“Self-Portraits in History” opens in the Dean’s gallery

October 8, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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An exciting new exhibit has opened in Fletcher Hall titled “Self Portraits in History.”

Former and current photography students of Lynda Frese showcase their unique work in the Dean’s Gallery, Fletcher Hall 202, until the end of October.

Students currently enrolled in Intermediate and Advanced Photography made themselves a part of history by digitally editing themselves into classic photos from the last several decades.  Many of the photos are seamlessly edited, and it is often difficult to tell who in the picture is from 2015 and who is from 1915.

Also featured in the exhibit is “Self-Portraits in a Photo Booth,” a collection of photo booth images by Frese’s Beginning Photography students from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Frese has always wanted to do something with these photos, and she found this exhibit to be an appropriate opportunity to showcase them.

Performing Arts Department presents “ART,” a multi-lingual comedy

October 8, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The department of Performing Arts in the UL College of the Arts opens the 2015-2016 season with ART, the hit comedy about three friends and the remarkable painting that comes between them. ART by Yasmina Reza is sponsored by the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, presented in both French and English, and directed by University of Louisiana at Lafayette theatre professor Carl Granieri.

ART is on stage October 14 – November 1, 2015, at the A. Hays Town House on the UL Lafayette campus. Show times are 7:00pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00pm Sundays. Tickets are $10 and may be ordered online at ulpfar.org or by calling the Performing Arts Office at 337-482-6357. UL Lafayette Faculty, Staff, and Students are admitted free with proof of ID (they should order in advance online).

In ART, a wealthy young doctor, Serge, astounds his two best friends, Marci and Yvonne, when he purchases an unusual— and unusually priced— contemporary painting.  When Marci confronts Serge and ridicules him for wasting his money, the three begin to question the nature of their relationship.  As the play progresses and their wrangling escalates, it soon becomes clear that ART is less about art and more about the complexities of truth and loyalty in friendship. “ART is a hilarious exploration of what we endure when we feel betrayed by our friends.  It’s cruel and painfully funny at the same time, and some of the most poignant moments in the play are also the most ridiculous.  This alchemy is the secret to the play’s worldwide acclaim,” said Granieri.  In a first for the department, the piece is being presented in both the original French as well as in English, making use of Christopher Hampton’s wonderful translation of Reza’s play.  Both the French and English casts feature talented female performers in roles typically reserved for men.  “Regardless of gender or nationality, the play is packed with insights about all those unmentionables that we’re not supposed to talk about in our relationships: who’s more powerful, who’s richer, cooler, smarter, who has more sex appeal, who’s the leader and the follower, and how do we compete with each other?”

Since its premiere two decades ago, ART has become an international theatrical sensation.  It has been translated into 35 languages and produced all over the world.  The play opened in Paris in 1994, where it won Molière Awards for best author, best play, and best production.  It went on to receive the 1997 Olivier Award for best play and the 1998 Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play. “This play has touched a nerve far more universal than even Yasmina Reza probably could have once imagined,” Granieri said.

UL Lafayette’s production of ART features the acting talents of six theatre BFA students. In the English-language production, Irene Ryan Award nominee and graduating senior Candace Taylor portrays Marci, an aeronautical engineer who is bewildered and angered by her best friend’s new purchase.  Serge is played by junior BFA candidate Tycarlous Deberry, while Missy Shepherd, also a junior, portrays Yvonne, the flustered friend perennially caught in the middle.  In the French-language production, a trio of sophomore BFA acting students— Kaitlin Romero, Christian Moussiet, and Brandii Champagne— portray Marci, Serge, and Yvonne respectively. Romero, Moussiet and Champagne are not native French speakers and have made the extraordinary commitment to learning an entire full-length play in a language they don’t speak. “Working closely with the Francophone Studies department, our students in the French cast have challenged themselves in a way most professional actors would never dare.  I have been extraordinarily impressed with their work ethic and bravery in this process.  The opportunity to serve Acadiana by presenting a work in the language that is the root of our culture, however, was an opportunity we could not pass up.  The College of the Arts is thrilled to be making our available in French.”

Playwright Yasmina Reza was born in 1959 in Paris, France. After studying at Paris X University and the Jacques Lecoq Drama School, she began her career as an actress. Her first play, Conversations After a Burial (1987), gave her immediate success as a playwright. Reza’s plays have been international critical and popular successes, translated and produced worldwide. In addition to Art, she is the author of The Passage of Winter (1989), The Unexpected Man (1995), Life x 3 (2000), and Une Piece Espagnole (2004). Her novels include Hammerklavier, Desolation, and Adam Haberberg.

Translator Christopher Hampton is an award-winning writer, translator, and lyricist. His credits include translations of Reza’s Conversations After a Burial, Art, The Unexpected Man, and Life x 3. His plays The Philanthropist and Les Liaisons Dangereuses received Tony Award nominations for Best Play. His screenplay for the film Dangerous Liaisons, adapted from his play, won a 1988 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Hampton won a 1995 Tony Award for Best Book for the musical Sunset Boulevard. His most recent endeavor is writing book and lyrics (with Don Black) for Dracula, The Musical, which opened on Broadway in August.

Director Carl Granieri teaches acting, directing, and dramaturgy at UL Lafayette, and works professionally as an actor and director. He began his career on stage in Philadelphia with tent-pole companies there, including Theatre Exile, Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Mauckingbird Theatre Co., Simpatico Theatre Project, the PAC, Delaware Theatre Co., and the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, among others. His work on Necropolis for the London-based Beautiful Confusion was named ten-best of the 2007 International Prague Fringe Festival. From 2010-2012 he served as the Consultant for New Play Development at Philly’s Arden Theatre Co. and worked as a production dramaturg and assistant director for the Philadelphia Theatre Co., Vanity House Theatre, and Temple Rep. He directed world premiere pieces for Girasole Productions (Casual World/Intimate Heart) and ELI Radio, two of which toured internationally in 2009 and 2010 (Amore Italiano, An Evening in Naples).  Mr. Granieri also helmed projects for Philadelphia Dramatists Center and Villanova Theatre Second Stage. He serves as artistic liaison to The Marty Wilson Art and Music Foundation and is an associate of Directors Gathering, a think-tank and advocacy organization serving theatre directors, which he helped launch in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Louisiana, he held teaching posts at Rowan University, Temple University, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Carl holds an M.F.A in Acting from Temple University and an M.A. in Dramaturgy from Villanova University.

The production team assembled for ART includes Scenic Designer Shannon Miller, who is the UL Lafayette PFAR Production Manager and an Assistant Professor of Theatre in Tech and Design, and Costume Designer Kendra Weeks, an Instructor of Theatre in Costume Tech and Design at UL Lafayette.

The A. Hays Town House is on the grounds of the Hilliard University Art Museum, located at 710 East St. Mary Boulevard.

Performances in English:

- October 14th, 15th, 21th, and 22th at 7:00pm (Hilliard Galleries

open at 5:00pm)

- October 16th, 17th, 22nd, and 24th at 8:00pm (Hilliard Galleries open at 6:00pm)

- October 18th and 25th at 2:00pm

Performances in French:

- October 28th and 29th at 7:00pm (Hilliard Galleries open at 5:00pm)

- October 30th and 31st at 8:00pm (Hilliard Galleries open at 6:00pm)

- November 1st at 2:00 PM

College of the Arts to host 6th Annual Beaux Arts Ball

September 21, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of the Arts will host its annual Beaux Arts Ball on Friday, October 23, 2015 in the Atchafalaya Ballroom of the new student union.

The costume ball will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. with the theme of earth, honoring the 2016 SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Nick Spitzer. All proceeds from the event will support the students of the UL Lafayette College of the Arts.

Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner with wine pours and a cash bar while dancing the night away to the 20-piece UL Jazz Ensemble.

Guests are encouraged to put their creativity in motion by dressing as this year’s theme, earth. Those who purchase tables can join the table-decorating contest to obtain the coveted trophy for best themed table decoration.

Tickets are $75 per person, $600 for a table of 8, and $1,000 for a sponsorship. They can be purchased online at bab2015.eventbrite.com or by calling (337) 482-6224.

Music faculty presents Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’

September 16, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL School of Music Faculty will present a free performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale).

The performance will take place on Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall Auditorium.

Faculty performing will include: Eric Melley, conductor; Michael Blaney. violin; Renee Breaux, clarinet; Robin Hochkeppel, bassoon; Paul Morton, trumpet, Eddie Muller, trombone; Robert Nash, bass; Troy Breaux, percussion; Shawn Roy, narrator.

Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (1918), describes the story of a young soldier in WWI, who gives his soul (represented by the violin) to the devil (represented by the percussion) in exchange for a book that predicts the economy of the future. The narrative and music then tell a captivating story of searching, doubt, and personal redemption. It is a theatrical piece.  Mr. Shawn Roy will play the parts of the soldier, the devil, and the narrator.

L’Histoire du Soldat is one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.  It is full of the wit and humor. The rhythms are always shifting and changing, and the music incorporates elements of jazz, Viennese waltz, and ragtime.

For more information contact the UL School of Music at (337) 482-6012.

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2015 Juried Student Art Exhibition opens

September 10, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Visual Arts Department

The Department of Visual Arts will hold the 2015 Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The exhibition will commence with an opening reception Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m. in the Fletcher Hall gallery.

The exhibition will run from September 11 to 28 in the Fletcher Hall gallery, featuring student works in visual arts.

Auditions set for State of LA Danse

August 25, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Auditions for this year’s State of LA Danse will take place Wednesday, September 2, 2015 in McLaurin Hall Studio 103. Personal warm-ups will begin at 5 p.m. with the auditions beginning at 6 p.m.

All advanced students are welcome to audition,  and all participants must be 15 years old or older. Pointe shoes are required.

Casting will be posted on the call board in McLaurin Hall on Thursday, September 3. The rehearsal schedule is anticipated to be Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 5 – 8 p.m., and Fridays from 3- 6 p.m.

The State of LA Danse performance this year will be Act II of Swan Lake in conjunction with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

Please contact Marie Broussard with additional questions at (337) 482-1187 or marie.broussard@louisiana.edu.

UL Dance Guild to host open house and registration

August 25, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Experience dance like never before! Fun and affordable, the Dance Guild at UL offers classes for all ages taught by UL faculty members. Visit danceguild.wix.com/dgul or call 337-482-6357 for more information.

Open House/Registration Day will be held August 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. – noon at McLaurin Hall. Come meet the teachers, see the facility, and get more information on classes!

Enroll today and watch your child develop and explore his or her own creativity through moving freely; creative dance and ballet classes will help your child develop important motor skills and boost their emotional and physical well-being. Our goal is to provide professional level classes to every child or adult who wants to learn to dance. There are no recital or costume fees, only an informal showing for family and friends at the conclusion of the sessions. The Guild provides valuable teacher training for UL Lafayette Performing Arts Majors with a concentration in Dance. Scholarships available to students with financial need.

Dance with Me (2 – 3 years old)
Fridays – 9:00am – 9:45am

Creative Movement (4 – 7 years old)
Wednesdays – 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Ballet (8 – 12 years old)
Wednesdays – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Adult Ballet
Wednesdays – 6:30pm – 7:30pm

*All four classes will run for an 8-week session, beginning September 9th and closing November 6th.
*All classes will be held at McLaurin Hall in Room 104.
*Tuition for the 8 weeks is $59 for the children’s classes and $70 for the adult ballet class.

Auditions for “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike”

August 20, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The Performing Arts Department is holding auditions August 27 at 6:00 p.m. in Burke Theatre. A sign-up sheet for audition slots will be posted to the callboard in McLaurin Hall. Those auditioning are asked to bring no more than two total minutes of audition material (either a 2-minute monologue or two contrasting 1-minute monologues).

These are general departmental auditions that will serve the directing students in casting scenes and aid the fall capstone team in filling out the cast of Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. Interviews for production assignments with Art and VVanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike will also take place at the same time.

All theatre majors are required to participate, even if they are already cast in Art or if they have already been assigned a production role, etc.

Celebrate Professor Lynda Frese’s Artist-in-Residency

May 4, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Celebrate the work that visual arts professor, Lynda Frese, has produced during her residency with musician David Greely at the Shadows on the Teche home in New Iberia. A preview party will take place Friday, May 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. that will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by the French Press. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at artandshadows.ticketleap.com/preview or by calling (337) 369-6446. On Saturday, May 9 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., there will be an art exhibition, musical performances, and a variety of presentations. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

The Shadows is a classic revival-style home built in 1834 in the historic downtown New Iberia. It is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is located at 317 East Main Street, New Iberia, Louisiana.

To learn more, visit shadowsontheteche.org

School of Music and Performing Arts Presents An Evening of Dance

April 13, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts Dance Program presents An Evening of Dance April 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm and April 19 at 2:00 pm in the Burke Hawthorne Theatre on the UL Lafayette campus.  An Evening of Dance is the eagerly awaited annual dance showcase that premieres the original choreography of students in the UL Lafayette Dance Program. These adjudicated dances are both choreographed and performed by Performing Arts majors with a concentration in dance and dancers from the Acadiana community. The 2015 production of An Evening of Dance promises to be an evening of concert dance that is thoughtfully diverse in its subject matter and richly innovative in its approach.

Tickets for An Evening of Dance will be available at Burke Hawthorn Theatre one hour prior to each performance or online at Pfar.louisiana.edu. General admission to the performance is $10.00. Senior Citizens, UL Lafayette Alumni and children under 18 years of age are $5.00. UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with a their valid UL Lafayette ID. For more information call 337-482-6357. This event is sponsored in part by the UL Lafayette Student Government Association.

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