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FALL 2008

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September 21
Angraag: Songs of the Body
angraag dancersRudrakshya, an all-male Odissi dance ensemble from the East Indian state of Orissa, passionately convey the rarely seen Purush Ang, the male stylization of Odissi, the oldest classical dance. Using expressive eye movements, precise hand positions, complex rhythms and sculpturesque poses, Rudrakshya has wowed audiences in India and America through their renditions of a number of classical compositions celebrating the masculine divine and other Hindu sagas. These electrifying reinterpretations of classical stories in Hindu culture preserve the integrity of Odissi while innovating new pieces for the Purash Ang form and were choreographed by their mentor Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain, one of the leading exponents in the next generation of Odissi dance. Co-sponsored with Indian Performing Arts Promotions Inc., the Center for India Studies, and the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.

"The dancers' vigor and precision came to the fore as the choreography
focused intensely on footwork and form, culminating in a series of windmilling arm movements that used the upper body...accentuating the virtues of the male pectoral anatomy in classical dance."
–Samskriti: Society for Indian Performing Arts

"Gifted with natural grace, a fluid body language and passion for perfection"–The Hindu

Tickets: $10 for students & seniors; $15 general admission; $25 VIP
(reserved front row seating) Purchase tickets online
Sunday, September 21, 6:00 pm, Wang Theatre

October 23
hungerNew York-based Japanese contemporary choreographers and dancers Eiko and Koma reunite with their protégés Charian and Peace, two Cambodian visual artists-turned-performers, to explore the visceral subject of hunger. Hunger revisits Eiko and Koma's groundbreaking and controversial Grain, which explored this self-same theme more than 20 years ago. Now expanded to a quartet that incorporates Javanese Gamelan music and live painting, Hunger addresses not only our survival but also our essential desires: At any age, we are all hungry for knowledge, innocence, beauty, and intimacy. Hunger is a Joyce Theater 25th anniversary commission. Co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Produced by Inta, Inc. in association with the Asia Society. Co-sponsored by the Japan Center. Download flier.

"As much of a tour de force as we have come to expect of these distinguished artists, who remain in the forefront of contemporary dance by virtue of their daring, imagination and originality... The power of their work derives, aside from the prodigious muscular and rhythmic control of the performances, from the uncompromising purity of their vision"–The Washington Post

Delicious Movement Workshop: Wednesday, October 22, 12:45 pm to 2:10 pm
Free with purchase of concert ticket, otherwise $10.00 for all. Reservations highly recommended. Please reserve your tickets by e-mailing or call (631) 632-4400.

Tickets: $10 for students & seniors; $15 general admission; $25 VIP
(reserved front row seating). Purchase tickets online
Thursday, October 23, 7:00 pm, Wang Theatre

November 16
Music and Dance from Myanmar/Burma
kyaw kyawDiscover Burma in an enriching night with Kyaw Kyaw Naing and friends. Naing, a master of the pat waing, a traditional Burmese drum-circle instrument comprised of 21 separately tuned drums surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped shell made of elaborately carved wood and decorated with gold leaf, perfected his art and improvisational skills in exhausting hours-long Burmese ceremonies for days on end. The son of U Sein Chit Tee, who led a Burmese orchestra in New York in 1975, Naing's has continued his father's legacy a generation later and is be accompanied by his wife, who performs Burmese dance, and other experts. Reception of traditional Burmese food to follow. In collaboration with Tun Nay Oo. Download flier.

"Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma, is home to a
vibrant and cosmopolitan musical tradition...Overshadowed by India and
Indonesia, and long hidden by a repressive military dictatorship, it remains one of world music's final frontiers"
–New York Times

"An exhilarating tease, defying expectations of symmetry or steady tempo. A phrase might be repeated like a big-band riff or never heard again; a terse line is followed by one that just keeps on going. Tunes that start out as stately as fanfares wind up scampering at top speed, while melodic lines may be staggered between instruments, bounced around like question-answer exchanges or suddenly played in precise unison, accelerating as they go. Instead of marking the beginning of a phrase, as Western percussion often does, the Burmese percussionists often kicked in at the end of a melody"–New York Times

Tickets: $10 for students & seniors; $15 general admission; $25 VIP
(reserved front row seating). Purchase tickets online
Sunday, November 16, 6:00 pm, Wang Theatre

With additional support from WSHU National Public Radio


Lectures / Workshops & Cultural Events

guruAugust 28
Scientific Spirituality: A Lecture and Workshop by Dr. Marella Sri Ramakrishna
Dr. Marella Sri Ramakrishna, disciple of Pandit Sri Ramasharma Acharya, is an advocate of the philosophy of "Scientific Spirituality" which bridges the material progress of the West with the wisdom of the East. He has given workshops on innumerable topics and performed thousands of yajnas, Vedic auspicious rituals, which enable us to lead this life in a more purposeful way and develop our spirit. An expert on Sanatana Dharma, or the way of life enjoined by the Vedas and their relevance today, as well as a Professor emeritus in Biochemistry, Dr. Ramakrishna has dedicated the rest of his life to propagate his message to the world. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by All World Gayatri Pariwar. For more information, call (732) 605-1049.
Lecture: 6:30 pm   Practical Session: 7:30 pm   Q&A: 8:00 pm
Thursday August 28, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Wang Center, Room 301

wen fashiSeptember 27
One-Day Meditation Workshop by Chang Wen Fashi
Chang Wen Fashi is a native New Yorker and resident Buddhist monk at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) of Pine Bush, New York. He is a western monastic disciple of Chan Master Sheng Yen with extensive training experience and a unique background, coming from living at the Chan Meditation Center in Queens, and also assisting with numerous intensive meditation retreats at DDRC and DDM Taiwan. In 2004 he went to the Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) World Center for Buddhist Education and received a monastic education at the Sangha University in Taiwan. During that time, he served as the leader for DDM's International Meditation Group. After graduating, he received full ordination in 2006 and came back to teach at DDRC in early 2008. Chang Wen Fashi holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin. Sponsored by Buddhism Study & Practice Group. Download flier.

Please  wear comfortable clothing and arrive early to be in place by 9:00 am. Bring a cushion, towel, socks and sweater. FREE FOR STUDENTS. $20 teacher's donation suggested for non-students. To register, email
Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Wang Center, Room 301

loni dingOctober 2
Loni Ding's Ancestors in the Americas
A Conversation with the PBS Filmmaker on Completing her Public History of Asians in the Americas
Four-time Emmy Award winning independent filmmaker Loni Ding will discuss her latest documentary projects and her passion for social justice in her life and career. Ding, who is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from SBU in 2002 for her pioneering work in Asian American film and activism, teaches at UC Berkeley. Her works include: Ancestors in the Americas, a three-part PBS documentary series on the richness of Asian experiences in the Americas since the 1600s; 600 Millennia: China's History Unearthed, a prime-time special on the 1975 international tour of an archaeological collection from the People's Republic of China; Bean Sprouts, a five-part children's series on multicultural identity; Willie Lobo: Manchild, a musical drama on the ghetto homecoming of a black Vietnam veteran much changed by the war; and two documentary films, Nisei Soldier and The Color of Honor, on the political and moral dilemmas faced by Japanese American soldiers serving in World War II. This program is made possible by SBU's Dialogues Across Diversity Grant. Co-sponsored by SBU Libraries.
Thursday, October 2, 12:50-2:10 pm, Wang Center Theatre

October 11
Diwali Stony Brook 2008: Indian Festival of Lights
Grand cultural program showcasing the rich culture and traditions of India through dance, musical and singing performances, and snacks and dinner. Family friendly event, with participation from children.

Diwali, an ancient South Asian festival with origins deeply rooted in Hinduism, is a unifying event with different significance but equal importance in many communities. In the Hindu tradition, this five-day celebration commemorates the return of Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, from his 14-year exile. From the Sikh perspective, Diwali is celebrated as the return of the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, from the captivity of Gwalior City. Oil lamps lit his path to the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The Jains celebrate the Nirvana of Lord Mahavira, who established the dharma as they follow it. Although Diwali is celebrated in many ways, the spiritual meaning remains the same for all. The name Diwali originates from the word deepavali which translates to "row of lights." This light is inclusive in its symbolism of good overcoming evil, knowledge transcending ignorance, an illumination of the mind, and hope for mankind during the darkest time of the year. It is a time of renewal and reflection celebrated with family, friends and the community through music, dance, and sweets. For more information visit Co-sponsored by the India Society of Long Island.Download flier.
Tickets: $12 adults/ $8.00 children. Call (631) 689-3504 to reserve.
Saturday, October 11, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

October 19
Herstory Writers Workshop
12th Anniversary Benefit Reading & Gala Buffet
herstory posterJoin us as we honor Diane Cohen and the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls. Listen to readings by Herstory's newest writers from our community and prison workshops, as well as our emerging teen writers and members of our Latina homemakers group. Walk among the Chinese zodiac fountains. Enjoy an elegant buffet. For more information, call (631) 676-7395 or visit Download flier.
October 19, 12:30 pm-4:00 pm

November 8
One-Day Meditation Workshop and Dharma Sharing
bonardiNancy Bonardi began practicing meditation with Chan Master Sheng Yen of Dharma Drum Mountain in 1978. She has been teaching meditation for beginning and intermediate levels and conducting one-day retreat at the Chan Meditation Center for years.  In this workshop Nancy will share with you the teaching of wisdom in Buddhism, alternating with periods of sitting meditation. Sponsored by Buddhism Study & Practice Group. Download flier.

Please  wear comfortable clothing and arrive early to be in place by 9:00 am. Bring a cushion, towel, socks and sweater. FREE FOR STUDENTS. $20 teacher's donation suggested for non-students. To register, email
Saturday, November 8, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, Wang Center, Room 301

November 20
diwaliDeepotsav: Festival of Lights
In the spirit of Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights celebrates the rich beauty of Indian culture through dance, song, music, and food. The evening's festivities begin at the Wang Center with a Pooja, a ceremony of lights in honor of abundance and prosperity. Join in a parade of lights from the Wang Center to the Student Activities Center. At the SAC Ballroom A, the unique talents of our very own student artists will enthrall you. Savor delicious vegetarian delicacies from the inimitable Kiran Palace with music to follow. An evening not to be missed! Presented by the Center for India Studies, the Charles B. Wang Center, the Council for Unity, the Indian Graduate Student Association, and the Hindu Student Council. For more information, call 632-9742 or e-mail Download flier.

Purchase your tickets now at the Center for India Studies, 5th floor, Room E-5350 of the Melville Lobby between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:30 pm. Cash or check only. $10 General Admission; $7 Students
Thursday, November 20, 6:00 pm, Wang Center and Student Activities Center

December 6
TellabrAsian: Tellabration 2008: Tales from Asia
The Wang Center puts its own unique flair on Tellebration, an annual celebration of storytelling celebrated all over the world.  Join us in  our serene Interdenominational Chapel as talented storytellers weave a web of folktales and fairytales—and personal, spiritual, magical, comedic and poignant human stories from and about Asia and Asia AmericaFeaturing: Lorena Doherty •  Sylvia Khan  • Ken Corsbie • Shirkant Iyer • Sunita S. Mukhi • and others. All are welcome. Free Admission. Download flier.
Saturday, December 6, 3:00 pm, Wang Center Chapel


Port Jefferson Documentary Series
operation filmmakerSeptember 8
Operation Filmmaker
Guest Speaker: Nina Davenport, Director
Do-gooder intentions go disastrously wrong when Hollywood gives a young Iraqi film student the chance of a lifetime. Operation Filmmaker tells the fascinating and riveting story of Muthana Mohmed's odyssey in the West, with uncanny parallels to America's recent misadventures abroad. Download flier.
Monday, September 8, 7:00 pm, Wang Theatre

October 27
baghdad highBaghdad High
Guest Speaker: Haider Hamza, Iraqi Reporter for ABC News
Directed and produced by Ivan O’Mahoney and Laura Winter, Baghdad High chronicles the lives of four seniors at Tariq bin-Ziad High School for Boys, located in a mixed middle-class Iraqi suburb. Ali the Kurd, Anmar the Catholic, Hayder the Shia, and half-Sunni, half-Shia Mohammad began filming their senior year in October 2006, the bloodiest month since the start of the war. Their studies hampered by power outages and the disappearances of their peers, the boys’ teen dreams are fractured during an academic year that saw Saddam Hussein’s execution and President Bush’s American troop surge. Download flier. Co-sponsored with Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council.
Monday, October 27, 7:00 pm, Wang Theatre

Three Films from Taiwan
Co-sponsored by The Press Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York and the Taiwanese American Association of Long Island. Free admission. In Chinese with English subtitles. Download flier.

three timesOctober 1
Three Times
Director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's groundbreaking film explores three tales of romance using the same actors during three different eras in Taiwan. Beginning in the swinging sixties, Hou portrays a young soldier's search for a pool hall mistress he fell in love with one night in A Time for Love. Hou then takes us back in time to 1911 in a Time for Freedom to watch a courtesan care for a young intellectual in a brothel in Japanese occupied Taiwan. Finally, Hou takes us to modern Taipai to watch as a female rock star neglects her female lover in favor of a photographer in A Time for Youth. These heart-wrenching stories are portrayed according to their historical era with the accuracy and compassion only a master like Hou Hsiao-Hsien can bring.
Q&A to follow with La Francis Hui, Senior Program Officer of Cultural Programs and Performing Arts at the Asia Society
Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 pm, Wang Theatre

shoe fairyOctober 29
The Shoe Fairy (2005)
Winner, Best Art Direction, Taiwan Golden Horse Awards 2005
This quirky and surreal modern day fairy tale and satire unabashedly borrows from the tales of Hans Christian Anderson, CS Lewis, and even Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to tell the story of Dodo, a girl born without the ability to walk. Dodo lived a life listening to fairy tales and wondering, like her favorite character, the Little Mermaid, if she'll have to sacrifice something dear to her in order to have a pair of walking feet. Following an operation, Dodo is capable of walking, running, and dancing like a fairy tale come true and develops a severe obsession with shoes which is unmatched until she begins dating Smiley Dentist. They marry and live happily ever after, but that is not quite the end of the story.
Q&A to follow with Ms. Yee-Ching Lee, Independent Film Organizer

Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 pm, Wang Theatre

chocolate rapNovember 5
Chocolate Rap (2005)
In a unique twist on an old martial arts story where breakdancing replaces kung fu, Chocolate Rap follows the story of Chocko and his father who plays the role of spiritual teacher as he rises to prominence. Forming a crew with his manager and fellow dancer Pachinko, Chocko's future looks bright especially after he develops a relationship with concert pianist Ally, until he seriously injures himself in a car accident. With the help of Ally and his father, he regains his confidence and faces off against a spurned protégé who had been rejected by his former crew, King Kong.
Q&A to follow with Ms. Yee-Ching Lee, Independent Film Organizer
Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 pm, Wang Theatre

litre of tearsNovember 3
Japan Center Film: 1 Litre of Tears
One day on her way to school, middle school student Aya (Asae Onishi) suddenly falls to the ground. The doctor diagnoses her with spinocerebellar degeneration, a rare and incurable neurological disease. Entering high school, Aya's condition continues to worsen as physical movements become more difficult. Forced to attend a special boarding school, she nonetheless finds hope and happiness through the support of her new friends and family. Working hard, she completes her high school education and bravely begins a new stage in her life, despite her weak health and continuous trips to the hospital. Aya never gives up, living each day of her life to the fullest until the very end. (Directed by Riki Okamura, 2004, 96 min, Japanese with English subtitles). Free admission. Download flier.
Monday, November 3, 7:00 pm, Wang Theatre

The Apu Trilogy
Satyajit Ray’s world renowned and critically acclaimed Apu Trilogy comes to the Wang Center. Profoundly influenced by Jean Renoir and Italian neo-realism, this cinematic masterpiece considered by critics around the globe to rank among the greatest achievements of film. Ray, with a limited budget and non-professional actors chronicled the story of Apu, a destitute child growing up in rural Bengal, Benares, and Calcutta. Ray’s first films won top awards at Cannes, Venice, and London by enrapturing audiences in magical cinematic moments that emphasize the nuances of Bengali life and appeal to universal themes inherent in human relationships. The sensual and melancholic soundtrack is by Maestro Ravi Shankar. Download flier.

“The great, sad, gentle sweep of The Apu Trilogy remains in the mind of
the moviegoer as a promise of what film can be. Standing above fashion, it
creates a world so convincing that it becomes, for a time, another life we
might have lived”–Roger Ebert

"Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without
seeing the sun or the moon"–Akira Kurosawa

Directed by Satyajit Ray. (In Bengali with English subtitles). Followed by discussion with Thora Wagner. Free Admission. All are welcome.
Co-sponsored with the Osher Lifelong Learning Center, the Center for India Studies and in collaboration with the Consulate General of India, NY

pather panchaliSeptember 25
Pathar Panchali ("Song of the Little Road," 1955)
Apu is born in rural Bengal to a Brahmin family in the 1920s. Living with his father, the impoverished priest Harihar, mother and homemaker, Sarbajaya, an elderly hunchbacked aunt, and his sister, the mischievous Durga, Apu grows up in bitter poverty sharing simple joys with his sister until tragedy strikes and Apu’s family leaves Bengal for the holy city of Benares on the Ganges.
Thursday, September 25, 1:00 pm, Wang Theatre

aparajitoOctober 30
Aparajito ("The Unvanquished," 1956)
Shortly after arriving at Beneras, Apu’s father Harihar works himself to death against his wife’s advice. Apu and his mother return to her ancestral village of Mansapota where Apu’s success at school pits mother against son and tradition against modernity in several unresolved conflicts. Apu has to decide whether to remain with his family and follow his father’s profession or be educated in Calcutta and face the consequences for his choice.
Thursday, October 30, 1:00 pm, Wang Theatre

apursan November 6
Apu Sansar ("World of Apu," 1959)
Penniless and alone, Apu struggles as a recent graduate to fulfill his teacher’s wishes and his own goal of writing a novel until he marries. Apu and his new wife Aparna fall in love in Calcutta when catastrophe again strikes causing Apu to abandon his new family until an old friend convinces Apu to reconsider his decisions.
Thursday, November 6, 1:00 pm, Wang Theatre

Previous seasons' programming

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