On February 9, 2010, I had the great pleasure of speaking with UCSC student, Evan Shen Alder.
Evan is co-directing, performing and a choreographer for this year’s UCSC Dance Students’ Showcase, “Random with a Purpose 18” running Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the UCSC Theater Arts Mainstage. This program produced by the Theater Art Department has been an annual collaborative student production showcasing new student choreographers since 1991. Expect to see an array of styles ranging from contemporary and hip hop to ballet and physical theater, paired with lighting and costume design to make for a truly eclectic and entertaining experience. More information and details can be found at the Arts dance events.
Tickets can be bought at the UCSC Ticket office (call 459-2150) or online at SantaCruzTickets.com.We spoke about how Evan got into dance and became a co-director (one of four directors) for this event.
Listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.
Ghachem grew up in a multi-ethnic family and received his theatrical training at the Brussels Theatre Academy. After working in Brussels, France, Tunisia, Romania, New York, and San Francisco, he founded Santa Cruz Mosaic Theatre which premiered “Cruz The East Theatre Festival” several years ago.
He is collaborating with Dancer Feliz “Jalilah” Guarino who has a background in ballet, tap, and gymnastics, and at a young age discovered her love for bellydancing. Guarino has been a part of the local bellydance community for over ten years and performances throughout the Bay Area.
The drama begins when the lives of a poet and a gypsy dancer intersect at a train station. Stories are shared, recipes are exchanged, borders are falling and the train is leaving the station. A field guide to human emotions where identity is at the core, “Of Mint, Olive Oil & Zaatar” asks us to examine what constructs identity. “The show questions the meaning of rootedness and identity. Is it about the language one speaks? The books one reads? The passport one holds? The people and things we leave behind?” This is an invitation to redefine boundaries and cross cultural divides,” explains Ghachem.
Mosaic Theatre’s performance lifts the veil on Arab poetry, showing diverse styles and themes by Arab and Arab-American poets recited in both English as well as Arabic and Farsi, accompanied by Middle-Eastern rhythms and dances. “A lot of people are not aware that Arab-American arts and culture exist in the U.S. with a large body of work in theatre, poetry, music and visual arts,” says Ghachem.
Along with teaching, Professor Franko is a performer, choreographer, and author of seven books and many academic articles. He is also the director of the Center for Visual and Performance Studies at UCSC as well as the editor of Dance Research Journal from University of Illinois Press.
We spoke about his talk on Friday that is based upon his article entitled, “the Dancing Gaze Across Cultures, Kazuo Ohno‘s Admiring La Argentina“. This talk is hosted by the UC Berkeley’s Dance Studies Working Group (DSWG) that takes place from 4-6pm on Friday, February 12, 2010 at the UC Berkeley campus in 126 Dwinelle Annex. This reading is free to open to the public.
We talked about the intertwining of these two performers, Kazuo Ohno and La Argentina, and how they influenced Prof. Franko.
Amy Bloom was the guest for the February 2, 2010 for the Artists on Art KZSC. Author of six books, countless articles spanning a wide range of subjects, Ms. Bloom has been writing for over 20 years. Recently, she published a new book of short stories entitled, Where the God of Love Hangs Out.
We talked about many topics. Like every great writer, she has had a myriad of different jobs and careers from waitressing to psychotherapy. Currently, along with a book tour and working on a novel and a book of short stories, Ms. Bloom teaches creative writing at Yale University.
We spoke of her father who was journalist and the lessons she learned from watching him work. He passed away in February of 2009. I was inspired to ask about Murray Bloom after reading her beautiful piece in the Washington Post, “Writing Life: Amy Bloom, Lies, Memories and Other Research” in which she speaks of him and his influence.
We discussed the topics of her books and writings that range from non-fiction essays such as her book Normal on gender and identity to a fictional account of a legendary Russian immigrant woman from the 1920s that walks across the Bering Straits in her book, Away.
Listen to ourshow and hear Ms. Blooms answers that can be heard in entirety by clicking on the triangle below. [audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa2210.mp3]