-American choreographer chronicles the trials and joys of emancipated slaves immediately following the Civil War. Included in its five dance vignettes is the powerful solo "The Mourner's Bench," which has become a modern dance classic on its own.

Pig Iron Theatre Company: Flop, A play without words. Sort of, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Goodhart Theater

When a series of comic disasters imperils life on Earth, three unlikely heroines race against time to save the world. Flop: A play without words. Sort of features three of Philadelphia 's finest and funniest performers: Nichole Canuso of Headlong Dance Theatre, Lee Etzold, the founding member of New Paradise Laboratories, and Pig Iron's Parisian clown and cabaret singer, Emmanuelle Delpech-Ramey.

Named after the counterbalance weight that is used backstage to maneuver scenery, Pig Iron Theatre Company is equal parts indie-rock band, modern-dance troupe, performance seminar and comedy act. Describing itself as a "dance-clown-theater ensemble," the company has created shows that range from visual spectacles in Philadelphia's Arden Theater to sprawling installations in underground catacombs to tiny puppet presentations at a creperie.

Since its founding in 1995, the company has toured festivals and theaters in Brazil, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania and Scotland. Winner of the 2004 Obie and other national and international awards, Pig Iron Theatre recently has created work at residencies such as Toni Morrison's Atelier Program, the Joseph Papp Public Theater and Dance Theater Workshop in New York.

Seán Curran Company, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., Goodhart Theater

Sean Curran Performers

Known for his wit, intelligence and uncanny physical humor, Seán Curran began his career as a champion Irish step dancer in Boston and went on to become a leading dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and later a cast member of STOMP!

Since its founding in 1997, the Seán Curran Company has presented more than a dozen premieres in 45 different venues throughout the United States, Germany and France and has been commissioned for new works by The Joyce Theater, the New York Victory Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space, Central Park Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn.

In addition to the repertory he has built for his company of nine dancers, Curran has choreographed on Broadway for James Joyce's The Dead and for New York City Opera's L'Étoile.

Alexander String Quartet, Friday, March 31, 8 p.m., Thomas Great Hall

Alexander Quartet Members

One the leading ensembles of its kind, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in major music capitals throughout North America and Europe. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven and Shostakovich, the quartet also has become an important advocate of new music through more than two dozen commissions and numerous premiere performances.

At home in San Francisco, its members serve as Ensemble-in-Residence of San Francisco Performances and as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center in San Francisco State University's College for Creative Arts.

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