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Spotlight on the Arts festival to include “impromptu” events across campus

Students from Bala Sarasvati's beginning and advanced Contemporary Technique classes collaborate to  create a dance fusion piece choreographed by dance seniors Toi Brown, Allison Gantz and Kristen Grubbs, which is performed to popular culture music selections.

Athens, Ga. – In addition to its more than 50 previously scheduled events, the Spotlight on the Arts festival at the University of Georgia will include a series of “impromptu” events organized by students involved in the arts.

The impromptu events, which are free and open to the public, will take place across campus and feature performances by musicians, theater groups and dance ensembles, as well as interactive art and games. Kristyl Dawn Tift, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in theatre and film studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, coordinated the schedule of more than 20 impromptu events.

“One of the main goals of Spotlight on the Arts is to help our students appreciate and enjoy the arts, and these impromptu events ensure that the festival will reach a broad and diverse audience,” said UGA Vice Provost Libby Morris, who has worked with campus groups to organize the festival. “The fact that students took the initiative to organize these impromptu events is itself a testament to the tremendous creativity and energy on this campus.”

The schedule of impromptu events is below, and more information is available on www.facebook.com/UGA_Arts and www.twitter.com/UGA_Arts.

Sunday, Nov. 4

2–4p.m, Open Ballet Class with the UGA Ballet Ensemble, Dance building, studio 274

Monday, Nov. 5

10:10–11a.m., Open Folk Dance Class, Tate Student Center Grand Hall

12:45–1:15p.m., Justice Agents, social activism/community-based theatre group, Tate Plaza breezeway

Justice Agents is a social activism/community-based theater group on campus. Boalian techniques, such as Invisible Theater and Forum Theater, are used for problem solving through action. Your participation will b a central element to their work. For more information, please email Clarissa at clare52@uga.edu or Steven at stevenjs90@gmail.com.

2:15–3:15p.m., Kinetic Video Wall, interactive art installation by Tifany Lee, master of fine arts student in dramatic media production, Fine Arts Building, room 255A

Kinetic Video Wall is a video installation by MFA Dramatic Media student, Tifany Lee, that explores connections and time. An interactive video, the user is invited to actively participate. For more information, please email Tifany Lee at tifanyl@uga.edu.

4–4:30 p.m., Prelude Dance Company, contemporary/modern dance, Tate Plaza stage

4:45–5:15 p.m., Commedianti Georgiani, a troupe that explores the art of physical humor in performance through Italian improvisational comedy traditions, Fine Arts Building porch area

Commedianti Georgiani is a Commedia dell'Arte troupe that explores the art of physical humor in performance through Italian improvisational comedy traditions. For more information, please email Paige Pulaski at paigeski@comcast.net.

4:45– 5:15 p.m., Improv Athens, improvisational theatre group, Tate Plaza Stage

Improv Athens is an improvisational theatre group on campus. Their work is based on moment-to-moment scenario-inspired improv that will leave you laughing and begging for more. For more information, please email Dane Alexander at dane.alej@gmail.com.

7– 8 p.m., 10-minute play readings presented by Athens Playwrights Workshop, Fine Arts Building, room 201

Athens Playwrights' Workshop will present ten-minute play readings for the festival. APW meets twice a month in Fine Arts 201 and is based on the writer-centered model, in which playwrights bring in a section of a current project, which is then read and discussed with other members. We believe that playwrights need a community in which they can explore their individual voices/aesthetics, and feel free to fail, and feel free to succeed. For more information, please email John Bray at JohnPatrickBray@yahoo.com

All day through Friday, Nov. 9: Interactive Clue Game developed by Caity Johnson, campus wide; iPhone with ARIS application (free download) required 

Interactive Clue Game is a game developed by ICE graduate student, Caity Johnson. Find the clues and solve the crime! This interactive version of the popular board game Clue, constructed with ARIS gaming software, will have you traipsing across campus in search of the truth. This game requires an iPhone and the ARIS application. For more information, please email Caity Johnson at caity.b.johnson@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

11:45 a.m.–12:05 p.m., Skipperdees, twin sisters Emily and Catherine Backus draw on influences from a variety of folk acts, Tate Plaza Stage

The Skipperdees (twin sisters Emily and Catherine Backus) hail from Oak Ridge, TN, and developed a robust musical career in their hometown before traveling south to Athens, GA.  Drawing influences from a variety of folk acts, the sisters have begun integrating themselves into the music scene of their newfound home. For more information, please email skipperdeemusic@gmail.com or visit www.theskipperdees.com.

12:10–12:20 p.m., Impromptu Dance Performance, Tate Plaza stage

Students from Bala Sarasvati's beginning and advanced Contemporary Technique classes collaborate to  create a dance fusion piece choreographed by dance seniors Toi Brown, Allison Gantz and Kristen Grubbs, which is performed to popular culture music selections.

12:30–1:20 p.m., Open Ballroom Class–Waltz and Swing, Memorial Hall Ballroom

4– 6 p.m., Workshop/Reading of Kristyl Tift’s full-length play, soul/the jazz singer’s face is black and blue; a love story that requires themes of jazz, motion, culture and pain for its telling, Fine Arts Building, room 310

soul/the jazz singer's face is black and blue is a full-length play by PhD Theatre student, Kristyl Tift. In 2006, this play was conceived as a one-act thesis project when Tift was an MFA Acting student at The New School for Drama. A love story, Lynn and Thomas’s journey together requires themes of jazz, motion, culture, and pain for its’ telling. This reading includes professional and MFA Acting students. The play contains strong language that may be offensive to some listeners. For more information, please contact Kristyl Tift at kristyl2@uga.edu.

7-10 p.m., WUOG DJ set: Alec Livaditis, a selection of experimental music, Snelling Dining Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 7

11:15a–12:05p, Open Hip-Hop/Jazz Class, Dance Building, New Dance Theatre

12:45–1:15p, Storytelling Event, Latin American/Caribbean Theatre class, Fine Arts Building porch area

The Creole Storytelling Event is composed of students from Dr. Emily Sahakian's Latin American and Caribbean Theater class. Storytelling, though usually held in the evening, is how enslaved people could imagine freedom and resistance to help them get through long days of backbreaking work. You are invited to participate as listeners! For more information about storytelling, its history, or the course, please contact Dr. Emily Sahakian at sahakian@uga.edu.

3–3:30 p.m., Site-Specific Dance Improvisation, Georgia Museum of Art

Rebecca Gose Enghauser's Contemporary II Technique class of 20 students has prepared several site-specific dance "shorts" to take place in the Georgia Museum of Art that playfully and interactively engage with the space, both structurally and conceptually.

3:45 – 4:15 p.m., Talk and Design Showcase with Tiffany Jordan, costume designer for The Darker Face of the Earth, Fine Arts Building

5–8 p.m., WUOG DJ Set: Akeeme Martin, a selection of hip-hop music, Snelling Dining Hall

Thursday, Nov. 8

4:45–5:15 p.m., Skipperdees, twin sisters Emily and Catherine Backus draw on influences from a variety of folk acts, Tate Breezeway

5:15–5:45 p.m., Black Theatrical Ensemble, an all-inclusive group that highlights the works of African-American playwrights, Tate Plaza Stage

The Black Theatrical Ensemble is an all-inclusive group that highlights the works of African American playwrights in an attempt to educate the UGA campus and the greater community of Athens about black experience. Last December BTE celebrated its 35th anniversary and the tradition of excellence will continue with a 2013 Fall production of The Amen Corner by James Baldwin. For more information, please email Jeffrey McNair at jef01891@uga.edu.

Friday, Nov. 9

Last day of interactive Clue Game developed by Caity Johnson, campus wide; iPhone with ARIS application (free download) required

1–1:30 p.m., Prelude Dance Company, contemporary/modern dance, Tate Plaza Stage

4–4:30 p.m. Contact Improv, a movement form that centers on one’s physical improvisation and natural impulse, Miller Learning Center, first floor rotunda

Contact Improv is a movement form that centers on one's physical improvisation and natural impulse. Our show, "The Fifth Element", focuses on building physical connectivity and listening skills through touch. For more information, email sdelgado@uga.edu.

About Spotlight on the Arts

The UGA Arts Council, which includes several campus units, will host a nine-day Spotlight on the Arts festival from November 3-11. Events include concerts, theater and dance performances, art exhibitions, poetry readings, author panels and book signings, lectures and discussions on the arts.

Highlights of the festival include:

•  The opening of a Jack Davis exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art

•  Concerts by the Atlanta Symphony and the UGA Symphony at the Performing Arts Center

•  A University Theatre production of Rita Dove's play The Darker Face of the Earth

•  Performances by the Blue Man Group and Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio

•  A reading and lecture by U.S. Poet Laureate and UGA alum Natasha Trethewey