The UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts is proudly presenting a production of William Shakespeare’s acclaimed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 19, 20, 21, 27, and 28 in Burke Theatre on UL’s campus. An additional performance has been added on March 29 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/ulmidsummer. Admission is free for UL students, faculty, and staff.
After nearly a decade, Professor Sara Birk, the director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, claims that it was high time for a Shakespeare play to be produced by UL Lafayette’s Performing Arts program. “Giving actors who are training as theatre artists exposure to and experience with this material is absolutely critical,” Birk says. “Actors will be expected to be familiar with this kind of material, so to create an opportunity for our students to delve deeply into this kind of work is important.”
Shakespeare is known for his use of colorful and often ambiguous language, sometimes leaving audiences bewildered at the meaning of poetic lines. Birk admits that the language is always a challenge when conquering Shakespeare’s work. She feels a great responsibility to help craft a performance that is accessible and will allow people to find the life and entertainment in the piece. Prof. Birk says, “The actors are doing a beautiful job of handling the language of the play and creating performances that are emotionally connected and lively.” Andre LaFleur, a UL student actor in the play, says that although Birk has chosen to give the production a prohibition America look, none of the language was spared, as the director is truly a purist. Being no stranger to this type of writing, LaFleur argues that there is much depth in Shakespeare’s language that is thrilling for an actor to discover but challenging to convey to an audience.
Nevertheless, audiences will be able to both comprehend and enjoy the play. It encompasses elements of magic, fantasy, and comedy with a splash of true Shakespearian drama. “People can relate to love and the joys and heartache that [Midsummer] provokes in us,” Birk says. Due to Shakespeare’s universality and timelessness, his plays have a relevant message for contemporary audiences. The director revels in the fact that the cast of over 20 UL students truly claimed the show as their own, making their performances funny, enjoyable, and truthful. The production is in the midst of adding lights, sound, costumes, and all the other elements that will come together to create what is sure to be a brilliant production of a great play.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is part of Festival of the Arts, a two-week celebration of the innovative, creative work by faculty, students, and community partners at UL Lafayette and in the local community. The festival will run March 14 – 29 at various locations on campus and around Lafayette.
The UL College of the Arts will host the annual Festival of the Arts March 14 – 29 at various locations on UL’s campus and around the community. The Festival of the Arts is a two-week celebration of the innovative, creative work by faculty, students, and community partners at UL Lafayette and in the local community.
This year’s festival will include a fashion runway show, live music performances, a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, public lectures, artist workshops, a fountain installation, and so much more. For a complete list of events, go to tinyurl.com/FOA2015.
The College of the Arts will also present ArTech Fusion on Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. This event will feature performances and talks that promote and highlight the dynamic relationship between the arts and technology. Tickets for ArTech Fusion can be purchased online at af15.eventbrite.com or by calling 482-6224.
The third annual ArTech Fusion will take place Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. ArTech Fusion will feature performances and talks that promote and highlight the dynamic relationship between the arts and technology, specifically the relationships between digital, handmade, and hybrid art. Premiere performances will feature video, dance, building, stop motion, theatre, and music. The College of the Arts will honor the SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Eddie Cazayoux, FAIA.
Tickets are $5 for UL students, $10 for UL faculty, and $20 for general admission. Purchase tickets online at ATF15.eventbrite.com or by calling (337) 482-6224.
Full List of Festival of the Arts events:
Sunday, March 1 – 31:
Ashley Nason Exhibit
Dean’s Gallery, Fletcher Hall 202, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 9 – 22:
High School Art Exhibit (Lafayette District)
Gallery, Fletcher Hall 207, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14:
SOAD Design Day
Fletcher Hall 202, 8:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Faculty Chamber Music Recital
Angelle Hall Choral Room 153, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17:
H2 Sax Quartet (Guest Artist)
Angelle Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18:
Tribute to Eddie Cazayoux (Oubre; LaSala; Tate; Smith)
Fletcher Hall 134, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Thursdays – Saturdays, March 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Burke Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 20:
Fletcher Hall 134, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Acadiana Center for the Arts, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21:
UL Chorale and Chamber Singers Spring Concert
Angelle Hall, 6:00 p.m.
L’eau de la Danse (Fountain Installation)
The Great Lawn of the University Art Museum, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 22:
David Small (Guest Artist)
St. Barnabas, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, March 23:
Fletcher Hall 134, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
SOAD Fashion Show
Acadiana Center for the Arts, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25:
Barbara Minor (Artist Workshop)
Fletcher Hall Metals Studio, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fletcher Hall 134, 11:00 a.m.
VIAR Senior Show #1
Gallery, Fletcher Hall 207, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 26:
Dr. Cain Budds (Guest Artist – Guitar)
Angelle Hall Choral Room 153, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 27:
Big Band Concert (Percussion)
Angelle Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 28:
UL Wind Ensemble
The Bayou Church, 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 29:
A Day of Percussion
The UL Wind Ensemble will present the premiere of “Congo Square” on Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall. This performance is for African Drum Quartet and Wind Ensemble.
Composer James Syler will be on campus two days before the event to interact with UL students, and author Freddi Williams Evans will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. Her book Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, published by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, served as an important resource and inspiration for Syler’s new work. During Syler’s visit to campus, he will hear his new piece for the very first time, in rehearsal with UL students.
Dr. William Hochkeppel hopes that this will be an event that interests many members of the UL and Lafayette community. The first band to perform is the Symphonic Winds conducted by Dr. Eric Melley, which features music by Holst and others. After intermission, the UL Wind Ensemble (conducted by Dr. Hochkeppel) will do a program of five works. After an opening Fanfare, the premiere of “Congo Square” will take place. A few program highlights include: Ecstatic Fanfare by Steven Bryant, Overture for Winds by Felix Mendelssohn, Fantasia in G Major by J.S. Bach, and Dance for the New World by Dana Wilson.
The UL Band is a member of the consortium commissioning project by San Antonio composer, James Syler, who also wrote Storyville (two historic places in New Orleans jazz). While The University of MD has the honor of the world premiere on the very same day, UL’s performance in Angelle Auditorium takes place just one hour later. The work will also be featured at the new “Music For All” Regional Festival in March, when the Wind Ensemble is the featured ensemble.
The internationally-acclaimed “Project Trio” will will present a concert on Friday, February 20, 7:30 pm in Angelle Hall Auditorium. From beat box flute “Inspector Gadget” to the “William Tell Overture”, you won’t want to miss this special performance. They will be joined by the UL Symphony and over 100 pre-college string students from all over Louisiana as part of the annual “String Day Concert” at UL. The trio will present workshops throughout the day for UL music students and pre-college string students prior to 7:30 pm concert. This event is sponsored by the UL Concert Series and UL Symphony.
The Trio was forged out of a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high energy, top quality music. Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, the Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has over 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers, making PROJECT Trio one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the internet.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Pattillo, Stephenson, and Seymour met at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where they were honored with the 2013 CIM Alumni Achievement Award. Founded in Boulder, Colorado in the summer of 2005, the Trio got its big break in 2006 when Greg Pattillo’s Beatbox Flute video went viral on YouTube, receiving millions of views in its first week. PROJECT Trio has since become one of the world’s most exciting instrumental ensembles.
“Shared Impressions: An Exhibition of Student Prints from the Department of Visual Arts” is on display at two locations – The Dean’s Gallery in Fletcher 202 and the first floor of Dupre Library toward Jazzman’s Coffee Shop. The prints in the exhibitions consist of lithographs, intaglios, silkscreens, and woodcuts by students of Brian Kelly and were produced in the printmaking classes in the department of visual arts from the last 3 semesters. The work in the exhibition explores a wide range of image exploration from the narrative, surreal, landscape and abstract. Be sure to check out the stunning work of the department’s talented student artists before the exhibitions close.
Dean’s Gallery: January 30 – February 14
Dupre Library: January 30 – February 23
The UL Lafayette Opera Theatre in collaboration with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra are presenting the great musical, Les Misérables in the spring. Production dates are in April 2015. Open auditions will be held for all casting in the Ducrest-Gilfry auditorium in Angelle Hall on the UL Lafayette campus. All roles are currently open.
Friday, January 16 is UL Lafayette night. Only UL Lafayette students may attend. This begins at 5pm. Saturday, January 17 are auditions for the community which includes men and women of any age and children. These begin at 10am. Callbacks will be Sunday, January 18th starting at 2pm. You must sing a musical theatre selection which is not from Les Misérables for the preliminary auditions. Please bring sheet music. A pianist will be provided. For callbacks, you may be asked to sing music from the show. Any questions? Call 337-482-5939 or email Shawn Roy, the director, at email@example.com.
Associate Professor Steven Breaux is part of an exhibition travelling to 5 sites in 2014-2015 including Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, University of Maine and the University of Moncton, Quebec Canada, where he was a member of a panel discussing the issues of the exhibit.
The travelling exhibition is currently at:
Galerie la Colline et Centre d’exposition de la Petite Eglise, Edmundston, New Brunswick in conjunction with Musée historique du Madawaska, Edmundston, New Brunswick and is on display from October 9 to November 16, 2014.
Archives and museums in Nova Scotia and northern Maine are collaborating to present the first exhibition of a group project bringing together five Acadian archives and historical museums, sixteen artists and five exhibition venues across the geographic territory of Acadian communities. The exhibition l’Acadie mythique is a project of Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It consists of contemporary artworks created in response to historical objects and documents found in collections of the participating archives. Each individual artist has selected an object or objects to interpret in the medium of their choice. The word “mythique” refers to shared cultural narratives that often focus on universal themes such as creation, genesis and human beings’ relationship to natural and supernatural forces. Over time, the events of Acadian history have possessed their own near-mythological power to engender great narratives. L’Acadie mythique is a unique occasion for artists from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Louisiana to come together around the central theme of “l’Acadie mythique”. It provides them with an opportunity to investigate old and new ways that art can give visual form to the question of Acadian identity, and creates a space where artists explore individual visions of one of the great founding cultures of the New World.
The 10 sites in five cities:
14 June – 13 Sept. 2014
Archives acadiennes de l’Université du Maine à Fort Kent, ME
Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel, Lille, ME
9 Oct. – 16 Nov. 2014
Galerie la Colline et Centre d’exposition de la Petite Eglise, Edmundston, New Brunswick.
Avec le Musée historique du Madawaska, Edmundston, New Brunswick
15 Feb. – 15 May, 2015
Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton en collaboration avec La Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben Cohen, Moncton, New Brunswick
15 June – 1 Sept. 2015
Galerie Le Trécarré, Pointe de l’Église, Clare, Nova Scotia
La Galerie Père Comeau avec le Centre acadien de l’Université Saine-Anne, Clare, Nova Scotia
12 Sept. – 15 Nov. 2015
Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
Avec le Musée acadien de l’Ile du Prince Édouard, Miscouche. I.P.E., Nova Scotia
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s School of Music will host its annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 3, 6:30pm in Angelle Hall Auditorium. This concert will feature the UL Chorale and Chamber Singers, UL Wind Ensemble, and UL Symphony Orchestra. It will include a world premiere of a new setting of the text “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten. Come join us for an evening of beautiful and inspiring holiday music! Admission is FREE.
The UL Chamber Singers will also be singing at Sneaux Day right before the Christmas Concert. Sneaux Day is December 3 from 4-6pm at Martin Hall Circle. There will be ice skating, free jambalaya and hot cocoa, pictures with Santa, and, of course, caroling by the UL Chamber Singers. Kick off the holiday season with these two fantastic FREE events!
New York cabaret artist/Broadway performer, Georga Osborne and her pianist Steven Watkins will perform Saturday, November 22 at 7:30pm in Burke Theatre. Georga has won numerous cabaret award in New York and has appeared in the original cast of Meet Me in St. Louis on Broadway. She has also toured extensively through the United States and abroad in musical theatre. Her solo show mixes humor with beautiful singing and moving ballads. Admission is free for UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff, $15 for general public, and $10 for seniors. Osborne will also give a masterclass for our students on Sunday, November 23 at 1:30pm in Burke Theatre. All are invited to attend, free of charge.
On Friday, November 21 from 12-1pm in Fletcher 134, Professor Gjertson will present a lecture on lessons learned from the BeauSoleil Home since its completion five years ago and highlight aspects of his new book, co-authored by Dege Legg (and forewords by Pliny Fisk and Edward J. Cazayoux, FAIA). Here is an interview with W. Geoff Gjertson, AIA.
How would you define environmental sustainability and being “green” to someone who is not familiar with it?
I think it’s really about quality of life. All of the things that make the home perform better are ultimately about improving your quality of life and, of course, improving the environment, eventually. Everything we did on BeauSoleil was to try to make it mainstream and more digestible for the public. So, we never pushed the technical side as much as just the idea that we were designing a house for our people and for our culture and that we really wanted to make it very livable and a fun thing. Sure, it’s got solar panels and all this other stuff, but a lot of what really makes it sustainable are things that have been around for a long time. Look at the way our ancestors lived. They knew how to orient the house to get the best sun or to block the sun and to get the best wind. They were learning how to live off the grid and be environmental before it was the cool thing.
So, what is the history of the home, and what was the purpose of building it?
It was a two-year process of designing and building. We were one of twenty universities selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. They take proposals, and they pick the top twenty from around the world. We were the only school from Louisiana to ever be in the Solar Decathlon and were among an incredibly impressive array. We really saw the competition as more of a vehicle to explore stuff we were already looking at, and it was a great opportunity to get some funding from the Department of Energy. However, it was really about getting to design a house for Louisiana, for our people. We were following Katrina and Rita, so it was important to think of a new, sustainable, modular, small house that could be great for a hurricane replacement home but also just to live more efficiently and sustainably. We had about about 200 students, 50 faculty, and over 2,000 sponsors. It was an incredible journey. We had to build the house, take it apart, move it a thousand miles, put it back together in four days, compete for three weeks, take it apart, and bring it back. So, that was pretty impressive.
What is the “hope” that the book speaks of?
The book is really about the human stories. That’s why it’s called “Generating Hope” because hope was really the motivation, I think, for people to participate. Hope was generated for the community because it really got this kind of grassroots effort in our community. It got a discussion going about sustainability that maybe had started but wasn’t really tangible that the university had going that people could get behind. So, we had people supporting it almost like our football team.
So, what is your personal “hope” for of the future this project? A lot of questions were raised about the marketability of the home. Where would you like to see this take off?
That’s a good question. Initially, of course, all of us wanted to see it mass produced. I don’t quite feel that way anymore. I think it deserves to be built and reproduced, but I think having thousands of any one thing is probably not a good idea. I think we can take from this and build multiples and change them up. We’ve talked about trying to do a whole community in Cameron. So, we’re just looking for different possibilities. It really led to these other homes that we’ve built. Since the BeauSoleil, we’ve built three market rate homes that I call the “city cousins of BeauSoleil” and four habitat homes. However, I still have the hope that we would find a manufacturer that could prefabricate it. That would be the most cost-efficient way for the median income family to afford the home. But, right now, it’s still very expensive for this high level of performance.
That’s kind of what people say about eating healthy, too. If you want to eat healthy, all the healthy food is more expensive than the unhealthy food, but the healthier food is ultimately better for you.
That’s a good analogy. You could also say it would be cheaper if you grew your own vegetables. Well, sustainability could be cheaper in your own home if you work harder at it. But, we’ve been so conditioned for convenience to let the building work for us. ‘I’m not going to open a window to make it cooler; I’m going to adjust the temperature on the thermostat.’ If we’re willingly to make our homes operate more and respond more to the climate and if we’re willing to manipulate it more, then we can save energy without having to add a lot of solar panels or whatever. You know, there are a lot of things we can do, but it is somewhat of a lifestyle change. I don’t think that anyone should think it’s easy to be green. It’s a commitment.
How did you go about writing the book?
I had been thinking about it since we first finished the home in 2009. I did a little, small, self-published book because I thought it needed to be documented with images. I knew it needed a book, but I also knew I needed some distance from it. So, after three years, I started brainstorming. I didn’t want it to be just a diary of the whole project. We had a roundtable discussion about what the book should be, and did interviews with about thirty people who worked on the project, some of which I hadn’t seen since the competition. It was kind of cathartic, in a way. I really wanted to see if my students forgave me for driving them too hard with this project. I was afraid that I worked some of my students too hard. Ultimately, they worked themselves that hard. We all worked ourselves hard. So, I found out that they weren’t holding any grudges against me. That was a relief. But, it gave them the chance to talk about how the project affected them and their lives and careers. We have one student who is now the sustainability director. One is a photographer. It helped them all in different ways, which was nice to see. I decided that the book should be three narratives. One is the basic diary of the project and the amazing journey of it all. I went through two years of emails and just wrote this huge transcript. But, it was really boring. So, I hired Dege Legg, a local musician and writer, who helped me in cutting it down a lot. So, I made it to where anyone would find it interesting. I also have technical sidebars for people who want to know specifics about the project, all the numbers and whatnot. The third section, which is really important, is the portraits derived from the interviews with the individuals and what they thought hope was. So, the book is kind of like the history and definition of hope, because everyone who participated defined hope. Dege wrote the portraits that gave an independent, third party perspective from the players in the project. In the book, I talk about motivations for doing the project, how we assembled the team and how it organically grew, how we named it, designed it, built it, and competed. The conclusion of the book is about the descendants of BeauSoleil, which are the homes that we’ve built since then and what we’re doing with the home now.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Just that this is everyone’s story. It’s not really my story. I wanted to do this for everyone who worked on it and for the community that got behind it. I felt like it needed to be documented and shared. I felt like that chapter needed to be concluded. Now, there may be another chapter, but some of the money from the book will go toward future projects. Everything has always kind of led to the next thing. So, we’ll see.
You can purchase “Generating Hope: Stories of the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home at http://www.amazon.com/Generating-Hope-Stories-Beausoleil-Louisiana/dp/1935754505/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415833218&sr=8-1&keywords=generating+hope
For more information, go to http://www.beausoleilhome.org/