Photograph Exhibit: Animal Dignity and the Ethics of Sight


Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker

Tuesday, September 23 through Friday, October 10, 2014
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts

Presented in conjunction with the launch of Wesleyan Animal Studies Course Cluster.
Curated by Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies,
and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 4:30pm

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 5:30pm

Visit here for more information about the exhibition.

On view through Friday, October 10, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, Noon–5pm

Above: Frank Noelker, Giraffe, Washington D.C., 1997, color photograph

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Juice Vocal Ensemble — Sat., Nov. 9, Crowell


Juice Vocal Ensemble
Connecticut Premiere
Saturday, November 9 at 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall

“Sassy, vibrant and enthralling.”
The Irish Times (Dublin)

London’s Juice Vocal Ensemble, an experimental a cappella trio that mixes contemporary classical with folk, jazz, world music, pop, and electronica, features sopranos Anna Snow and Sarah Dacey, and alto Kerry Andrew. The group’s influences range from Meredith Monk and the Beach Boys to Camille (France) and Björk (Iceland). Their playful debut album Songspin (2011) won an Independent Music Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Album” in May 2012.

For their first U.S. tour since an appearance at the South by Southwest Festival in March 2011, at Wesleyan the group will perform vibrant classical works including the world premiere of “Ferrara Redux” by New York-based composer and Wesleyan alumnus Toby Twining MA ’06; six U.S. premieres, including one work written by Anna Snow, plus compositions by Mica Levi, Anna Meredith, Dai Fujikura, Jim Moray, and Peter Moran; and unusual arrangements of British folk songs and pop music by Guns N’ Roses, Erasure, Mariah Carey, and Flatt and Scruggs.

Watch a video of Juice Vocal Ensemble singing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses on YouTube.

A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.

There will be a pre-concert talk by Wesleyan University John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce at 7:15pm. He will be joined by composer Toby Twining MA ’06.

Tickets for this performance are $22 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, and non-Wesleyan students; and $6 for Wesleyan students. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Sing with Juice
Friday, November 8 at 4:15pm
Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003)
60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Come sing with the Juice Vocal Ensemble. All singers welcome!

Free Tickets for First-Years to the Navarati Festival — Thurs.-Sun.

The Navaratri Festival of Indian music and dance is a grand Wesleyan tradition, now in its 37th year. It silhouetteincludes free workshops, concerts and a traditional Hindu ceremony.  The CFA encourages first-year students to experience this important festival by offering you a free ticket to any concert during the Festival which runs from Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13, 2013.  Here’s the schedule:

1. Henna and Chaat hosted by Shakti – Thursday, October 10, 7pm, Olin Library Lobby
2. B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India – Friday, October 11, 8pm, Crowell Concert Hall
3. Talk by Assistant Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan: Celluloid Classicism—Intertwined Histories of the South Indian “Dance Revival” and Early South Indian Cinema – Saturday, October 12, 1pm, CFA Hall
4. Lecture/Demonstration: Shashank Subramanyam – Saturday, October 12, 3pm, Crowell Concert Hall
5. Shashank Subramanyam – Saturday, October 12, 8pm, Crowell Concert Hall
6. Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony) – Sunday, October 13, 11am, World Music Hall
7. Aparna Ramaswamy: Sannidhi (Sacred Space) – Sunday, October 13, 3pm, Crowell Concert Hall (Connecticut Debut)

For tickets, visit the Box Office in Usdan or call 860-685-3355.


CFA: Doug Varone & Dancers — this Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m., $6 tkts

Dear Class of 2017,

You met choreographer Doug Varone and his dancers Xan Burley and Doug Varone and dancersAlex Springer at the Common Moment during Orientation.  They’ll be back this week when the company presents two performances at the CFA Theater on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13 at 8pm. If you’ve never seen contemporary dance before, then this is the performance to see — the choreographer will take you through his process as the performance unfolds!

Naya Samuel ’14 interned with them this past summer and interviewed them about the program they’ll be performing:

Tickets are $6 for students and you can get them at the University Box Office in Usdan, online or at the door.  Details are here: and below:

Doug Varone and Dancers: Stripped/Dressed featuring Rise and Carrugi

Connecticut Premiere
Thursday, September 12 & Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8pm
CFA Theater
Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellow Naya Samuel ’14 on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm in the CFA Hall

Buy tickets online.

“Doug Varone’s choreography is finely drawn and operatically rich…”
-Portland Press Herald (Maine)

The return of Doug Varone and Dancers to Wesleyan is designed to give the audience an intimate look at Doug Varone‘s work. The first half of the program, Stripped, opens with his masterpiece Rise (1993), with music by John Adams, and the dancers in rehearsal clothes under minimal lighting. Mr. Varone then comes onstage to walk through the creative process that gave birth to his most recent work, Carrugi (2012), deconstructing the dance and showing how he works with dancers to build the choreography. For the second half of the program, Dressed, the company returns in costume and performs the fully-produced Connecticut premiere of Carrugi. Inspired by the winding, narrow streets and alleyways of the Liguria region of the northwest coast of Italy, Carrugi is set to the oratorio “La Betulia Liberata” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts.


Pamela Tatge, Director, Center for the Arts