Monthly Archives: March 2011

Beverly Naidus on campus April 6th

Beverly Naidus is an internationally recognized artist on the faculty at UW-Tacoma where she teaches courses in art for social change and
healing. Interdisciplinary to her core, she works in many mediums, allowing the content to determine the form. Themes in her work include
the ecological crisis, fear of difference, unemployment, nuclear nightmares and her dreams for a reconstructed world. She has displayed
her work on city streets, subways and buses, in major museums, libraries, hospitals, community centers, commercial and university galleries and alternative spaces.

For over three decades she has straddled the high art world and the activist art and community arts worlds, finding it important to share
ideas and art projects in all three, sometimes overlapping contexts. Her work has been discussed in books by Lucy R. Lippard, Suzi Gablik, Paul
Von Blum and Lisa Bloom, as well as in significant journals and newspapers. She is the author of Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the
, New Village Press, 2009 as well as two artist’s books, One Size Does Not Fit All and What Kinda Name is That.

She has taught at Carleton College, Goddard College, Hampshire College, the Institute for Social Ecology and California State University, Long Beach. She shares a home and garden on Vashon Island, Washington with Bob Spivey(founder of SEEDS) and their teenage son, Sam.

Her websites are and and her blog for her current eco-art project is

Beverly will be joining us on campus April 5th and 6th.  Her public lecture will be April 6th at 4:15PM in the Keith Room of Lang Center.  She will share a slide presentation on aspects of contemporary activist art practice that have influenced her.

Tamagawa Taiko in Lang Concert Hall April 3, 2011

The Department of Music and Dance and the Japanese Section of Modern Languages at Swarthmore College presents the Tamagawa University Taiko Drum and Dance Group in the Lang Music Building Concert Hall on April 3, 2011 at 7PM.

The renowned Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance Group returns to Philadelphia for a week of performances as part of the Greater Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival (March 4- April 15) sponsored by the Japan America Society and the Japan Foundation. Heart-pounding drum rhythms intermingle with elegant dances in breath-taking fashion to create unforgettable memories. Experience the relentless energy and stunning visuals as Tamagawa takes you on a journey through ancient and modern Japan.

Taiko drumming has been a feature of the College’s dance and music offerings for nearly a decade, thanks largely to the efforts of Associate Professor of Dance Kim Arrow. This event showcases the significant relationship between the College and Tamagawa University in Japan.  Arrow, an accomplished dancer and choreographer, is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for choreography, among other awards. He joined Swarthmore’s faculty in 1991 and teaches a taiko repertory class.

The event is free and open to the public without advance reservations.  For further information, contact Geoffrey Peterson at

Cross-Cultural Dialogue through Movement with Daniel Singh

The Dance Program and the Department of English invite you to a dialogue with Daniel Singh, founder of the Dakshina Dance Company on April 7th at 2:40PM in the Troy Dance Lab.

Daniel Phoenix Singh is the artistic director of his DC based dance company that performs Bharata Natyam, Modern Dance and their own syncretic style that builds on the two idioms. The company is well known for presenting issue based work that is socially relevant and for their own innovative, expressive style of movement. Singh holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, has a Certificate in Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, and studied Bharata Natyam for many years with Guru Meena Telikicherla. More information on Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company can be found at