Monthly Archives: September 2013

Out and About: Pallabi Chakravorty lecture at Emory University (10/17 @7PM)

If you’re in the Atlanta area, join Pallabi Chakravorty at Emory University on Thursday, October 17th at 7PM for a guest lecture/performance “Beyond the Body: Emotions in Kathak Dance” (Sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Department of Middle East and South Asian Studies, Emory University).

This presentation will use live performance and scholarly explorations to identify the ‘Kathak dancer’ as the seeker of love, pleasure, and devotion, both on the physical and the metaphysical realms. It will use musical genres such as thumri and tala stuctures (metrical scales from the north Indian tradition) to elucidate the idea of the dancer as seeker.

WOTW: Cardell Dance Theater (October 6, 2013 @ 4PM, Boyer Studio)

The Swarthmore Project and the Department of Music and Dance presents

SUPPERSUPPER, people on the move

(work in progress)

Supper is a site specific performance that poses semantic questions on the experience of displacement and migration in the current social and financial climate.

Supper consists of layers of images and actions inspired in real stories of a group of recent migrants that the dancers and I interviewed during the research process. Papers, pictures, small personal items, table sets were collected and selected throughout the rehearsal period that are part of the narrative of shared stories creating the performance.

Director/Choreographer: Silvana Cardell

Visual Artist: Jennifer Baker

Prologue: Allan Irving and Pablo Meninato

Performers: Bethany Formica, Leanne Grieger, William Robinson, Adrian Pascencia, Maria Urrutia

Company Intern: Jazmine Brooks


Gamelan Semara Santi is looking for dancers!

Swarthmore’s classical Indonesian percussion orchestra (Gamelan Semara Santi) is looking for new student dancers this year!   No prior experience with Balinese dance is assumed, but students should have some prior dance training.  We’ve got some unusual stuff in the works!  We will be performing Kecak – the so-called Balinese ‘Monkey Chant’.  This is a performance genre in which musicians accompany the dancers by chanting interlocking rhythms.  We will also perform a traditional Balinese greeting dance and the dancers will be accompanied by the usual orchestral percussion.

Balinese dance is taught by Latifah lsegaf and I Nyoman Suadin.

The commitment is:
Sunday October 27th, 2-5 PM, Boyer Studio
Sunday November 10th, 2-5 PM, Boyer Studio
Sunday November 24th, 2-5 PM, Boyer Studio
with a final Fall Concert: Sunday December 8th: 10 AM rehearsal; concert at 3 PM

If you are interested in participating please email Tom Whitman in the Music and Dance Department at twhitma1.