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September 3, 2006

   

Performing Arts Series, Now Free to Tri-Co Students, Faculty and Staff, Opens Sept. 15

Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan's dance company brings its distinctive style of dance, which blends Afro-Caribbean movement and energy with the speed and precision of ballet and the rule-breaking experimentation of the postmoderns, to Goodhart Theater at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, to open the 2006-2007 Performing Arts Series. This year, for the first time, tickets to events in the series are free to students, faculty and staff of Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, series coordinator Lisa Kraus has announced.

Also featured in this year's series:

The Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra, Friday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Goodhart Theater

The Upright Citizens' Brigade, Friday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Goodhart Theater

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Goodhart Theater

Borealis String Quartet, Friday, March 23, 8 p.m., Thomas Great Hall

Tickets to individual events in the Performing Arts Series are $18 for the general public and $15 for seniors.  Subscription packages offer discounts, mix-and-match ticket flexibility and priority seating.  For tickets, call the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.

Garth Fagan Dance, Friday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m., Goodhart Theater
Now celebrating its 35 th season, Garth Fagan Dance is among the world's most dynamic modern dance companies, and has been featured on PBS' “Great Performances – Dance in America” and in performances worldwide.  Jamaican-born Fagan is best known as the 1998 Tony Award-winning choreographer of “The Lion King.”

"The ... Fagan dancers move as if they were born speaking Fagan's language and they love the feel of it in their bodies," wrote Elizabeth Kendall in Vogue.

Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra, Friday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Goodhart Theater
A high-energy celebration of world music, Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra unifies the beats and rhythms of North Indian tabla, Afro-Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe music into one distinct and joyous sound.

Two-time winners of Philadelphia City Paper's award for “Best World/Roots Music,” Spoken Hand has appeared at nearly every Philadelphia venue of note, including the Painted Bride Art Center, The Mann Center for the Arts, and the Welcome America Festival and has earned its national reputation through concerts and residencies at festivals, theaters, art centers and universities around the country.

Upright Citizens Brigade, Friday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Goodhart Theater
Dubbed “the best sketch comedy troupe working today” by Time Out magazine, the Upright Citizens Brigade's 90-minute shows boast some of the nation's freshest and most outrageous long-form improv.

In addition to touring, the troupe's performance credits include “Late Night with Conan O'Brien” and the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” as well as its own Comedy Central program from 1998 to 2000 and countless shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Friday, Feb. 16,
8 p.m., Goodhart Theater
Called “The Keeper of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine , Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana has performed to sold-out audiences worldwide since 1983.

Known for their smoldering sensuality and polish, the group's powerful dancers and musicians address universal themes of pride, sorrow, love and death in their emotional performances.

Borealis String Quartet, Friday, March 23, 8 p.m., Thomas Great Hall
The Borealis String Quartet has established itself as an ensemble praised for its dynamic performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation.  They received national attention in their native Canada as finalists in the “CBC Great Canadian Music Dream Competition.”

“The Borealis String Quartet…served notice with the lighting attack of the initial bars that they were not going to let anyone cling to their sober stereotypes of classical music and chamber quartets.  The musicians practically flew out of their chairs, so vigourous and physical was their playing,” wrote The Globe and Mail.

Tickets to individual events in the Performing Arts Series are $18 for the general public, $15 for senior citizens, and free for Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore students, faculty and staff. Subscription packages offer discounts, mix-and-match ticket flexibility and priority seating. For tickets, call the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.

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