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Friday, May 25, 2012
“China Showcase”: What a Beautiful Jasmine Flower:
A Celebration of Chinese Culture through Music & Dance
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Berkner Hall Auditorium

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the BERA Asian Pacific American Association invites you to join us at CHINA SHOWCASE: WHAT A BEAUTIFUL JASMINE FLOWER.

Complete your work week at our “grand finale” alive with music, dance, and oratory performances by professionals and local artists in this special program dedicated to the unique culture of China.  Indulge your senses with the warmth of traditional Chinese folk arts to the electrifying avant-garde interpretations of this ancient art form.  For more information, contact Joanne Beebe-Wang at (ext. 3646) or Wei Chen at (ext. 4213). 

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NOTE: This event is FREE and open to the public.  Government-issued identification documents, which includes a photograph, such as a passport or driver's license is required for site access for those 16 years of age and older.

Rangoon at the Clurman Theater

Watch our very own SUNITA S. MUKHI, Director of Wang's Asian And Asian American Programs, in the world premiere of Rangoon written by Mayank Keshaviah and directed by Raul Aranas. Rangoon tells of a family of Indian emigres who must deal with seductions of American life, while trying to keep their heritage alive. Funny and tragic— a quintessential 21st century American tale.

Presented by the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre.

May 25 - June 17, 2012.

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Monday, April 30, 6pm, Wang Theater

Indian Classical Dance Recital

You are cordially invited to an Indian Classical Dance Recital by students of AAS 209, taught by Malini Srinivasan. During this semester, students learned  movements and gestures of the South Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam. At the recital, different group choreographies are presented, and some students are also performing poems that they have choreographed themselves.

Previously in Spring 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Center for India Studies Annual Benefit Dinner

Center for India Studies Gala

RSVP by Mail:
Please print the attached RSVP card, fill it in, and mail
with your dinner/sponsorship/donation check

For further information contact James Pearce
E5350 Melville Library
Stony Brook, NY, 11794-3386

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Sunday, April 15, 2 pm and 5pm, Wang Theatre

Shakespeare's COMEDY OF ERRORS
in the style of Korean Masked Dance Drama TALCHUM


Performed by Stony Brook University's Actor's Conservatory
Directed by Chan Lee

This delightful interpretation of Shakespeare's COMEDY OF ERRORS is done in the style of the famed Korean Mask Dance Drama named TALCHUM. With its origins as a morality play by Buddhist monks and for exorcism in Korea, these dramas encourage audiences to laugh at themselves  while performers rhythmically jump, leap and squat to the sounds of a small percussion group. Thus this Talchum version of the Comedy of Errors is accompanied by the pulsating rhythms of SBU's own Korean drumming ensemble DDKY.  Featuring pianist and Stony Brook idol finalist Kyle Manly and SB idol contest winner Taylor Coonska with dance by Andrew Meeth.

You cannot miss this innovative amalgam of Easter and Western Performance!
Free and open to all!   

March 17, 2012 Dancers

Festival of the Moving Body: Performance, Public Festival Workshops, Lectures, Films, Installations

Explore the Dynamic Relationship Between Movement, Creativity, and Good Health. Join us for a day of movement and discovery as Stony Brook University presents The Festival of the Moving Body.

Through this daylong event, participants will learn how movement, creativity, and imagination impact holistic health, recovery, and well-being.

Experts from around the globe will share their ideas, research, creative work, and interdisciplinary thinking through film, dance, media, interactive art installations, somatic education and therapy, visual art, panel discussions, music, classes, and performance.


The Festival is open to all participants (15 years and older) who are interested in improving their minds and bodies. Come join us for a day of fun and learning, as we explore the moving body's potential for creativity and health.

Registration fee is $15 by March 13 or $20 at the door. Registration begins at 9 am.

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The Wang Center also sponsors the premiere of Existenz, the summit performance of the festival, on Friday, March 16, 2012. For details or to purchase tickets to Existenz, please click here.

As a co-sponsor of the Festival of the Moving Body, the Wang Center’s Asian and Asian American Program Office highlights the Asian Themed programs in the festival.

The Healing Power of Moving Body: A Clinical Case Report
Wenyi Wang, MD, and Zhiyuan Wang, MD

10 am to 10:45 am, Lecture Hall 2

The effects of Falun Gong practice on the diagnosed disease of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  

Screening: For Water (Short Film)
Director and Choreograph: Natalie Metzger; Dancers: Lisa Long, Anne Moore, Dew Nurnaeny, Cherise Richards, Helda Yossiana; Composer: Robert Allaire
10 am, Wang Theater

A collaboration between dancers from Indonesia and America, For Water is inspired by the importance of water to the islands of Indonesia and to water-starved California. The film follows a pilgrimage of five spirits to a sacred place to perform their ritual for water.

From The Hip: Initiating Movement In Martial Arts
William Trevino

11 am to 11:45 am, Wang 101

This lecture/demonstration will introduce movement scholars to the function of the hips in the traditional Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan. The presenter—a 4th degree black belt certified as a master instructor by the Korean Soo Bahk Do Association—will demonstrate several techniques throughout the lecture. He will specifically examine how movements in Soo Bahk Do are initiated by the hips and coordinated with the rest of the body in order to maximize speed and power.

Spiral Praxis: Modern Flow Techniques For Bodymind
Yuji Oka and Stephanie Gottlob

11 am to 11:45 am, Wang Chapel

Spiral Praxis is a cutting-edge, contemporary bodymind system that accelerates the process of bringing conscious learning into the unconscious mind. Originally developed as a method for modern dance training, Spiral Praxis explores the dynamics of oscillatory spiral forms to bring people to higher states of free flow. The universal nature of its reflex learning techniques allows Spiral Praxis to span a broad mix of interdisciplinary fields of study including meditation, yoga, athletics, psychology, dance, art & philosophy and injury rehabilitation.

In this workshop, founders Stephanie Gottlob and Yuji Oka will explain the practice and philosophy of Spiral Praxis and its unique power to spur recovery, health, personal growth and creativity. By elucidating the fundamental concepts of spiral flow, learning reflexes, internal flow patterning, fractal bodymind hierarchy and more, they will demonstrate how people can use Spiral Praxis to alter their experience and perceptions within a diverse range of human activities.

Health of Mind, Body and Spirit: Chinese Perspectives
Jingduan Yang, Tao Institute of Body/Mind Medicine

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Lecture Hall 1

Ancient Chinese civilization and medicine has a unique view and understanding of human life. The integration of mind, body and spirit with nature determined the lifestyle, arts, music, and healthcare of Chinese people throughout their history. In this presentation, Yang will describe some of the healing arts from traditional Chinese medicine.

Nama-Rupa: Form And Content In The Dancer’s Moving Body
Rajyashree Ramesh

12:40 to 2:00 pm, Nassau Hall 104 in South Campus

Preregister by contacting the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning at (631) 632-7392.

The moving body of the dancer creates forms. Dance at the same time uses movement selectively when instilling meaning by associating form with content. An analysis of the outer shaping and expressivity as seen in Indian dance traditions, demonstrates the forms created by the body as being expressions of inner connectivity patterns, imagery and/or emotional states of being. The performance workshop will therefore focus on form and the process of form-giving for content. The notion of space and emotion in Indian dance will be explored based on current research on gestures, emotions, and movement. The aim is to experience how the body integrates the mind to become both the “core” and “tool” to experiential embodied knowledge and well-being.

Tetsuro Fukuhara: Space Dance Project Art Installation
Tetsuro Fukuhara

1:45 PM, Wang Theater Lobby

The Space Dance project combines “Dance + Architecture + Information + Design” in a multi-disciplinary collaboration with dancers, artists, scientists, technicians, and researchers.

Dance Space Project: Butoh Workshop and Site-Performance
Tetsuro Fukuhara
Description to come.
3 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang 301

Body Chatter: What Does Your Body Want You To Know?
Shuling Wu

2 pm to 2:45 pm, Wang 103

This introductory workshop will guide participants to developing a dialogue between the body and the mind. We will learn about body-mind connections and we will also explore a body scan meditation. Participants will begin to listen to sensations felt within the body and they experience day to day life.

The Power of Healing Through Movement
Nalini Prakash and Aarthi Muthkumaran

3 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang Chapel

This workshop/presentation shares the inspiring experiences a young artist, Aarthi Muthukumaran, who suffered a massive stroke in December 2005. Her story demonstrates the therapeutic qualities of dance/movement, and the innate healing powers of the classical Indian art forms (especially Bharatanatyam). In 2009, Bharatanatyam dancer/teacher began her work with Aarthi, using the central principle of Dance/Movement Therapy: the therapist must meet an individual where he/she is most comfortable and capable, and work from strengths rather than weaknesses. This practice of D/MT and Bharatanatyam brought Aarthi healing, increasing her confidence and enabling her to perform before an audience of loved ones and supporters a mere 6 years after her stroke. Together, Aarthi and Nalini demonstrate dance and movement as a holistic approach in rehabilitation, and the power of healing.

Film Screening: My Playground (2010)
Director: Kaspar Astrup Schöder
3 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang Theater

Mainly set in Copenhagen the film follows Team JiYo (Parkour) as they explore the city and encounter the obstacles it presents. Award winning architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG Architects, is fascinated by the way Team JiYo convey architecture and takes the team to his buildings, to explore and unfold their skills, that may be just as groundbreaking as the architecture itself. The film travels around the world from Denmark to Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and China to explore where the urban mobility is heading.


Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

Give A Heart To The Ties That Bind
A benefit dance for the upcoming SINGGALOT EXHIBITION at the Wang Center
Bolero Dance Lesson by
"Stephanie Falciano & Vincent Antonelli"
Dance Performances and Social Dancing
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
at the
Brookhaven Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory
6:30 - 7:15 pm, Cold hero Buffet Dinner, dessert, coffee, etc.;
7:30 - 8:30 pm, “Bolero” lessons by Stephanie Falciano & Vincent Antonelli;
8:30 - 8:45 pm, Dance Show by Magda Schoeneich & Peter Biedrzycki;
8:45 - 9:00 pm, Dance Show by Stephanie Falciano & Vincent Antonelli;
9:00 - 12:00 mid, Social dancing; Digital - DJ dance mix – Ballroom, Latin,
Swing (ECS/WCS), Hustle, Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, etc..
Tickets: $20 per person, covers dance lessons, food buffet, and all! Only 150 tickets will be
sold; if sold out before the event, there will be no tickets available at the door. Get your
tickets asap! For more info, email Rudy Alforque at, or call (631) 320-7290.
*This event is sponsored by the BNL Social & Cultural Club, and is open to the general public;
visitors to the Lab 16 years old and older must bring a photo ID.
**The Wang Center has been approved by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
(SITES) to exhibit “Singgalot: The Ties that Bind - Filipinos in America, from Colonial Subjects
to Citizens” from February 12 to April 22, 2012.
Directions to BNL:
Go to LIE Exit 68 North (There are signs to: Brookhaven National Laboratory). About 2.4
kilometers (1 1/2 miles) down William Floyd Parkway, turn right (before the second light) to BNL's
gate. Present your picture ID(driver's license) to the guard. From the Guard Booth, go straight,
turn left at the first light; A few meters down the road, on your left, is the Brookhaven Center.

Presented by The BNL Social & Cultural Club
at Brookhaven National Laboratory


Spring 2012 Internship: Presenting Asian/American Programs at the Charles B. Wang Center

Join the Wang Center in a hands-on 1-3 credit internship (up to 10 hours per week) implementing Asian and Asian-American cultural programming including cultural performances, festivals, film screenings, lectures, documentaries, and exhibitions.

For details, please see our flier.


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