Sweet Briar College’s Division of Performing Arts will present “ASIA: An Evening of Performance” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Pannell Gallery. The event takes place in conjunction with the art exhibition “ASIA,” which opened Sept. 14 and runs until Dec. 14. Both are free and open to the public.
Students in theater, music and dance will present performances inspired by the Asian theme.
The dance department has prepared two dances choreographed to Taiwanese composer Lu Yun’s music. Professors Mark and Ella Magruder met Yun in Taiwan this summer while teaching and presenting at the Dance and the Child International conference (daCi) in Taipei. Ella’s choreography to Yun’s “Puo Suo” will be brought to life by senior Jessica Murphy, sophomores Lily Hoblik, Chelsea Modeste and Katherine Hoyt, and first-years Katie Craig, Calee Whitten, Abby Smith, Jasmine Taylor and Comora Littlejohn.
Mark Magruder’s contribution is a solo to “Monologue for an Old Tattooed Man” from the composer’s “Music from the Mountain” suite.
“I call my solo “Bamboo Memories,” [using] some Sweet Briar bamboo as part of the set,” he said.
The evening will also feature Sweet Briar voice students singing selections from the comic opera “The Mikado” (1885) by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Led by vocal instructor Marcia Thom, the ensemble includes seniors Ally Booth, Noelle Ames and Kate Macklin, junior Caroline Lacy, sophomores Haley Foraker and Sarah Capen, and first-year Shannon McCarthy.
Flute player Caitlyn Playle ’13 will perform two pieces of folk music arranged by Han Guoliang — “Jasmine” from Jiangsu Province and “Kangding Love Song” from Sichuan Province.
The theater department will be represented by Molly Harper ’13, who will stage excerpts from Brenda Wong Aoki’s “Mermaid Meat and Other Japanese Folk Stories.”