A&I Continues Season With Exciting Nrityagram Ensemble of India

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The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of India continues the 2011-12 season of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Arts & Issues series March 16.

Members of Nrityagram Dance Company

We believe it will be an exciting evening; a spectacle not soon forgotten.

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of India, known as a “total immersion” dance community, continues the 2011-12 season of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Arts & Issues series March 16, at the historic and newly renovated Wildey Theater in downtown Edwardsville. The event is set for 7:30 p.m. that Friday.

For more than 25 years, SIUE’s Arts & Issues series has brought great performers and distinguished speakers to Southwestern Illinois. The official media sponsors for A&I are the Edwardsville Intelligencer and KWMU-FM, while the series official hotel sponsor is Hampton Inn and Suites. The 2011-12 Arts & Issues season is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Arts & Issues Director Grant Andree said Nrityagram is considered one of the foremost dance companies in India. “This concert promises to display the beauty and tradition of classical Indian dance honed to near perfection,” Andree said. “We believe it will be an exciting evening; a spectacle not soon forgotten.

“And, there’s the added excitement of offering this concert at the Wildey, a beautifully restored performance space that hearkens back to the early days of the city of Edwardsville. We are very pleased to be a part of the new theater space.”

Nrityagram, which was founded in 1990 near Bangalore, India, displays gorgeous, traditional costumes and is devoted to classical movements, transporting the audience to enchanted worlds of magic and spirituality. With exceptional synchronicity, compelling physicality and emotional honesty, the ensemble has earned national and international acclaim for its ability to redefine both dance and theater; to create and communicate with powerful imagery and captivating movement.

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Remaining Arts & Issues events for 2011-12 series season include:

The Combined Orchestras of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and SIU Carbondale, featuring violinist David Kim, concertmaster for the Philadelphia Orchestra—Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at the theater in SIUE’s Dunham Hall.
Sponsored by Commerce Bank
The orchestras of both Southern Illinois University main campuses will be combined for one exciting evening, featuring David Kim, a native of Carbondale who has been concertmaster for the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999. Kim’s numerous solo engagements around the world have included the orchestras of Dallas, Pittsburgh, Capetown, KBS (Korea) and Moscow, as well as the Buffalo and Seoul philharmonics, the Polish National Radio Orchestra, the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and numerous orchestras across North, Central and South America.

Arts & Issues and the SIUe Xfest welcome
The Squonk Opera presenting Edwardsville: The Opera—Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 7:30 p.m., the theater in SIUE’s Dunham Hall
Sponsored by the SIUE Credit Union

Squonk Opera is a multimedia performance troupe from Pennsylvania, “Edwardsville: The Opera” is part of its “hometown opera” series. Squonk will weave hometown documentation and video with its original musical score, providing a heartfelt toast and punk-vaudevillian roast to our city at the same time. While highlighting the distinct characteristics of each community, This avant-garde group’s unique performances combine music, sound and image with innovative video, slapstick comedy and unexpected surprises. Squonk Opera has performed on Broadway, in Europe and South Korea, across the United States, and in a Pittsburgh junkyard with earthmovers and choreographed cranes.

For additional information about the series, call (618) 650-5774. More information and tickets are available through the website: artsandissues.com.

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EDITORS: The 2011-12 Arts & Issues photos suitable for print are available at http://www.siue.edu/artsandissues/PhotoIndex.shtml

Arts & Issues is a series of distinguished speakers and performers that supports the academic mission of the University. Students meet and discuss issues with renowned speakers in workshops, dinners, receptions and classes. Students in music, theater and dance work directly with visiting artists in master classes. Arts & Issues also gives students opportunities to gain experience in special events production, administration, fundraising and development.

SIUE offers the advantages of a small, liberal arts college with the low tuition rates of a state university. Our emphasis on undergraduate education, complemented by faculty research, creates practical applications for student learning. Located in the second most populated area of the state, this Illinois university draws students from all 102 Illinois counties, 42 states and 50 nations.

The SIUE College of Arts and Sciences combines foundational education with diverse and highly-specialized coursework. Faculty help students explore diversity of ideas, experiences and people while learning to think and live as fulfilled, productive members of a global society. The College offers 44 degree programs in the arts, humanities and social and natural sciences.

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