All the World’s a Stage

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The ARTSwego Performing Arts Series at SUNY Oswego has accepted the challenge by planning six dance, music and theatre events in surprising places during its 2014-15 season.

Audiences will experience the lineup of touring artists and ensembles at venues as different as an Oswego historic site and a lakeside circus tent.

The unusual approach is a creative response to the temporary closure of Waterman Theatre during the extensive renovation of Tyler Hall on the SUNY Oswego campus.

“Faced with the building closure, we’ve planned a season that’s more open than ever,” says John Shaffer, Director of Arts Programming. “We approached this year’s events as one long campus and community festival,” he said.

Planning for the unusual year involved a national and international search for performers who engage the public in non-traditional ways and spaces. Typical of that approach is Third Rail Projects from New York City.

Over the last year, they have performed their critically acclaimed “Then She Fell,” inspired by the Alice stories of Lewis Carroll, at a century-old institutional facility in Brooklyn. Designed as an immersive dance theatre experience, that show involves unusually close encounters between audience and artists.

Third Rail will create an entirely new on-site work at Oswego’s Fort Ontario. The company’s artistic directors visited Oswego in the spring and selected the fort’s buildings and labyrinthine underground spaces as the location for their next work.

A centerpiece of ARTSwego’s inventive season, “Anthem” will premiere with four performances on Friday and 
Saturday, Oct. 10-11 as a free creative experience for the campus and community.

Latin Beats, Local History and Circus Arts

Other featured performances this season at ARTSwego include:

Dafnis Prieto - Tuesday, Sept. 23
Winner of a MacArthur “genius” award and multiple Latin 
Grammy nominations, the Cuban-born jazz percussionist brings his Si o Si Quartet to Hewitt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oswego.

Senegal St. Joseph Choir - Weds., Oct. 15
 Direct from Dakar, Senegal, this ensemble of fifteen singers and four traditional drummers represents a vibrant West African choral tradition. Their program will be hosted at St. Mary’s Church on West Seventh Street in Oswego.

Voice - Weds., Feb. 18, 2015 
On their second U.S. tour from England, this exquisite female vocal trio presents a program in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall especially for the Valentine’s season. Featured songs, new and old, explore the beauty, heartache, and humor of love.

Becoming Harriet Tubman - Tues. & Weds., Feb. 3-4, 2015
A hit at last summer’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, Natalie Daise brings the compelling story of the legendary slave-turned-abolitionist, Union spy, and conductor of the Underground Railroad to Hewitt Ballroom.

Vague de Cirque - April 15-18, 2015
The nomadic spirit of the fairgrounds, the intimacy of a cabaret and deep traditions of the circus flavor the artistry and comedy of this world-traveled Québécois troupe. They bring their own heated big-top to the grounds of SUNY Oswego’s Marano Center.

Go to the ARTSwego website at: for performance details and links to video previews. Tickets may be purchased through all SUNY Oswego box offices or by calling 315-312-2141. Tickets for paid events cost $15 each ($20 for Vague de Cirque); $5 for college students and youth.

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Posted On: August 13, 2014
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