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Vocal Performance Student to Study in England

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After auditioning, Mandy Baker (Vocal Performance major, Antrhopology minor - May, 2014) was accepted to attend the 2014 Cornish-American Song Institute in England.
This Institute offers a three-week intensive study of Shakespearean Art-Song for vocalists, pianists, and composers in Oxford, England and Falmouth, Cornwall. Mandy will receive applied lessons, English music courses, musical coachings, and collaborative recitals throughout her trip.
She will preform in a variety of venues including beautiful subtropical gardens to grand hotels overlooking the sea; beautiful century-old churches to Oxford colleges; and even a yacht-club on the River Fal. Mandy will be staying in a host home to fully experience the culture of the locals.

 

​​Dance company to perform, serve residency at UW-Stevens Point
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Contemporary dance troupe Keigwin + Company will perform
in Stevens Point as part of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Performing Arts Series, with one member serving a residency the following week.
 
The troupe will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Sentry Insurance’s Theatre @1800, 1800 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point. Earlier that day, Company Founder and Artistic Director Larry Keigwin will lead a master class on technique for UW-Stevens Point dance students.
 
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $6 for youth. UW-Stevens Point students with ID may buy tickets in advance for $4.50 or be admitted free the day of the show if seats remain. Tickets may be purchased through the University Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378, or at http://tickets.uwsp.edu. The Performing Arts Series is presented in part by Country Inn and Suites of Stevens Point and Sentry Insurance.
 
Founded in 2003 by Keigwin and Associate Director Nicole Wolcott, the group presents Keigwin’s electrifying choreography with dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style and heart.
 
Jaclyn Walks, a company member and rehearsal director, will spend a week-long residency working with 12 UW-Stevens Point dance students on the dance piece“Air,” an excerpt of Keigwin’s dance “Elements” and set to the music of composer Philip Glass. Walks will also lead four technique master classes for UW-Stevens Point students. The students will perform “Air” as part of the Danstage dance concert staged in Jenkins Theatre on May 2-4 and 7-9. The residency is sponsored by the COFAC Great Artists, Great Speakers Series.
Faculty presentations part of ‘The Perception Project’

A series of events that invites audiences to explore their sensory awareness and perception is being offered at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

 
“The Perception Project” is part of the 10th annual College of Fine Arts and Communication’s COFAC Creates series. The following events are offered to the public free of charge:
  • Thursday, April 3 – Professor Dona Warren, philosophy, presents “Doing Philosophy, Telling Stories, and…” at 7:30 p.m. in Noel Fine Arts Center Room 221. In this informal session, Warren will lead the audience through a reflection on the nature and function of philosophy, storytelling, friendship, perception and identity. A winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award and UW System Regents Teaching Excellence Award, Warren has taught at UW-Stevens Point since 1995.
  • Thursday, April 10 – Assistant Professor Alex Ingersoll, media studies, presents “Vague Space/Time and the Brothers Quay” at 7:30 p.m. in the Communication Arts Center Room 333. The talk will feature the avant-garde stop-motion puppet animations by Philadelphia-born and London-based Stephen and Timothy Quay. Ingersoll will show how these works provide audiences with vague perceptions of time and space. His teaching and research revolves around the theory, history, criticism and production of film, television and video to new digital platforms. Ingersoll has taught at UW-Stevens Point since 2013.
  • Tuesday, April 22 – Assistant Professor Chris Shofner, media studies, presents a performance of live cinema, “Global Social Railway,”at 2 p.m. in the Noel Fine Arts Center courtyard. Shofner has taught media production at UW-Stevens Point since 2012. His creative work has been exhibited and screened at festivals and galleries in Europe, Canada and the United States.
  • Wednesday, April 30 – Russ Mikkelson, a professor of conducting and ensembles at The Ohio State University, will present a concert with the UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble and an ensemble from Stevens Point Area Senior High School at 7:30 p.m. in Michelsen Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center. Mikkelson will also hold a question and answer session at 4 p.m. in Noel Fine Arts Center Room 221.
For more on The Perception Project, go to www.uwsp.edu/cofac/Pages/Activities/COFAC_Creates_2014.aspx.
Musical drama ‘Next to Normal’ at UW-Stevens Point
A family struggles with mental illness in the musical“Next to Normal,” staged by the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point April 4-6 and 9-12.
The winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and three 2009 Tony Awards, “Next to Normal” uses a rock score and intricate harmonies to reflect the struggles of a mother with bipolar disorder and a family trying to maintain its ties.
It will be performed in the Studio Theatre in the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St., at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, and Wednesday through Saturday, April 9-12. A 2 p.m. matinee will be performed Sunday, April 6.
Admission is $19 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for students. Tickets are available at the Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center, http://tickets.uwsp.edu, or by calling 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378.
While mental illness is an unconventional issue for a musical, the show is smartly written with a score than connects the audience to its characters, said director Tyler Marchant, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
“The writers of ‘Next to Normal’ were interested in challenging what musical theater can be,” he said. Almost entirely sung, the show uses contemporary music styles to relate emotional issues, he added. This has made it a demanding show both physically and emotionally for the six student cast members, who researched mental health issues to prepare for the show and worked closely with musical director, Assistant Professor Alan Patrick Kenny.
A beautiful but minimal set helps create an intimate story and a window into the family’s challenges, Marchant said.
“It’s about people trying to survive, believing they can get healthy and that their family can be there for them. They are not striving to be perfect, but they hope for ‘Next to Normal.’”
​‘Form follows action’ design theorist to visit UW-Stevens Point
Designer, painter and sculptor Hu Hung-Shu will be in residence and give three free, public presentations at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point March 25-27.
 
Throughout the residency, Hung-Shu will demonstrate his theory of “form follows action”(rather than form follows function), and his own definition of “organic geometry” to create inventive and successfully designed products. The first presentation on Tuesday, March 25, will focus on design work, sculpture, public art and oil painting from 5-7 p.m. in room 221 of the Noel Fine Arts Center.
 
On Wednesday, March 26, he will work with art students in the Noel Fine Arts Center courtyard from noon until 2:30 p.m., exploring basic design. The last presentation on Thursday, March 27, focuses on Hung-Shu’s organic geometry and form follows action design theories. It will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in room 221 of the Noel Fine Arts Center.
 
His visit is sponsored by the SCULPT student group, Division of Interior Architecture and College of Fine Arts and Communication.
 
Hung-Shu is a professor emeritus at the University of Iowa, where he headed the Design Department from 1968 until his retirement in 2003. He authored the book “Basic Design: The Cultivation of Wisdom, Reason and Sensibility” in both English and Chinese.
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