Austin Arts Center Spring Preview

“From sacred Tibetan art to streetwise salsa, from a Fellini-esque main stage musical to secular Chinese modern dance, once again the Austin Arts Center will be home to an exciting semester of performing and visual arts at Trinity. And it’s still free to every member of the College community. Come, be part of it.”

Jeffry Walker, Austin Arts Center

Friday, 1/28 at 4pm AAC Goodwin Theater and Garmany Hall FREE
Opening of “Circle of Compassion, Circle of Peace: A Tibetan Mandala Project”
Over a two-week period, seven Buddhist nuns from the Keydong Nunnery in Kathmandu, Nepal will create a sacred sand mandala, a graphic representation of the perfected environment of an enlightened being: in this case, Avalokiteshvara, the Deity of Compassion. The Keydong nuns, who first came to Trinity in 1998 to create a sand mandala, are among the first Tibetan Buddhist women monastics to learn this sacred art practice that was traditionally reserved for monks only. Join us for a lecture/slide presentation entitled “Mandala: the Architecture of Enlightenment,” given by Visiting Asst. Professor of Religion Laura Harrington in Goodwin Theater. A ceremony will follow to welcome the nuns, along with a gallery opening of Tibetan Buddhist art on loan from the collection of Sarah Miller of Windsor, CT. For more information, visit the project website at

Tuesday, 2/1 – Monday, 2/14 (Closed 2/9) AAC Garmany Hall Monday - Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm FREE
Creation and dismantling of “Circle of Compassion, Circle of Peace”
The public is invited to view the creation of the mandala. These hours are subject to change to honor special sacred intervals in the mandala-making process when the hall must be closed. On Monday, Feb. 14, buses will be available to transport people to a CT River landing site, where the dismantling ceremony, which begins in Garmany Hall, will be completed. Seats on the bus are on a first-come, first-served basis. Departure time from the Trinity campus will be announced.

Wednesday, 2/2 at 7:30pm Seabury Hall, 3rd floor FREE
Studio 47 Dance: Sally Gross
Former Judson choreographer and performer Sally Gross has been called "a master minimalist" by Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times. She will bring to Trinity an evening of dances that are "straightforward, precise yet unpredictable," revealing more than a touch of poetry and concern for humanity. Note: this venue is not handicapped accessible.

Thursday, 2/3 – Friday, 3/11 Sunday - Friday 1-6pm AAC Widener Gallery FREE
Imna Arroyo "Ancestors of the Passage: A Healing Journey through the Middle Passage"
At the core of Arroyo's artwork are issues of identity that reflect her African, Caribbean and Taino heritage and culture. Nurtured by personal and collective references to her culture and ancestry Arroyo’s images reflect her physical and spiritual world. She premieres a new installation of collographs and 27 ceramic busts with extended hands emerging from a sea, reaching out to remind us of the legacy of the Middle Passage of the African slave trade. Opening reception Thursday, February 10 from 4:30-6:30pm.

Friday, 2/4 & Saturday, 2/5 at 8pm AAC Goodwin Theater $15/$10 seniors, students & Let’s Go cards Double Edge Theatre: “The UnPOSSESSED”
“A glorious visual feast” - Boston Herald
“Performers literally swing from the rafters and climb through the audience” - Boston Globe
Based on Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel “Don Quixote,” “The UnPOSSESSED” fuses popular and circus arts, including aerial theater, puppetry and commedia, with live original music. In the face of horror, Quixote chooses to dream another world while pursuing his mad quest for hope amidst a reality spinning out of control. The audience will be seated onstage underneath the aerial actors to enjoy the full range of Double Edge Theatre’s uniquely imagistic and intimately theatrical style. Double Edge creates a world both visceral and hallucinatory in this daring new work directed by Stacey Klein featuring artists from Poland, Argentina, Portugal and the U.S. Based on a 100-acre farm in Western Massachusetts, for 22 years this acclaimed company has engaged in theatrical collaborations around the globe.

Tuesday, 2/22 at 8pm Seabury Hall, 3rd floor FREE
Studio 19: Vivien Boronyak
Vivien, a visiting student at Trinity from Hungary, will direct a new performance piece. Her aesthetic is sure to amaze, as she combines slow-motion stylized movement and charged music to create alarmingly tender moments of juxtaposition. Note: This venue is not handicapped accessible.

Thursday, 2/24 at 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 2/25 - 26 at 4pm and 8pm AAC Garmany Hall FREE
“Sand” is an ensemble-based performance piece conceived as a response to the Circle of Compassion, Circle of Peace mandala project. Created and directed by NYC performance artist and Visiting Lecturer Michael Burke, and developed with Trinity students, “Sand” juxtaposes spoken text, dance, music, and visual imagery. This moving piece explores themes of compassion, impermanence and the interconnectedness of all beings, and how these relate to our personal histories and world views through the metaphor of sacred sand castles. The performances are free, but TICKETS ARE NECESSARY DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, and are available by calling the AAC Box Office on or after their opening day of January 31 at 860-297-2199.

3/4 & Saturday, 3/5 at 8pm AAC Goodwin Theater $10/$5 seniors, students & Let’s Go cards
Dancing from the Inside Out
Trinity's talented student choreographers offer a variety of delightful, thoughtful and often humorous dances. This annual spring concert features dancers from Trinity and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in the premiere of a new work by Hartford choreographer and Trinity faculty member Deborah Goffe.

3/11 at 8pm AAC Goodwin Theater $15/$10 seniors, students & Let’s Go cards
Salsa Machine: Bio Ritmo
Embracing the streetwise, stripped-down salsa sound so rare in today's contemporary Latin music scene, Bio Ritmo's “old schools with a twist” approach is converting skeptics and delighting dancers across the globe. This veteran salsa band out of Richmond, VA, creates a buzz everywhere they go, and their live shows have been called “downright flammable.” They recently beat out 1,700 bands to win the Disc Makers Independent Music World Series (IMWS) Northeast finals in NYC. “These musicians are serious, their songs original, their arrangements tight, and their live shows raise the roof. You’ll hear elements of bomba, samba, charanga, danzón, and bolero in some of the songs. This band can play!” raves Latin Style Magazine.

Monday, 3/14 at 8pm Seabury Hall 3rd floor FREE
Studio 19: Tim Miller in “Sex! Body! Self!”
Internationally acclaimed NYC performance artist Tim Miller delivers a stimulating and opinionated rant with performance about identity, the culture wars and queer strategies for the future. Witness lesbian and gay Americans being forced into exile because of U.S. Human Rights violations! Gasp at the hideous congressional slander of artists engaged with society! Thrill to fierce cultural plots and plans for radical transformation! “Tim Miller sings that song of the self which interrogates, with explosive, exploding, subversive joy and freedom, the constitution and borderlines of selfhood. You think you don't need to hear such singing? You do! You must!” proclaims Tony Kushner, creator of “Angels in America.” Note: this venue is not handicapped accessible.

Tuesday, 3/15 at 8pm Hamlin Hall FREE
Chamber Music Recital
Enjoy an evening of chamber music from the Baroque and Classic eras performed by students and faculty. Presented in the beautiful Hamlin Hall, a soaring Gothic-style refectory with warm acoustics located across from Cinestudio.

Wednesday, 3/16 at 7:30pm Seabury Hall, 3rd floor FREE
Studio 47 Dance: Arthur Aviles/Typical Theatre
Aviles, formerly with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, has been proclaimed "one of the great modern dancers of the last 15 years" by the NY Times. He and his company, Typical Theatre, will present new and recent works that continue his mission of exploring his Puerto Rican/Latino heritage and its relationship to modern dance. Note: This venue is not handicapped accessible.

Thursday - Saturday, 3/31 - 4/2 AAC Garmany Hall FREE
Senior Theses
Three Trinity seniors’ studies culminate with a presentation of exciting new works. Emily Tucker’s “Home” is a multidisciplinary, collaborative piece which explores perceptions of home. Jamie Fontaine’s “Pursuing Perfection” is a creative movement and dance piece based on body image and the perception of the body in classical ballet and the Body Art Movement. Kevin Michael Keating directs “the really real thing,” a multi-disciplinary, multi-cola experience probing the murky, bubbling depths of soft drink advertising and slogan wars. Serving up pop culture, pop art, and soda pop in a pretty aluminum can, by the end you’ll be singing, “You've Got the Right One Baby.” Uh-Huh!
HOME: Thursday, 3/31 at 4pm and Saturday 4/2 at 8pm
PURSUING PERFECTION: Thursday, 3/31 at 8pm and Friday, 4/1 at 6pm
REAL THING: Friday, 4/1 at 8pm and Saturday, 4/2 at 4pm

Wednesday, 4/6 - Wednesday, 4/27 Sunday - Friday 1-6pm AAC Widener Gallery FREE
Studio Arts Annual
This annual exhibition features the work of students enrolled in Studio Arts courses. Opening reception: Wednesday, April 6, 4:30-6:30 pm. The gallery will re-open for the Studio Arts Senior Exhibition on May 21 and 22.

Wednesday, 4/6 at 7:30pm Seabury Hall, 3rd floor FREE
Studio 47 Dance: Lisa Race
Performers roll, tumble and glide, rise into the air in unexpected lifts and dive under and around each other in a thrilling and surprising new piece created especially for and with Trinity students by New York guest choreographer Lisa Race. Note: this venue is not handicapped accessible.

Thursday, 4/7 - Saturday, 4/9 at 8pm AAC Goodwin Theater $10/$5 seniors, students & Let’s Go cards Spring Musical: “Nine”
Inspired by Fellini's film "8 1/2,” “Nine” revolves around Guido Contini, a womanizing Italian movie director unable to come up with a subject for his latest film. After his recent box office failures, the strain shows in the relations with his wife, child, lovers, business associates and friends, as well as his enemies. A frustrated Guido struggles to act his mature age of forty as opposed to nine. This student production is directed and conducted by Music Professor Gerald Moshell, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, book by Arthur Kopit.

4/15 at 8pm AAC Goodwin Theater $15/$10 seniors, students & Let’s Go cards
Yin Mei Dance in “Nomad: The River”
This new modern dance theater work is inspired by choreographer Yin Mei's childhood growing up along the banks of China’s Yellow River during the Cultural Revolution. “Nomad: The River” invokes the potent forces of China’s Yellow and India’s Ganges Rivers, both holy, mythical cradles of civilization that are occasionally destructive. For this evening-length work for seven dancers, Yin Mei collaborated with media artist, composer and sound designer Chris Salter and with lighting designer Shao Lia. “Nomad” has been commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop in NYC, where it will premiere March 9-12, 2005. With the twin successes of Empty Tradition/City of Peonies and /Asunder (which toured 11 U.S. cities in 2002-2003), Yin Mei has established herself as a choreographer uniquely positioned to explore themes of artistic and spiritual significance arising at the intersection between Asian traditional performance and Western contemporary dance theater.

China’s Yellow River - named for the mud that clouds its waters - is considered the soul of China. It is a locus of ghosts and ghost stories, mythical happenings, destruction, disasters and transformation. Likewise, for the Indian people, the Ganges is a holy and inviolate body of water - a river from which they drink, on which they cremate their dead in floating pyres, and in which they ritually bathe - despite its being one of the most polluted bodies of water on earth. The duality represented by these fabled rivers drives the choreography and visual environment of the piece. Chris Salter’s visual environment transforms the theater space into a river along which a ghostly boat carries the dancers on their journey. Periodically the dancers emerge from the boat to face a different reality, spinning out of control, then re-inventing themselves and bathing in clouds of green tea dust. The work continually shifts between the longing to escape the world and the rawness and danger of the here-and-now in which we must, inevitably, find our way.

Sunday, 4/17 at 8pm Raether LITC DiBenedetto Reading Room FREE
The Trinity College Concert Choir
Classical and popular choral works are performed by student soloists and professional orchestra in this annual spring concert conducted by Professor Gerald Moshell.

Thursday, 4/21 at 8pm AAC Goodwin Theater FREE
Trinity Samba Ensemble
Come join in the celebration of the Trinity Samba Ensemble’s debut performance! This Brazilian-based drumming and singing group will perform a variety of samba styles, including samba-enredo that sets the stage for Rio de Janeiro’s carnival parades, as well as samba-reggae, a recent fusion of Brazilian samba with Jamaican reggae. Bring your dancing shoes, and get ready to samba!

4/22 at 8pm AAC Goodwin Theater FREE
Senior Recital: Keli Ross-Ma'u
A concert of original compositions, performed by Mr. Ross-Ma'u with assisting instrumentalists and singers.

Saturday, 4/23 at 3pm AAC Goodwin Theater FREE
Chamber Ensembles and Private Lessons Recital
Enjoy an afternoon of music performed by student instrumentalists and vocalists enrolled in the Trinity Music Department’s chamber ensembles and private lessons programs.

Monday, 4/25 at 8pm AAC Goodwin Theater FREE
Trinity Jazz Night
A lively student big band under the direction of saxophonist Kris Allen performs a diverse selection of great jazz compositions spanning 70+ years.

Thursday, 4/28 at 4:30 and 7:30pm Seabury Hall, 3rd floor, Studio 19 FREE
Interarts Practicum
Students in their second year of study in Trinity's InterArts Program present a multi-disciplinary evening of music and theater. Note: this venue is not handicapped accessible.

Wednesday, May 4 at 10am Washington Room, Mather Campus Center FREE
Finding the Quiet
As an offshoot of the “Circle of Compassion, Circle of Peace” mandala project, over 200 Parkville Community School students from Hartford, joined by Trinity students, will perform their response to the mandala in a piece entitled “Finding the Quiet.” The piece will be coordinated by Visiting Lecturer Kathy Borteck Gersten, joined by members of the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble.

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