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Inaugural ArtsFest at Butler University, Apr. 18-28

Butler ArtsFest

By Marc Allan
Butler University
http://www.butler.edu/

A riot. A crushed uprising. A repressive regime. A human-rights movement. A new definition of dance, and a new language in music. Butler ArtsFest—eight days of music, theater, dance and art by Butler students and well-known Indianapolis professional groups—will showcase all that and more in an event centered around the theme of revolution.

From April 18-28 on campus—mostly at Butler University’s new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts—festivalgoers will be able to see more than 40 performances and other events, including former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conductor Raymond Leppard leading the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Butler Ballet performing Paul Taylor’s version of The Rite of Spring, Butler Theatre performing Lunar Revolution 2.0, a piece created by the Butler Theatre Department and Grammy Award-nominated percussionist Bobby Sanabria performing with the Butler Big Band.

The full schedule and ticket prices are below. For more information or to order tickets, visit https://www.butlerartsfest.com.

“The impetus for Butler ArtsFest was to have Jordan College make an impact on the community, actively reaching out, actively bringing people onto campus,” said Ronald Caltabiano, dean of Butler’s Jordan College of the Arts. “It is also a way to bring together the four arts on campus – music, dance, theater and art – and find ways in which we can collaborate and share multiple views of particular ideas.”

Perhaps built on memories of the music-centered Romantic Festival that Jordan College put on from the late 1960s, the ArtsFest will bring together all Jordan College arts, plus the American Pianists Association, Dance Kaleidoscope, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and special guests.

Caltabiano said ArtsFest will have an annual theme. This year, it’s revolution.

“Virtually every event is tied to that theme,” Caltabiano said, “and that gives the public a kaleidoscopic view of elements in history or in art. It’s a reference point. It’s also important for our academic mission since a number of classes are growing up around revolution in politics and in the arts.”

The revolutionary pieces to be performed include:

  • Paul Taylor’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal) with live music—the two-piano version of Stravinksy’s The Rite of Spring, a piece that’s part of the repertoire now but was considered so revolutionary when it premiered in 1912 that audience members rioted.
  • The futuristic Prague 1968, written to memorialize the crushed Prague Spring movement in Czechoslovakia.
  • Frederic Rzewski’s monumental The People United Will Never Be Defeated, written as a tribute to the Chilean people struggling against a new, repressive regime.
  • SEVEN: Journeys, monologues from the 2006 play written by seven female playwrights about seven women who led human rights movements in their countries.

Ultimately, Caltabiano would like to see Butler ArtsFest grow into something resembling the annual Spoleto festival in Charleston, S.C., which runs for more than two weeks each spring and attracts audiences from all over the country.

“Over time,” he said, “I hope this brings a significant amount of attention to the arts at Butler and has a positive impact on Indianapolis as a cultural center.”

Butler ArtsFest events by date:

Thursday, April 18

  • 6:30 p.m. Opening reception (Schrott Center).
  • 6-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 8 p.m. Dance Kaleidoscope – The Best of DK! (Schrott Center). $25/$7.50
  • 8 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0, directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre 168). $15/$7.50

Friday, April 19

  • 5 p.m. Lecture – “Music of the Arab Spring” student presentation (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Coordinated by Sarah Eyerly, Jordan College of the Arts.
  • 6-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 6 p.m. Lecture – “Recycling and Art: A Call to Action” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Lawrence Lad, College of Business.
  • 7 p.m. Lecture – “Beethoven and the Revolutionary Mind” (Schrott Center). Free. James Briscoe, Jordan College of the Arts.
  • 8 p.m. Butler Ballet – Giselle (Clowes Memorial Hall). $28.50/$23 and $21.50/$17
  • 8 p.m. Revolutionary Chamber Music – performed by Butler faculty, including music by Beethoven, Crumb, Kreutzer, Peck, and Zivkovic (Schrott Center). $15/$7.50
  • 8 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0 directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre). $15/$7.50

Saturday, April 20

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 6-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 10 a.m. Butler Community Arts School – Children’s Percussion Concert (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 11 a.m. Butler Percussion Ensemble – directed by Jon Crabiel (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 1 p.m. Spoken Word – “Outspoken: Poetry and Spoken Word Performances by Shortridge High School Students and their Butler Mentors” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Coordinated by Susan Sutherlin, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 2 p.m. Lecture – “Viva La Revolución! A Collaborative Multimedia Essay of Cuba’s Revolution Past and Present” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Susan Adams and Brooke Kandel Cisco, College of Education.
  • 2 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0 directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre). $15/$7.50
  • 3 p.m. Lecture – “La Revolución Cantada: The Choral Music Tradition of the Cuban Revolution” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Trevor Fanning, graduate student, Jordan College of the Arts.
  • 7 p.m. Cocktail Reception (Schrott Center). Cash bar.
  • 8 p.m. Butler Jazz Ensembles—directed by Matthew Pivec with guest Bobby Sanabria (Schrott Center). $19.50/$7.50
  • 8 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0 directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre 168). $15/$7.50
  • 8 p.m. Butler Ballet – Giselle (Clowes Memorial Hall). $28.50/$23 and $21.50/$17

Sunday, April 21

  • 12:30 p.m. Lecture – “Art and Revolution in France” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Elizabeth Mix, Jordan College of the Arts.
  • 2 p.m. Butler Ballet – Giselle (Clowes Memorial Hall). $28.50/$23 and $21.50/$17
  • 2 p.m. Butler Theatre – Lunar Revolution 2.0 directed by William Fisher (Studio Theatre 168). $15/$7.50
  • 3-9 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 6 p.m. Pre-Concert Lecture – Introduction to the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra performance (Schrott Center). Free with concert ticket.  Maestro Kirk Trevor, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
  • 7 p.m. Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra – conducted by Kirk Trevor; ICOnic ICO, including Rhapsody in Blue and music by Bernstein and Copland (Schrott Center). $25/$7.50

Monday, April 22; Tuesday, April 23; Wednesday, April 24

  • Special Revolutionary programming on WFYI. Check TV listings.

Thursday, April 25

  • 5 p.m. Lecture – “At War with General Franco” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Michael Dahlie, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 5-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 6 p.m. Butler Theatre – Journeys, from SEVEN, directed by William Fisher and Dan Sherer [Program A] (Schrott Center). $9.50/$5 (Combination tickets for Program A and Program B: $15/$7.50)
  • 7 p.m. Cocktail Reception (Schrott Center). Cash bar.
  • 8 p.m. Butler Wind Ensemble – conducted by Robert Grechesky with guest Steven Stolen; program includes Karel Husa’s Prague 1968 (Schrott Center). $15/$7.50

Friday, April 26

  • 5-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 6 p.m. Butler Theatre – Journeys, from SEVEN, directed by William Fisher and Dan Sherer [Program B] (Schrott Center). $9.50/$5 (Combination tickets for Program A and Program B: $15/$7.50)
  • 7 p.m. Conversation with Playwright Susan Yankowitz (Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168). Free.
  • 8 p.m. American Pianists Association – APA Fellows Thomas Rosenkranz and Michael Sheppard perform Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated and Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (Schrott Center). $25/$7.50

Saturday, April 27

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 5-10 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 10 a.m. Butler Community Arts School—Children’s Dance Concert (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 11 a.m. Indianapolis Children’s Choir—directed by Henry Leck (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 12 Noon Lecture-demonstration – “Intersection of Dance, Religion and Culture” (Lilly Hall Dance Studio 310). Free. Moira Frazier, student, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 1 p.m. Lecture and Film – “Revolutionary Film: Using Literature and Musicology in Project Based Instruction” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Cassandra Pixey, Donna Rund, Clowes Memorial Hall; Nate Foley, Sarah Papin-Thomas, Triton Central High School.
  • 2 p.m. Lecture – “The Poetics and Politics of Change: Poems and Stories about Personal and Public Transformations from the Butler MFA in Creative Writing” (Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall). Free. Coordinated by Andrew Levy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 6 p.m. Lecture – “Revolutionary Stravinsky and Schoenberg” [Inaugural Wayne C. Wentzel Lecture] (Schrott Center). Presenter: J. Peter Burkholder, distinguished professor of Music, Indiana University. Free.
  • 6:45 p.m. Butler Jazz Combos and Cocktails (Schrott Center). Free, cash bar.
  • 7 p.m. Pre-performance talk with Larry Attaway, chair of the Butler Dance Department, and Susan McGuire, associate professor of dance, discussing Pierrot Lunaire and Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal). Free with admission to the 8 p.m. performance.
  • 8 p.m. Butler Dance and Music – Pierrot Lunaire with Maestro James Caraher; soprano Mary Nessinger; choreography by Larry Attaway; and Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal) with choreography by Paul Taylor, restaged by Susan McGuire with duo pianists Rebecca Edie and Eugenio Urrutia (Schrott Center) $19.50/$7.50

Sunday, April 28

  • 3-7 p.m. Art Gallery – Revolution, Art + Design faculty and student exhibition (Schrott Center). Free.
  • 5 p.m. Butler Symphony Orchestra and Butler Chorale – conducted by Raymond Leppard, with music by Beethoven, Dvorak, Johann Strauss Jr., Britten, and Vaughan Williams (Schrott Center). $25/$9.50 and $19.50/$7.50

 

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