Festival of South African Dance featuring the Gumboots and Real Actions Pantsula Dance Company

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Event Date: 
November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Foellinger Great Hall
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

Festival of South African Dance featuring the Gumboots and Real Actions Pantsula Dance Company

South Africa is home to a rich mix of cultural traditions that reflect the vibrant diversity, complex history, and inventive creativity of its nearly 56 million citizens. Two of its national dance forms come together in this captivating program. The Gumboots, clad in wellies and led by acclaimed producer Thapelo Motloung, tell the story of migrant men in Stimela the Musical—a stirring and theatrical presentation using isicathulo (gumboot) dance, which began as a form of resistance by black miners. Pantsula dance style was born of street culture in South Africa’s black townships, influenced by Sotho dances and American jazz and hip-hop, and inspired by everyday events. Real Actions Pantsula, founded in 1992 by Sello Modiga in Orange Farm Township near Johannesburg, features a diverse young troupe dedicated to education and social justice alongside their phenomenal skills as performers.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Admission: 
Single: Adults 35 / Seniors 30 / Non-UIUC Students 15 / UIUC Students & Youth 10
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The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, the People's Republic of China: China Soul

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Event Date: 
October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Foellinger Great Hall
Address: 
500 S. GOODWIN AVE., URBANA
Description: 

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, the People's Republic of China: China Soul

Glittering costumes, breathtaking tricks, and magnificent feats of athletic daring splendidly create a tour de force when this magnetic, award-winning troupe takes to international stages. First formed in 1957, but with a legacy stretching back thousands of years, the Tianjin Martial Artists and Acrobats bring joy to audiences through their delightful gymnastics, towering human pyramids, precise Kung Fu maneuvers, and more in the debut tour of China Soul.

Recommended for ages 7 and up

Admission: 
Single: Adults 44 / Seniors 39 / Non-UIUC Students 15 / UIUC Students & Youth 10
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Midwest Mandeng: West African Master Drummers & Dancers

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Event Date: 
October 13, 2017 - 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library, The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Address: 
210 West Green Street, Urbana IL
Description: 

Midwest Mandeng: West African Master Drummers & Dancers

Join us for a spirited, energetic, participatory drumming and dance performance for all ages. Every fall, a group of some of the most talented performance artists from West Africa come to Urbana for Midwest Mandeng, a festival celebrating West African drum and dance. In this performance, some of the featured artists will share traditional rhythms and dances and introduce you to the arts and culture of Guinea and Mali. A free all-ages event.

Presented in cooperation with the C-U West African Drum & Dance Collective's Midwest Mandeng 2017.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Balinese Gamelan Concert

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Event Date: 
December 10, 2017 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Music Building Auditorium
Address: 
1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Description: 

End of semester concert featuring Balinese Gamelan ensembles under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa.

Traditional works will be performed by the UIUC Student Ensemble and Community Gamelan.

Balinese dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa will also be featured in this program.

The performance is open to the public and admission is free.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Cultural Celebration Series at Spurlock Museum

Our friends at Spurlock Museum continue their Cultural Celebration Performance Series on October 22nd with a 1pm sing-along of American folk music with local folk enthusiasts Hilary Valentine on mountain dulcimer and Rebecca Grosser on guitar and upright bass.  This monthly, family-friendly performance series is a joyful, continuing recognition of the diversity of cultures and types of music, dance, and storytelling available in our area. For further information on these events, contact Beth Watkins at (217) 265-5485 or visit the Spurlock Museum website: http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu

Cultural Celebration: Sing-along of Traditional American Tunes

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Event Date: 
October 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Description: 

The Spurlock Museum continues its Cultural Celebration Series with a free sing-along of American folk music for all ages. From Clementine to Home on the Range, join local folk enthusiasts Hilary Valentine and Rebecca Grosser to sing some of the traditional tunes sung at campfires, in classrooms, and from church pews around the nation. Song lyrics will be provided so everyone can participate. Hilary plays and teaches mountain dulcimer and Rebecca plays guitar and upright bass. Together, they love sharing traditional and early country songs with children and adults alike.

After the sing-along, participants are encouraged to visit the Museum’s temporary exhibit, Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Be-troit | film screening and performance

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Event Date: 
September 27, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Foreign Languages Building, Rm. 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
Address: 
707 S. Mathews
Description: 

Be-troit Performance Poetry: documentary screening, poetry & music performance, and discussion

This event will feature a screening and discussion of the documentary film Be-troit, led by Be-troit co-creators and artistic directors Olad Aden and Veniece Session. The event will also feature performances by participating artists, poets, rapper, and singers.

Rhythm and musicality of poetry, their oral origin and their close connection to song was often part of the social fabric. These performative characteristics make poetry very attractive for performance events while it can be an enormous challenge to transfer its content to another language and culture. Cities worldwide have seen a renaissance of live poetry readings and performances, accompanied by increased interests in digital forms and methods of networking on a global scale.

Be-troit Performance Poetry, a project between Detroit and Berlin, is an international exchange literature project between the cities of Detroit and Berlin with a focus on contemporary performance poetry. It takes up impulses of poetry, Spoken Word, Slam Poetry and Rap from Detroit and Berlin. Building on specific local traditions these art forms mix literature, music, dance and visual arts. The numerous events in Detroit are combining Spoken Word and HipHop, improvisation and freestyle: beatboxers, poets, competitive battles and DJs support the performing poets.

Organized by the European Union Center. Co-sponsored by the Goethe Institut-Chicago.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Okee Dokee Brothers - Campfire Jamboree - Allerton Park Concert Series

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Event Date: 
September 22, 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Gate House Lawn, Allerton Park
Address: 
515 Old Timber Road Monticello, Illinois 61856
Description: 

Campfire Jamboree

The University of Illinois Community Credit Union presents the Allerton Park Concert Series
6:30-8pm | Gate House Lawn | Okee Dokee Brothers
Food + drink available for purchase. (BYO S’mores supplies for the campfire after the show!)

About the bands: The GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, have put their passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music. “Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.

The four-time Parents’ Choice Award winners have garnered praise from the likes of NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today, and have been called ‘two of family music’s best songwriters.'”

Admission: 
$5/person or $10/family, at the gate (cash only)
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Tiempo Libre

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Event Date: 
September 30, 2017 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, Illinois
Description: 

Three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today, presenting sizzling performances at venues around the globe as well as on The Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center, Dancing with the Stars, and many programs on Univision and Telemundo. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs, festival stages, and dance venues, Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities, and seductive Latin rhythms. Since the group’s formation in Miami in 2001, its members have been on a mission to share their Afro-Caribbean heritage with as wide an audience as possible, reinterpreting and reinvigorating music born from the meeting of their musical origins with their American experience. Already a crowd favorite at Krannert Center, Tiempo Libre is sure to have the audience on its feet!

Admission: 
Single: 30 / Senior citizens: 25 / Non-U of I college students: 15 / U of I student & Youth: 10
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Stary Olsa

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Event Date: 
October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Illini Room A, Illini Union
Address: 
1401 W. Green St., Urbana
Description: 

Stary Olsa (Belarusian medieval folk band)

Stary Olsa performs medieval, Renaissance, and early baroque music from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and western Europe. They use only period instruments (painstakingly handcrafted from historically accurate materials), such as cistra, Baltic psaltery, shawms, rebec, and Belarusian bagpipe. They sing in Belarusian. The band has received numerous positive critical reviews.

Their performance is sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center and the support of the US Department of Education Title VI grant; the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; The European Union Center (EUC); the Center for Global Studies; and the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.

Admission: 
Free and open to the public.
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  • The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is pleased to present a special performance featuring guest dancer I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda, who joins our student and community Balinese Gamelan

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