Plays in Translation @ Duke

Those of you who attended the “On Voice” conference might remember Jesus’ translation in process. You can hear his piece plus six others this coming Tuesday at 8pm in Sheafer Theater (Bryan Center, West Campus). The fruits of Dr. Conceison’s course provide a terrific precursor to the joint “Theatrical Translation as Creative Process” Conference PERC is hosting with UNC-Chapel Hill in April 2012!

2011 FHI Digital Humanities workshop for graduate students

Welcome to a new school year! Note the information session (Aug. 30). Register by Aug. 24 for this important workshop (information courtesy of Franklin Humanities Institute):

Tara McPherson: Graduate Student Workshop on Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: FHI Garage – C105, 1st Floor, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse

This is the first event in a speaker series on humanities scholarship in the digital age, which we are launching in conjunction with the new FHI digital publication initiative for graduate students. On Tuesday, August 30, we are hosting an information session on the new initiative for all interested humanities/interpretive social sciences PhD students. To sign up for the info session and/or the McPherson workshop, click here to complete the registration form (by August 24). Please note that space is limited for the workshop.

Money makes the world go ’round

or does it?

Join Duke Theater Studies professor Claire Conceison and her China Theater Experiment class as they put that aphorism to the test with a workshop production of Nick Yu’s Das Kapital on Tuesday, April 26 @ 8pm in Sheafer Theater (Bryan Center). Today’s “Recess” section of The Chronicle features an article about Nick’s residency and the show which will conclude his time on campus this spring. Make sure to leave time in your end-of-semester schedule’s to catch this performance and help us say goodbye (for now) to Nick!

Duke New Music Ensemble — snow in April (3rd)

Annoucement courtesy of Dave Garner.

Duke New Music Ensemble’s final concert of the semester is fast approaching! Sunday, April 3 at 8pm in Bone Hall in the Biddle music building they will present an exciting concert of works by American composers.

James Tenney’s experimental Swell Pieces open the concert with meditations on expansive, constantly shifting timbres followed by Violin Sonata No. 2 by William Bolcom, which was dedicated to jazz violinist Joe Venuti. Next up is Steve Reich’s early piece titled Pendulum Music that uses microphones and speakers to create web of phasing feedback. The penultimate piece is Concerto for Flute and Percussion by Lou Harrison—a quirky work with dancing grooves combined with poignant Gamelan-like evocations. The final piece is In a treeless place…only snow by John Luther Adams. Grant Menzies, of The Oregonian in Portland writes, “Adams’ music made the unseen visible, like breath exhaled into frosty air, a bodilessness pulsing with life. His rising and falling themes, traded among the strings, built a prayerful melodic arc that stretched out to infinity yet spoke directly to the individual soul.”

Jose Munoz at Duke

I apologize for posting this event posthumously. I wanted to include it in case the organizers recorded and might post Munoz’s talk (I will update this post with an appropriate link if they do so) and so I could give the link to remarks made last spring at the After Eve I event.

Mon, Mar 21, 4:30pm, Nelson Music Room (East Duke Building)

After Eve II. Events in honor of the late Eve Sedgwick presents a lecture by Prof. José Muñoz:

“Race, Sex, and the Incommensurate: Gary Fisher with Eve Sedgwick.”

A student of the late Eve Sedgwick, Muñoz is Chair of the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Theater on TV & Shanghai on Stage

Duke’s Department of Theater Studies celebrates the work of its faculty on two theater events opening this weekend.

Now You See Me

by Neal Bell
Directed by Jody McAuliffe
March 17-26, 2011
World Premiere.

Claire has a significant relationship with her TV: she talks and it answers her. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, she auditions to participate in a network reality show so she can fight her Final Battle in front of millions of viewers. A dark comedy about life, love, death and television.

Thur-Sun Mar 17-20
Wed-Sat Mar 23-26
Shows at 8:15 p.m. except Sunday March 20 at 3:15 p.m.

Purchase online / Purchase by phone: 919.682.3343
• $17 Fri/Sat/Sun; $12 weeknights
• Students (with current i.d.): $5 in advance or at the door

Shanghai Stories, happens ONE NIGHT ONLY — Saturday March 19 @ 7:30pm in Sheafer Theater. Shanghai Stories presents staged reading of selections from seven different plays by Nick Yu (Yu Rongjun). It also marks the beginning of Yu’s six-week residency at Duke.

Yu is the most produced living playwright in mainland China and the Deputy General Manager (and longtime director of marketing and programming) for Shanghai’s only state-run theater company, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre. He is the author of more than 30 plays and has won many prestigious awards. He is also the founder and director of a college theater festival in Shanghai, illustrating his commitment to young audiences and emerging playwrights.

Yu will be in residence at Duke to work with the students in Professor Claire Conceison’s course “The China Experiment.” The performance on March 19 will be followed by a reception in the Multicultural Center on the lower level of the Bryan Center. Yu’s residency will culminate with The China Experiment’s workshop production of his new play, Das Kapital, on April 26, also in Sheafer Theater. Both Shanghai Stories and Das Kapital performances are in English and free and open to the public.

Salman Rushdie @ Duke

Tuesday, April 12, 6pm, Page Auditorium, Duke West Campus.

The Franklin Humanities Institute presents world-renowned author Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight’s Children, The Moor’s Last Sigh, among other award-winning works. Mr. Rushdie’s will give the 2011 FHI Annual Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. His talk is entitled “Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World.”

The FHI is co-hosting this event with Diya, the South Asian Student Association at Duke, who has conducted a semester-long student reading group on Rushdie’s major works. There are other campus partners making this visit possible – a full list of co-sponsors can be viewed here .

This event is free and open to the public – but TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Tickets will be available via the Duke Box Office (Bryan Center Upper Level; starting March 15 10am for the Duke community and March 16 10am for the general public. Limit is 2 tickets per person.