“Good Storytelling Is Powerful”
That’s the message of the Ground & Field Theatre Festival, a Department of Theatre and Dance project to develop plays with visiting artists and scholars. That work culminates in a series of free performances Oct. 5–7, including pieces about a wealthy eccentric, a father and son on the run, and a cheerleading squad struck down by illness.
“Simply put, we are growing new theatre in this perfect research environment,” said Mindy Cooper, Broadway veteran and faculty member. “We are approaching the festival as an artistic think tank and excited to nurture and curate important stories for our times.”
Enchanted Cellar Costumes Depict Heroines From Folklore and Literature
“Heroines with Heart” celebrates young women of folklore and literature and is this year’s theme for The Enchanted Cellar, a costume rental service operated by the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance. The collection also includes costumes inspired by “Game of Thrones,” “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars” and “Star Trek,” along with movie stars, superheroes, fairies, literary characters, period fashions, and original Steampunk.
Sounds From Asia
Punjabi singer Amrinder Gill will perform Oct. 14, launching a series of events hosted by the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program and the Department of Religious Studies.
The concert “Naari Swaram”highlights the power of female voices with the Vasundhara Choir and UC Davis Hindustani Vocal Ensemble Oct. 28.
In celebration of marimba pioneer Keiko Abe’s 80th birthday, one of her most prominent students and a long-time performance partner Mayumi Hama will give two concerts. Hama will give a solo concert at noonNov. 2and with music faculty member Christopher Froh at 7 p.m. Nov. 3.
The UC Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season Nov. 5 with “Humanity and Nature,” with music by Elgar, Debussy, Mahler, Vaughan Williams and Respighi, conducted by Jeffrey Thomas, Barbara K. Jackson Professor of Music. The concert will feature the University Chorus and faculty member and violist Ellen Ruth Rose.
Art Students Open Doors
MFA art students open their studio doors for visitors Oct. 13from 7 to 10 p.m., with a performance at 8 p.m. in the Art Studio Graduate Building and TB 9.
Eight Years of Art
“Special Editions” at TANA (Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer) features work made by residents and visiting artists since TANA was established eight years ago. An opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m.Oct. 14. The show runs through Dec. 11.