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JCA Signature Series

JCA Signature Series

A High-Impact Artist Residency Program for Student Enrichment and Community Enjoyment

2019–2020 Series

Dorothy Moss (Art): September 18–19, 2019

Dorothy Moss

Dorothy Moss is curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery and coordinating curator of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Moss also directs the National Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. As curator of the Portrait Gallery’s first performance art series, IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture, she has commissioned new performances by multiple artists, including María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Sandy Huckleberry, J. J. McCracken, James Luna, Martha McDonald, Jeffrey Gibson, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Sheldon Scott, and WILMER WILSON IV. She serves as one of the curators of the ongoing Portraiture Now series and co-curated The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now (2017), which was part of that series. Moss’s most recent exhibitions include One Life: Sylvia Plath (2017), which focused on Plath’s visual identities, and The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers (2017). The latter examined portrayals of American workers in the United States from the 18th century to the present and was accompanied by a scholarly catalogue (Smithsonian Books). Her forthcoming exhibition, Hung Liu: Portraits of the Promised Lands, 1968–2020, will open at the National Portrait Gallery in 2021.

Prior to joining the National Portrait Gallery, Moss served as assistant curator of American art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She also worked as a researcher and writer for the installation of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. From 2008 to 2013, Moss taught the following seminars in American studies for the Smith College / Smithsonian program: The Copy in the Museum: Museums and New Technology, c. 1900–Present and Facing, Replicating, and Defacing the Self: Locating Identity in American Portraiture, c. 1800–Present. She has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues, and her commentaries and articles have appeared in such publications as the Burlington MagazineAmerican Artclick!: photography changes everything, and Gastronomica. Her essay, Performing and Portraying the Copy, c. 1900, is included in Replication in the Long Nineteenth Century: Re-makings and Reproductions (Edinburgh University Press, 2018). In February 2020, Moss’s essay on Amy Sherald’s portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama will be published in The Obama Portraits (Princeton University Press / National Portrait Gallery).

After graduating from Smith College, Moss earned an MA in Art History from Williams College, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Delaware. Her dissertation, Translations, Appropriations, and Copies of Paintings at the Dawn of Mass Culture in the United States, c. 1900 (2012), examined the shifting critical status of copies of paintings in the United States from 1870 to 1905.

Schedule of Events

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • 2:30–3:30 PM—Workshop with ART322 Painting 1, JCX 104
    • 7:30 PM—Public Lecture: Contemporary Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    • 4:00–5:00 PM—Workshop with ART105 Art History Survey 1, JCX 105

Alexis Black (Theatre): September 20–21, 2019 and October 11–12, 2019

Alexis Black

Alexis Black received her BFA in Performance from Ohio University and her MFA in Theatre Performance Pedagogy with an emphasis in Movement from Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexis is a certified teacher in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique and a Certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors’ International. She is an educator; fight, movement, and intimacy director; performer; and director. As a professional actor and member of AEA, she has worked with regional theaters, on international tours, and in numerous shows in NYC. As a fight, movement, and intimacy director, she has choreographed in Europe and South Korea, as well as for multiple region theatres, including the Tony-award winning Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC and for over 20 productions in New York City, including serving as assistant choreographer for Fool for Love on Broadway. She is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Website: https://www.alexisblack.net

Schedule of Events

Butler Theatre is offering a FREE Intimacy Direction Workshop led by Alexis Black on Saturday, September 21 from 1:00–3:00 PM on the campus of Butler University. To sign up, please visit the Butler University Department of Theatre website.

Further details TBA.

DeLanna Studi (Theatre): October 21, 2019

DeLanna Studi

DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) is an actor/playwright whose TV credits include Dreamkeeper, Edge of AmericaShamelessGeneral HospitalZ Nation, and the upcoming season of Goliath. Her theater credits include the First National Broadway Tour of August: Osage County, Off-Broadway’s Informed Consent, and Gloria: A Life. She retraced her family’s footsteps along the Trail of Tears with her father and created her play And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, which tours this fall, including at the Indiana Repertory Theatre (October 15–November 10, 2019). She is the Chair of SAG-AFTRA’s National Native Americans Committee.

Website: www.AndSoWeWalked.com

Schedule of Events

  • Monday, October 21—Workshop with theatre students, 1:00–4:00 PM, location TBA

Sandeep Das (Music): October 22–24, 2019

Sandeep Das. Photo credit ©Max Whittaker

Photo credit ©Max Whittaker

A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, Sandeep Das is one of the leading Tabla virtuosos in the world today. Having established himself as India’s top Tabla maestro, he has built a prolific international reputation spanning more than 25 years. He is one of the unique Indian classical musicians who has collaborated, performed with, and composed for major symphony orchestras, string quartets, jazz musicians, world music ensembles, and many other unique groups with regularly featured concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Concertgebouw, to name a few.

Das has performed at prestigious events such as 150th annual celebration of the UNO at the General Assembly Hall in NYC, the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Shanghai, the opening ceremony of the first Asia Expo in Kunming, China, the World Economic Forum, the BBC Proms, and for visiting dignitaries such as the Queen of England, the Queen of Thailand, the Pope and various other world leaders. His collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (SRE) for Sing Me Home won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, and he has had two previous Grammy nominations in 2005 and 2009. In 2017, Das received the prestigious Brother Thomas Fellowship and the New England Choice Artist of the Year Award, and in 2018 he was awarded a Live Arts Boston (LAB) Grant from The Boston Foundation.

Das has composed several pieces combining both percussion and melody. His most recent composition, Vaishnavi, was commissioned by the Freer|Sackler and can be heard on display near the statue of Queen Sembiyan Mahadevi in the museum gallery. Soul Mitra was made possible by an LAB grant and recently premiered at Cal Arts and in Boston, and King Ashoka (2016) was premiered at UC Santa Barbara by Yo-Yo Ma and the SRE and subsequently toured in Asia. Tarang was chosen as the theme music for Blind Sight, a documentary about the first Everest climb by six blind climbers, and Mohini became the theme music for the Japanese TV channel NHK’s 10-episode documentary on the Silk Road. Srishti, a percussive rich composition, has extensively toured worldwide, and in 2008 it was performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall for the annual United Nations Day Concert.

Das is the founder of HUM (H)armony and (U)niversality through (M)usic. HUM’s mission is two-fold: to promote global understanding through performance and education, and to provide learning opportunities and scholarships for specially-abled children with potential in any genre of art to empower them to lead self reliant lives. Since its inception, HUM has grown in size and now supports six specially-abled children through a National Scholarship, the first of its kind in India. The HUM Ensemble is the branch of HUM that creates and tours World Music in innovative combinations and instrumentations.

Das had intensively trained for 12 years, starting at the age of seven in the centuries-old Indian tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara of living with his legendary Guru—Pandit Kishan Maharaj— and learning and practicing music as a way of life, rather than an isolated art form. His training and life experiences provide a unique, educational opportunity for students and ensembles to learn from, and he frequently gives masterclasses and residencies at schools and universities throughout the world. He has been on faculty for the last five years at the Harvard Education School Summer Institute and has been an artist in residence at various universities like Dartmouth, Brandeis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Clara, College of the Holy Cross, Juilliard School of Music, Berklee School of Music, and UC British Columbia.

A Gold Medalist in English Literature from Banaras Hindu University in India, he is an artist, performer, composer, and cultural and educational entrepreneur. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Website: www.sandeepdas.com

Rajib KarmakarRajib Karmakar, sitar, is a Los Angeles based performance artist, composer, and educator who combines tradition with experiment to create new forms, drawing from a deep grounding in Indian classical music to wide varieties in contemporary world music, rock, and jazz. Rajib has been performing in India and abroad including the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland, performing for Ministry of Spain (Spain), Ottawa Council for Arts (Canada), Ganesh Mahotsav (India), Boom Festival (Portugal), Deutsch Indische Gesellschaft (Germany), Festival of India (United States and Canada), Festival Papillotes (France), Harbourfront Summer Series (Toronto), NAMM (Los Angeles), Theatre Rogue Du Conservatoire (Montreal), National Arts Center (Ottawa), Tropical Heatwave Festival (Tampa), Straz Center (Tampa), Castello Di Romeo (Italy), Roy O. Disney Hall (Los Angeles), and many more.

Rajib's versatility and ability has allowed him to adapt his classical skills and knowledge to his various world music projects, such as Dhara (United States), Wahh World Fusion (United States), Loop Science (Germany), Nada Naissance (France), etc., with his own creation “Mayur Tantri”—the world’s first double necked sitar. Rajib received his MFA in Music from California Institute of the Arts, United States, and currently he is the founder and director of Los Angeles International Music and Arts Academy.

Antara BhardwajAntara Bhardwaj, Kathak dancer, is one of the most dynamic classical Indian artists of this generation. Born in India, she began her study of Kathak (North Indian classical story-telling dance) with her Guru, the late Pandit Chitresh Das, at the age of nine. She spent many years studying one-on-one with him in the traditional ancient Guru-disciple tradition and went on to become a Kathak soloist, a member of the internationally renowned Chitresh Das Dance Company, and a teacher for the Chhandam School of Kathak. Most recently, Bhardwaj has started her own dance company and school—Antara Asthaayi Dance, where she teaches senior students of Pandit Das and develops a new generation of Kathak artists in the traditional Guru-disciple tradition. Bhardwaj focuses on her work as a solo artist, as well as discovering and developing her own unique, contemporary voice in company works.

Schedule of Events

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • Time and location TBA—Open rehearsal with Mr. Das, Mr. Karmakar, and Ms. Bhardwaj
    • Time and location TBA—Master classes with Mr. Das, Mr. Karmakar, and Ms. Bhardwaj
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    • Noon–1:30 PM—Mr. Das rehearses with the Butler University Percussion Ensemble, LH 112
    • 7:30 PM—Public performance: Tabla Maestro Sandeep Das: Taal Raag Mudra. An evening of classical Indian rhythm, melody, and dance. Tickets are available at ButlerArtsCenter.org.
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019
    • Noon–12:50 PM—Conversation with Mr. Das, Mr. Karmakar, and Ms. Bhardwaj, location TBD
    • 7:30 PM—Mr. Das performs with the Butler University Percussion Ensemble, Schrott Center for the Arts

Canadian Brass (Music): November 18–19, 2019

Canadian Brass. Photo Credit: MB Daellenbach&Ravindra Singh

Photo Credit: MB Daellenbach&Ravindra Singh

With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.”

Friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together in 1970 to form a brass quintet—a chamber music setting not entirely new, but never before having garnered the success and storied career Canadian Brass would achieve over the next 40 years. Initially, Gene took on the role of developing new repertoire while Chuck was the moving force in marketing, publishing and managing the business. Three empty chairs were quickly filled and together, the group’s imagination and consummate musicianship elevated the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Here was not only an opportunity to explore the possibilities of an all-brass chamber group but a challenge to bring the sound and the excitement of brass music to new audiences.

Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. Each of their concerts will show the full range from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them—from formal classical presentation to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun—but never at the expense of the music: whatever the style, the music is central and performed with utmost dedication, skill and excellence.

With a discography of over 130 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is an important pioneer in bringing brass music to mass audiences everywhere. They have sold well over 2 million albums worldwide, with 1.2 million sold in the Nielsen Soundscan era alone (since 1991). They continue to score Billboard chart positions—like with their rousing recording of patriotic songs and marches, Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, which spent eight weeks in the Top 25 on the Billboard Classical Chart, peaking at No. 2! Touring legends with an enthusiastic fan base, the Canadian Brass play to packed houses everywhere throughout the USA, Canada, Japan, and Europe. They have also toured Australia, the Middle East, the Soviet Union, and South America. They were the first brass ensemble from the West to perform in the People’s Republic of China (where they returned for a five-city tour to great acclaim in the spring of 2010 and several visits after this, including an appearance on Hunan TV for Chinese New Year) as well as the first brass group to take the main stage at the venerable Carnegie Hall. On numerous occasions, Canadian Brass has been invited by the Canadian Government to play for visiting heads of states, becoming one of Canada’s greatest resources and musical ambassadors.

Millions of television viewers have had Canadian Brass in their homes with appearances on The Tonight Show, Today, and Entertainment Tonight, and recently to more than half a billion viewers for Chinese New Year on China’s most popular station. They have appeared as guest artists on Evening at Pops with John Williams and the Boston Pops, Beverly Sills’ Music Around the World, and numerous PBS specials, including a celebrated appearance on Sesame Street; additionally, they are frequent guests of many major symphony orchestras. Canadian Brass were the featured artists on the soundtrack to the 1988 film The Couch Trip, starring Dan Aykroyd and Walter Matthau. Consummate artists, the quintet has also created unique and interactive videos that have gained an international audience including a series of DVDs featuring the brass in concert and teaching. They are on the cutting edge of technology offering their fans multimedia airplay, downloads, and YouTube videos and streaming opportunities, as well as digital applications with iPhone and other smartphone carriers. You can find them on Twitter and on Facebook, with their fanbase growing daily!

The varied Canadian Brass repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements. These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, Classical works, marches, holiday favourites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway, and Christian music, as well as popular songs and standards. Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created their own musical world by transcribing, arranging, and commissioning more than 600 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis, and more. They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile and vital ensemble that can play everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin. Canadian Brass is especially noted for their famous Holiday Concerts at Christmas time and was at the forefront of re-establishing Scott Joplin with today’s audiences through their research, arrangements, and recordings of his “rags” and other works.

Education plays a key role in the story of Canadian Brass, and each member is uniquely attuned to training the next generation of players. On their travels around the world, they often pause for masterclasses and are more than happy to work with students and young audiences. Canadian Brass is currently Ensemble in Residence at the University of Toronto after having been Chamber Quintet-in-Residence for many years at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and has created an innovative brass summer course at the Eastman School of Music. Their support of education is also clearly viewed in their outreach and interaction with El Sistema, the acclaimed global music education program in Venezuela.

In conjunction with the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Canadian Brass has made available their extensive library of brass music for performers of all levels as well as learning tools. Since 1998, Canadian Brass has been a recording artist at Opening Day Entertainment Group (ODEG) (distributed by IDLA) releasing over 25 CDs on the imprint to date. Opening Day is owned and run by Chuck Daellenbach together with his wife, MB. Canadian Brass sheet music and recordings are available in their online store.

With four decades under their belts, Canadian Brass continues to thrill audiences around the world—and they don’t look like they are letting up anytime soon!

Canadian Brass is: founding member Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti and Caleb Hudson (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone), and Jeff Nelsen (horn). The Canadian Brass is represented by IMG Artists in New York.

Website: www.canadianbrass.com

Schedule of Events

  • Monday, November 18, 2019
    • Workshops and master classes—details coming soon!
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Louisville Ballet (Dance): January 29–31, 2020

Louisville Ballet; photo credit: Sam English

Photo credit: Sam English

Louisville Ballet, led by Artistic + Executive Director Robert Curran, is an evolved but accessible form of artistic expression that boldly and beautifully communicates stories both classic and new. We exist to move, to evoke emotion, to provoke thought, and to challenge perceptions. We are artists, athletes, and activists. We are inventors and inspirers. We have been one of the nation’s leading ballet companies since 1952. As the Official State Ballet of Kentucky, we have hosted some of ballet’s biggest names including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and Wendy Whelan; performed for tens of thousands of people; and reached over 20,000 school children throughout the commonwealth with educational programs annually.

Website: https://www.louisvilleballet.org

Schedule of Events

The Louisville Ballet will present a public performance in the Schrott Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at ButlerArtsCenter.org.

Additional workshops and master classes TBA.

Michael Abels (Music) and Patrick de Bana (Dance): February 5–9, 2020, Midwinter Dances

Michael Abels

Michael Abels is an African-American composer known for his orchestra works Global WarmingDelights & Dances, and Urban Legend, as well as choral pieces such as Be The Change and Limitless. With a “keen ear for musical color and a deft ability to adapt structural elements from popular music into the symphonic idiom” (Houston Chronicle), Michael Abels has gained widespread recognition for his orchestral music. Global Warming and Delights & Dances have both been recorded by the Chicago Sinfonietta for the Cedille label.

Best known for combining classical music with African-American jazz, blues, bluegrass, and ethnic genres, Michael was asked by writer/director Jordan Peele to compose the music for Get Out. “I wanted Michael Abels, who did the score, to create something that felt like it lived in this absence of hope but still had [black roots],” Peele said in a recent interview for GQ. He also scored Peele’s latest film, Us, which premiered at SXSW. Up next for Abels is the Spike Lee produced Sci Fi film, See You Yesterday.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Abels attended the University of Southern California, studying with James Hopkins and Robert Linn. Later he studied West African music with Alfred Ladzekpo at the California Institute for the Arts. He currently serves as Director of Music for New Roads School in Santa Monica.

Michael is a past recipient of grants and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer, LA Opera, and many orchestras throughout the country. In his concert career he has worked with James Earl Jones, Doc Severinsen, and a diverse group of other musical artists. Abels also wrote the score for Fantasea at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

Website: http://kraft-engel.com/clients/michael-abels/

Patrick de BanaBorn in Hamburg by a German mother and a Nigerian father, Patrick de Bana studied at the school of Hamburg Ballett (directed by John Neumeier and Truman Finney), before he was engaged at the Bèjart Ballet Lausanne (directed by Maurice Bèjart) in 1987, where he shortly after got promoted to a principal dancer.

He left Bèjart Ballet Lausanne in 1992 in order to join the Compania Nacional de Danza of Spain (directed by Nacho Duato). As a principal dancer he stayed over ten years. In his repertoire are choreographers such as: Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Hans van Manen, etc.

In 2003 he created his own company, the Nafas Dance Company. With his company and as a guest artist, Patrick travelled throughout many countries around the world: Turkey, Holland, Cuba, Israel, Colombia, Japan, South and North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Ö Patrick choreographed and performed in the movies Iberia (2004) and Fados (2006), both directed by the well-known Spanish film director Carlos Saura. One year later he toured around Europe with the world famous Fado singer Mariza.

Rich of all these impressions and experiences, he is creating numerous pieces all over the world with different companies and dancers. This variety is significant for Patrick de Bana himself and his creations. That gives this very rare and special attribute for his oeuvre as choreographer.

In the meantime, he is continuing his collaborations with star dancers such as Manuel Legris, Agnes Letestu, Aurèlie Dupont, Eleonora Abbagnato, Friedeman Vogel, Mizuka Ueno, Farouk Ruzimatov, Ilze Liepa, Eva la Yerbabuena, Helena Martin, Ivan Vasiliev, Isabelle Guèrin, and Svetlana Zakharova.

Being invited by Nathalia Ozipova and Ivan Vasiliev, he took part in the International Dance Gala Tour de Force (2013) in Los Angeles.

Shanghai Ballet offered Patrick de Bana the artistic direction of its Shanghai World Ballet Gala Baiser vole (2014) and Memories of a Kiss (2016). In 2014 he was also commissioned for a new creation inspired by the legendary poem Everlasting Regret. For this occasion, he chose to entrust the scenery of the famous Jaya Ibrahim and costumes of Agnès Letestu, Paris Opera Etoile.

Patrick de Bana created a new version of Marie-Antoinette for the Wiener Staatsballett, and he also created Rain Before it Falls with Svetlana Zakharova and Lost Heaven with Mathieu Ganio and Hervè Moreau, both Etoiles of the Paris Opera Ballet.

In 2017 Patrick took part in the 50th Anniversary Gala Performance of Andris Liepa. And he premiered his triple bill evening Three Colors of Love (including Rite of Spring, Ludwig II, and Windgames) at the Shanghai Ballet in China.

Also in late 2017 Patrick de Bana participated in gala performances of Manuel Legris and Friends in Tokyo, Japan. He also gave masterclasses in Istanbul, Turkey on regular occasions in 2017 and 2018. He aims to grow and pass on the youth’s understanding and experiences regarding the life as a ballet dancer and choreographer. In 2018 he therefore created and premiered the ballet Broken Wings for the Bundesjugendballett of the Hamburg Ballett directed by John Neumeier.

Mid-2018, Patrick created Medea as a Solo-Version for Laura Hecquet, Etoiles of the Paris Opera Ballet, which was premiered at Un Violon sur le Sable festival in France.

Patrick de Bana closed the year 2018 with his inspiring creation of Dreams of a Traveller – A Tale from Muharraq. It was created in Madrid, Spain and premiered successful in Bahrain in November 2018.

In March 2019 Patrick premiered his new ballet Silk/Ochiba at the gala performances Manuel Legris and Stars in blue in Tokyo, Japan. This emotionally intense duet was danced by Manuel Legris and Olga Smirnova.

In terms of upcoming projects Patrick de Bana is preparing several new productions for the Ballet Company of the Butler University Indianapolis, the Moscow State Academy Theatre, the Shanghai Ballet, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

In 2020 he will premiere his latest ballet, Notre Dame de Paris, which he is currently creating for the Liaoning Ballet in Shenyang, China.

Website: patrickdebana.com

Schedule of Events

Butler Ballet and the Butler University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Colburn, will present world premiere performances of a new work composed by Mr. Abels and choreographed by Mr. de Bana. Performances will take place in Clowes Memorial Hall on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30 PM; Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 PM; Friday, February 7 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 and 8:00 PM; and Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available at ButlerArtsCenter.org.

Frances Jacobus-Parker (Art): February 26–27, 2020

Frances Jacobus-ParkerFrances Jacobus-Parker is an art historian, curator, and critic of postwar and contemporary art. From 2018 to 2019 she served as Visiting Curator at the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, where she organized the exhibition Revisions: Contemporary Native Art. Her dissertation, which she is completing at Princeton University, is the first book-length analysis of the pivotal oeuvre of the Latvian-born, American artist Vija Celmins (who received her BFA from the John Herron School of Art in 1962).

Frances has held curatorial and research fellowships at the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and was a teaching fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her writing has appeared in a wide range of exhibition catalogs and in essay collections on topics including collaboration, protest, and war. 

Schedule of Events

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2019
    • 1:00–2:00 PM—Lecture for art students: Vija Celmins, JCA Annex
    • 7:30 PM—Free public lecture, Revisions: Contemporary Native Art, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
  • Thursday, February 27, 2019
    • 2:30–3:30 PM—Workshop with art students, JCA Annex

National Players (Theatre): March 19–20, 2020

National Players

Celebrating its 71st season, National Players is a unique ensemble bringing innovative theater to communities large and small across the United States. Founded in 1949, National Players stimulates youthful imagination and critical thinking by presenting classic plays in invigorating ways for modern audiences.

National Players is the hallmark outreach program of Olney Theatre Center, a Helen Hayes Award-winning theatre in suburban Washington, DC. A model for artistic collaboration and national education outreach, National Players embodies the Olney Theatre Center educational pedagogy: to unleash the creative potential in our audiences and artists and to stimulate individual empowerment. National Players exemplifies these goals by presenting self-sustained productions of Shakespeare and other classics to learners of all ages and in all environments. Through performances and integrated educational programs, National Players empowers these learners to build stronger communities through artistic collaboration.

National Players has performed in 41 states; in the White House; and for the American military in Europe, Asia, and the Arctic Circle. Committed to artistic excellence and community engagement, National Players has brought literature to life for nearly three million people.

Website: https://www.olneytheatre.org/national-players/

Schedule of Events

The New York-based National Players will present two student matinees of The Diary of Anne Frank on March 19–20, 2020 in Clowes Memorial Hall, as well as a workshop for Butler theatre students (details TBA).

Q Brothers (Theatre): March 24–26, 2020

Q Brothers; photo credit: Michael Brosilow

Photo credit:
Michael Brosilow

Musicians, actors, writers, educators, and DJ’s, GQ and JQ created and starred in the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed productions, Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin’—both musical, hip hop “add-RAP-tations” of Shakespeare’s classics. Othello: The Remix most recently ran off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre, where it was produced by John Leguizamo, and received rave reviews and the NY Times Critic’s Pick award. Originally commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London for the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival, O Remix was produced by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (MTM: UK Awards, Best Lyrics and Best New Musical), enjoyed a five month run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Jeff Award, Best Ensemble), and has toured to Germany, South Korea, London, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and New Zealand. Funk It Up About Nothin’ was commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Jeff Award, Best Ensemble), ran at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Dress Circle Award, Best Musical), and toured to London and Australia. Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol had its world premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and has since enjoyed consecutive sold out runs in Chicago.

Their off-Broadway smash hit The Bomb-itty of Errors, which they co-created and starred in, has toured around the world and is published with Sam French. A most recent production is a two-man version of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, called Q Gents, commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and currently touring the world. Current commissions include the Q’s musical version of Homer’s The Odyssey, called Long Way Home, for the Chicago Children’s Choir; ms. estrada (Aristophanes’ Lysistrata) for The Flea Theater in NYC; The Phaedrus Mixtape (Plato’s Phaedrus) for The Getty Villa in Los Angeles; and a musical for Steppenwolf Theatre Co. Film and television credits include the movie Drumline and the TV show Scratch and Burn (MTV), which they co-created and starred in, as well as work with Fox, CBS, and Showtime. They have numerous album credits as musicians and producers, including the Q Brothers’ The Feel Good Album of the Year.

The Q Brothers also conduct hip hop workshops for children of all ages and have worked at Connecticut College, Lehigh University, Lollapalooza Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bear Music Festival, the Latin School of Chicago, and in London and throughout Australia, as well as in Cook County Jail (Chicago) and state prisons in Missouri.

Website: https://qbrothersofficial.com

Schedule of Events

The Q Brothers will present a public performance of Othello: The Remix on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 7:30 PM in the Schrott Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at ButlerArtsCenter.org.

A free public performance of scenes workshopped with the Q Brothers will be presented by Butler theatre students on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Lilly Hall Studio Theatre.

Further details TBA.

John Clayton (Jazz): April 8–9, 2020

John Clayton

John Clayton is a natural born multitasker. The multiple roles in which he excels—composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and yes, extraordinary bassist—garner him a number of challenging assignments and commissions. With a Grammy on his shelf and nine additional nominations, artists such as Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, and Charles Aznavour vie for a spot on his crowded calendar.

He began his bass career in elementary school playing in strings class, junior orchestra, high school jazz band, orchestra, and soul/R&B groups. In 1969, at the age of 16, he enrolled in bassist Ray Brown's jazz class at UCLA, beginning a close relationship that lasted more than three decades. After graduating from Indiana University's School of Music with a degree in bass performance in 1975, he toured with the Monty Alexander Trio (1975–77) and the Count Basie Orchestra (1977–79), and he settled in as principal bassist with the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam, Netherlands (1980–85). He was also a bass instructor at The Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Holland from 1980–83. 

In 1985, he returned to California, co-founded the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in 1986, rekindled The Clayton Brothers Quintet, and taught part-time bass at Cal State Long Beach, UCLA and USC. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he taught until 2009. Now, in addition to individual clinics, workshops, and private students as schedule permits, John also directs the educational components associated with Centrum, The Port Townsend Jazz Festival, and Vail Jazz Workshop.

Career highlights include arranging The Star Spangled Banner for Whitney Houston's performance at Super Bowl 1990 (the recording went platinum), playing bass on Paul McCartney's CD Kisses On The Bottom, arranging and playing bass with Yo-Yo Ma and Friends on Songs of Joy and Peace, and arranging playing and conducting the CD Charles Aznavour With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, as well as numerous recordings with Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz, Orchestra, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander, and many others. 

In 2013, John launched a new album series titled The John Clayton Parlor Series—a collection of rare duo collaborations with musical friends, released through ArtistShare. Those recordings include a release with his son, Gerald, which has already been released, and yet to be released recordings with Mulgrew Miller and Hank Jones.

Website: www.johnclaytonjazz.com

Schedule of Events

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    • Time and location TBA—bass master class
    • 5:00–8:00 pm—Rehearsal with the Butler University Jazz Ensemble, LH 112
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020
    • 10:30 am–noon—Jazz Improvisation master class, room TBA
    • 1:00–1:50 pm—School of Music Convocation, LH 112
    • 7:30 pm—Performance with the Butler University Jazz Ensemble, Schrott Center for the Arts

Candy Chang (Art): April 15, 2020

Candy Chang; photo by Cary Norton

Photo by Cary Norton

World-renowned artist and urban designer CANDY CHANG engages communities to share everything from their greatest hopes to their deepest anxieties in public. The Atlantic calls her artwork Before I Die “one of the most creative community projects ever.” In her captivating and intimate talks, she demystifies the creative process, inspires personal reflection, and provokes new ideas for community and well-being.

Through the activation of public spaces around the world, Candy Chang provokes both playful and profound visions for how we can connect, reflect, and nurture the health of our communities. Chang is best known for the Before I Die project, which began when she stenciled the words “Before I die I want to _______” on a chalkboard wall on an abandoned house in New Orleans after losing someone she loved. The participatory project has since grown into a global phenomenon, and today there are over 5,000 Before I Die walls in over 70 countries, including Iraq, China, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and South Africa. The Before I Die project and subsequent book, which features walls around the world and insights into our aspirations, have been featured on CNN, NBC, TED, AP News, and Wired. Her most recent project includes the participatory public installation A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. When it closed in late 2018, the project had amassed over 55,000 anxieties and hopes. Currently, Chang is working with a variey of authorities (like psychologists and Buddhist monks) to examine the themes that run through the thoughts collected and interpret what they say about us during these times, ripe with uncertainty and distraction as they are.

A TED Senior Fellow, Urban Innovation Fellow, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Chang has also created installations for people to share their hopes for vacant storefronts, a confessional sanctuary in a Las Vegas casino, designated sites for crying in Hong Kong, and a civic tool called Neighborland.com for people to collaborate on the future of their communities. Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale, New Museum, and Tate Modern. She was also named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub and a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine.

Website: http://candychang.com

Schedule of Events

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2019
    • 4:00–5:00 PM—Workshop with art students, JCA Annex
    • 7:30 pm—Free lecture, Before I Die..., in the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall