The Rubenstein Arts Center opened a year ago this February, and duARTS, Duke’s umbrella organization for student arts groups, is throwing a party. Drop into the Ruby for cake, art activities, student performances, and a Black History Month art showcase in the Ruby Lounge organized by duARTS. The new Beyu Blue in the Ruby coffee cart will open for the occasion—following this party, espresso and snacks will be on sale throughout the semester (Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm and 3-8pm).
In March 2018, Duke Performances brought some of the most musically fabled regions of the world to Durham with Black Atlantic, a weeklong festival in downtown Durham celebrating the music of Africa and the African diaspora. Musicians from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela, Mali, the Garifuna people of Honduras, and Spain took the stage at Motorco and the Carolina Theatre. “These six concerts,” wrote Duke professor Laurent Dubois, “remind us of common routes, of the ways Black Atlantic music has helped turn exile and exclusion into grounding and connection.” This season, Black Atlantic returns to Motorco (and adds one concert at Baldwin Auditorium) in search of more cultural connections and imaginative hybrids, with artists from South Africa, Congo, Uganda, Mali/Ivory Coast/France, Mauritania, Cuba, Niger, New York, and Brazil.
Featuring guest conductor/composer Johan de Meij and saxophone soloist Henk van Twillert. Works include Johan de Meij's Fellini and his Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings.
The Duke University Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts program is proud to announce its spring thesis exhibition, MFA|EDA 2019. Featuring site-specific projects by twelve MFA|EDA graduating students, the exhibition presents a tremendous range of work including presentations of film and video, installation, sculpture, photography, immersive arts, performance, sound, and multimedia over the course of four weeks across Duke’s campus and downtown Durham.
Molly Albright, a senior pursuing distinction in acting, is producing Fuddy Meers, a surreal comedy by David Linday-Abaire, directed by Indy Arts Award winner JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell. A passion project for Albright, the script tells the story of an amnesiac, Claire (played by Albright), who awakens each morning with no recollection of - well - anything. Each morning, her husband gives her a quick rundown of who she is, and each night, she falls asleep, forgetting that day and every day prior. Today is just like every other day, until Claire is kidnapped by a limping, lisping convict who claims to be her brother. The audience is plunged into the chaotic kaleidoscope of Claire's world, uncovering with Claire the dark secrets of her past. Climaxing in a cacophony of revelations, everything in Claire's world is not what it appears to be. Is it ever?
ChoreoLab 2019 is the Duke Dance Program's Spring concert featuring ballet, modern, African dance, jazz, and dance theater works by Duke faculty, advanced students and alumni.
Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13th @ 7:30pm, Reynolds Theater