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Spring 2013 Performances

March 5, 2013

Korean Performing Arts Ensemble

Preserving and reviving the vibrant tradition of Daechwita-Korean court or military music-Chwitadae is an award-winning ensemble on a mission to bring Korean performing arts to an international audience. Taking its name from chwita, literally meaning "to blow and to hit," Daechwita combines winds and percussion in a style that will stretch Western ears both timbrally and melodically. For this program, Chwitadae also includes elements of samulnori, the traditional Korean folk genre. Co-presented by Stony Brook University's Center for Korean Studies and Charles B. Wang Center.
Following the performance, a bibimbap is served, with the traditional ritual presentation.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Admission: $10 (all), including meal. 
Discount of 20% available to groups of 5 or more.
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March 26, 2013

Sheetal Gandhi in Bahu-Beti-Biwi: 
Daughter-in-Law, Daughter, Wife

Sheetal Gandhi

A vibrant, acute, and richly rhythmic solo performance encompassing dance, music, and stories, Bahu-Beti-Biwi explores the traditional roles of Indian women, focusing on the daughter-in-law (bahu), daughter (beti), and wife (biwi). In a tour de force, acclaimed triple-threat performer Sheetal Gandhi depicts these iconic characters, revealing the complex tensions between freedom and compromise, desire and longing, duty and love. With a performance style rooted in the storytelling traditions and rhythmic punctuations of Kathak dance, Gandhi mines the text and subtext of centuries old North Indian women’s songs to re-imagine the lives of women in the past and her present.

Bahu-Beti-Biwi features an original score from composer Joe Trapanese, whose works have been praised by the New York Times as “precise and evocative [with] wistful, ringing melodies.”
Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Tickets: $35 (VIP Priority Seating) / $20 (General) / $15 (Seniors) / $10 (Students). 
Discount of 20% for groups of 5 or more. 
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April 9, 2013

Asian Percussion Concert with Christopher Graham, Center for Dance, and 
Department of Asian and Asian American Studies

Chris Graham in PerformanceSounds and ideas from Asian cultures–ranging from gamelan to the I Ching, from the qanun to the Zen koan–are central to twentieth-century percussion repertoire. Experience and explore these cross-cultural connections in an evening of Asian and Asian-inspired compositions from John CageTan Dun, and James Tenney, performed by Christopher Graham of the Stony Brook University Music Department, and other members of New York's acclaimed Iktus Percussion.

Adding to the rhythmic and timbral feast offered by Iktus is newly commissioned choreography by Malini Srinivasan of the Stony Brook University Department of Asian American Studies and Alison Russell and Joya Powell of the Stony Brook Center for Dance and Somatic Learning. Also with video by Dan Hess and a special appearance by the Gamelan Ensemble from Queens College. 

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Christopher Graham is a freelance percussionist living and working in the Tri-State area. He has performed with a variety of groups at Columbia University, Princeton University, Queens College, William Paterson, Tenri Cultural Center, Issue Project Room, The Knitting Factory, New York Fringe Festival, Pasic, Symphony Space, and Carnegie Hall. He has worked and performed with notable groups such as Newband, Talujon Percussion Quartet, and Mantra Percussion Group and is a co-founding member of the Iktus Percussion Quartet. Previous teachers include Raymond DesRoches, Dr. Dominic Donato, Tom Kolor, Joseph Pereira, and Eduardo Leandro. Website »

Snow In June
Choreographed by Alison Armbruster-Russell, Joya Powell, and the Dancers
Danced by The Stony Brook Performance Dance Ensemble 2013: Kayla Cannon, Jenna Cerbone, Rebecca Cokeley, Gabriella Franza, Michelle Fuller, Clairangelique Guirand, Jennifer Jeng, Anna Koskol, Tayla Littles, Timothy Magalona, Nerricka Nalundasan, Scott Petersen, Melony Rhoden, Francesca Thomas, Regina Zambrano

The Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning presents the Performance Dance Ensemble every spring semester at Stony Brook University. Founded in 1994 by dance faculty member Randy Thomas, the Center's Performance Dance Ensemble joins other dance performance collaborations offering undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to perform. Some of these sites include:  NYC ; East Hampton at Guild Hall; Mexico City at the Teatro de la Danza; Washington DC at the Annual Human Rights Festival; Almada, Portugal at the Dance and Community Festival; Connecticut College's Gala ACDF concert; numerous American College Dance Festivals; the Staller Center for the Arts and on-site community performances throughout Long Island since 1987. Most recently, SBU dance minors performed at the "Cognitive Futures of the Humanities" International Conference in Bangor, Wales in early April, 2013.

During the past three years, Alison Armburster-Russell (2011, 2013) and Joya Powell (2012) have shared the direction of the Center's Performance Dance Ensemble. They have both built a strong and powerful ensemble for students to engage in the creation of exciting artistic work. Together, they have taught students the delightful range of performance and process, built from various styles of practice and application. This collaboration with Musician Christopher Graham, the Wang Center and the current PDE cast continues their work together. Congratulations to all! Presented with the Stony Brook University Music Department.

Amy Yopp Sullivan, Director, The Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning »

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 8:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Tickets: $35 (VIP Priority Seating) / $20 (General) / $15 (Seniors) / $10 (Students). 
Discount of 20% for groups of 5 or more. 
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April 25, 2013

Wanted: Funny Asian Male

regie cabicoPoet and spoken word artist Regie Cabico is a performer with tremendous expressive range, able to shift between wry humor, indignation, and poignant longing in only minutes on stage. Called the "Lady Gaga of spoken word poets" by the Kenyon Review, Cabico been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and in MTV's Free Your Mind Spoken Word Tour. 

A three-time-winner of top prizes at the annual National Poetry Slam, Cabico is a regular performer at the Nuyorican Poets Café and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, and his poetry appears in over 30 anthologies. Cabico is an out and proud gay man of Filipino American descent.

hari kondaboluBrooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic Hari Kondabolu is quickly gaining recognition for his "smart, analytical" standup (TimeOut NY). Kondabolu's sets use richly textured, witty accounts of the everyday and explorations of the absurd to make strong and substantial political statements. Kondabolu has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and John Oliver's New York Standup Show and debuted a half-hour Comedy Central Presents television special in February 2011. 

He is a writer for FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. When in New York City, he co-hosts the mostly improvised, monthly talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project with his younger brother Ashok ("Dap" from hip hop group Das Racist).
Tickets: $35 (VIP Priority Seating) / $20 (General) / $15 (Senior) / $10 (Student) 
Discount of 20% available for groups of 5 or more.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
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