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Jan. 30, 2002
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OSWEGO -- Before its Valentine's Day engagement in Oswego, performance art troupe Squonk Opera will address classes at SUNY Oswego and give a public discussion of their ground-breaking work.
The public is invited to attend "Squonk Prequel -- The Interdisciplinary Frontier: New Directions in Performance Art" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Room 105 of Lanigan Hall at SUNY Oswego. Squonk's music director, Jackie Dempsey, and artistic director, Steve O'Hearn, will discuss how their work relates to productions such as the Blue Man Group and "Stomp." There will be no admission fee for this session.
It is one of several educational sessions presented by the troupe, who will stage their critically acclaimed touring production "BigSmorgasbordWunderWerk" at the Ralph M. Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts in the Oswego High School at 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Members of Squonk will also address SUNY Oswego music, art, theatre and English writing arts classes, as well as host a behind-the-scenes tour for local high school students.
"Residency work with the artists who perform through Artswego provides our students with valuable insights into the process of the performing arts," said Professor Mark Cole, who chairs the college's theatre department.
SUNY Oswego's Artswego Performing Arts Series sponsors Squonk Opera's appearance. "BigSmorgasbordWunderWerk" is an artist-driven performance art piece that combines ingredients that include the use of light and shadow, music, puppetry, dance and visual effects.
"With a group like Squonk Opera, design, music and performance art elements combine for an exciting and rewarding evening of theatre," Cole said. "The residency work offers students a behind-the-scenes look at an interdisciplinary collaboration. Experiences such as this are intellectually and creatively stimulating for our students and complement course work with exposure to professional possibilities, creative connections and new ideas."
This program is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pennsylvania Arts on Tour program is administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Tickets for the Feb. 14 "BigSmorgasbordWunderWerk" show are available through Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or Admission is $15, with discounted tickets for seniors and students at $12. SUNY Oswego students can attend for $6, and transportation will be available from campus to the high school and back. A special Family Pack is also available for $40 (two adults and two children).
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