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Northwestern Theatre and Dance in March

Danceworks 2012 and NT-Live broadcast of “The Comedy of Errors” among events

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February 20, 2012 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University’s winter 2012 performance season concludes in March with the final four performances of “Danceworks 2012.” Showcasing the choreography of Northwestern’s dance faculty, “Danceworks” runs from Feb. 24 through March 4 at the Josephine Louis Theater.

In continued partnership with the National Theatre in London, the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University’s National Theatre Live (NT Live) season will include a broadcast of Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" March 27 at the Ethel M. Barber Theater.

The School of Communication’s department of performance studies will host two March programs featuring visiting artist Tami Spry.

All events are open to the public and take place on Northwesten’s Evanston campus, as noted.

For the first time, TIC Mainstage subscribers can choose a 5-Play Flex-Pass for $55 to $115 that represents a 10 percent savings off single-ticket prices listed below. Where applicable, ticket discounts are available for groups of eight or more. Unless otherwise noted, tickets and Flex-Passes can be purchased now through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu.

MARCH 2012 MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

“Danceworks 2012,” artistic direction by Annie Beserra, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26; 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1; 8 p.m. Friday, March 2; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive. This annual audience favorite features the original works of Northwestern’s faculty choreographers and performances by up-and-coming student dancers. Under the artistic direction of award-winning Northwestern faculty member Annie Beserra, “Danceworks 2012” is a contemporary celebration of traditional and modern dance. A post-show discussion with the artists and Northwestern faculty and staff will follow the Feb. 24, Feb. 26 and March 1 performances. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Single tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for seniors and full-time students; and $5 for Northwestern full-time students with advance purchases or $10 at will-call. For tickets, call (847) 491-7282 or visit www.tic.northwestern.edu.

National Theatre Live series broadcast, “The Comedy of Errors,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Ethel M. Barber Theater. Shakespeare’s fast-paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time. Two sets of twins separated at birth arrive in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale. And for no one more so than Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio who, in search of their brothers, arrive in a foreign land where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound. The London play is directed by Dominic Cooke and features United Kingdom comedian and star Lenny Henry as Antipholus. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $16 for full-time students.

PERFORMANCE STUDIES

The following Evanston campus programs will be hosted by the School of Communication’s department of performance studies. All are free and open to the public. For more information, phone (847) 491-3171 or visit www.communication.northwestern.edu.

Tami Spry, Performing Autoethnography workshop, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Alvina Krause Studio, Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive. Author of “Body, Paper, Stage,” nominated for the 2011 Book of the Year by the Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Tami Spry will give a workshop on performing autoethnography -- a form of social research that explores the researcher’s personal experience and connects the autobiographical story to wider cultural, political and social meanings. Spry is a professor of performance studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Admission is free; tickets should be reserved in advance by emailing freda-love-smith@northwestern.edu.

Tami Spry, “Call it Swing: A Jazz Blues Autoethnography,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, Alvina Krause Studio, Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive. In this autoethnographic performance, Spry critically reflects on her father’s 25 years as a jazz drummer and his commitment to swing. The performance touches on issues of socio-cultural practices of racial inequality and cultural appropriation. Admission is free.