Acknowledging that the play’s outlandish premise makes the audience stretch a little, Savoie thinks it brings up a lot of good questions. How was the past better? How was it worse? What exactly is “progress”? What are you willing to try for someone you love?
Katherine Dunham is probably best known as a legendary dancer who propelled the awareness of the cultures of the African Diaspora via her choreography. Her famous dance technique reflects a fusion of many cultures.
Miss. Dunham was a true renaissance woman. She was an artist, anthropologist, author, activist, manager, movie star, producer, educator, wife, mother and so much more.
The world needs to know about her wonderful life story and there’s no better learning environment than the Museum and Centers for Arts and Humanities she created
The exhibit features five vibrators dating from the early 1900s to the 1920s that were generously loaned by the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. It was put on to coincide with the Washington University Performing Arts Department’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s play In the Next Room, which was nominated for Best Play at the 2010 Tony Awards.
In the Victorian era, just after the birth of the electric lightbulb, a novel remedy was developed for women diagnosed with a mysterious ailment called "hysteria." In 2010, Sarah Ruhl wrote In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) about a doctor who specialized in these treatments. Director Henry Schvey, professor of drama and comparative literature, talks about the power of attraction and the lure of technology within this comic play, which opens April 19 at Washington University's Edison Theatre.
THE SLAUGHTER PROJECT, under the artistic direction of Cecil Slaughter, presents ABANDON! an evening of dance that celebrates the merging of creative impulse and the human spirit. The Project serves as a forum that encourages and promotes the vision and expression of its emerging choreographers and dancers. We bring to the stage an energetic ensemble of 25 dancers of diverse training reflecting the resilient nature of the human spirit.
The “Arts” covers a wide range of disciplines, from performance arts such as drama and dance to liberal arts like English and history.
In Missouri, you can choose from an extensive selection of excellent arts programs. Colleges and universities here strive to attract the best talent for their faculties, and vice versa. Here we’ve identified 23 outstanding Missouri arts professors based on recent recognition in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.
Washington University Alumni James A. Crank is an associate professor of English and the director of undergraduate studies at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Crank has written on artists as diverse as James Agee, Sherman Alexie, and Eudora Welty.
Catherine Elhoffer, who graduated from Washington University in 2009 with a dual degree in theater (with an emphasis in costume design) and marketing. Her list of credits now numbers five features, more than 20 short films, video games and music videos as well.
Perhaps the business school degree helped, but she really credits Wash. U. itself with helping her prepare for Hollywood. She was costume designer for two Performing Arts Department shows, “Hamlet” and “She Stoops to Conquer.”
Cadenza sat down with four of the cast members from the show for a lively question and answer session: Pete Winfrey, a senior, playing the Emcee; Sarah Palay, a junior, playing Sally Bowles; Ariel Saul, a junior, playing Fraulein Schneider; and Anna Richards, a sophomore, playing Fraulein Kost. Find out what it was like working on the show, whether they prefer plays or musicals and what makes Sarah Palay soil her pants.
Our ongoing coverage of the Performing Arts Department’s performance of “Cabaret” continues with the second part of our Q&A session with the cast (Pete Winfrey, a senior, playing the Emcee; Sarah Palay, a junior, playing Sally Bowles; Ariel Saul, a junior, playing Fräulein Schneider; and Anna Richards, a sophomore, playing Fräulein Kost.)
Michele Volansky is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Drama at Washington College. She is also Associate Artist for the annual PlayPenn New Play Development Conference in Philadelphia.