Artswego series to bring touring acts to campus

imageThis season’s Artswego Performing Arts Series will feature music, dance and theatre both playful and poignant.

“We’re happy to present another exciting series of touring artists who entertain as well as educate,” said Mary Avrakotos, coordinator of Artswego. “Many performers share their energy and experience by visiting classes as well as holding informal sessions called ‘informances’ where they perform and answer questions from audience members.”

The Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company will open the Artswego season with a performance on Friday, Sept. 23. The Shanghai-born Cai choreographs multimedia performances that blend Chinese ribbon dancing and an American aesthetic. Flowing silks and inspiration from the art of Jackson Pollack produce a show the Los Angeles Times described as having a “sense of cool, along with an emphasis on eye-catching designs.”

The Arrogant Worms will bring music full of harmony and humor to campus on Friday, Oct. 21. The Kingston (Ontario) trio, who have six albums to their credit, said they strive to make witty, catchy music on guitar, bass and “any instrument smaller than three inches long.”

The sounds of gypsy jazz will accompany Pearl Django on Saturday, Nov. 12. Called “one of the most capable and intelligent swing revival bands on either side of the Atlantic” by Acoustic Guitar magazine, the quartet pays homage to the Parisian jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Their performance headlines the annual daylong Jazz Guitar and More Festival at SUNY Oswego.

Without saying a word, the performer known as Snowflake presents shows filled with creativity and illusion for audiences of all ages throughout the world. His performance on Friday, Jan. 27, will draw on a repertoire that includes breathing life into inanimate objects, creating imaginative music and dancing “The Nutcracker” on skis.

In her one-woman show “Victoria,” Dulcinea Langfelder depicts a woman with Alzheimer’s. Called “highly sophisticated, wonderfully evocative and sometimes hilarious” by the Montreal Gazette, “Victoria” will appear Thursday and Friday, Feb. 2 and 3. The show ties in with the college’s “Arts and Psychology” series and “The Speed of Dark,” this year’s Oswego Reading Initiative choice for campus-wide reading.

Cherish the Ladies will present their acclaimed and energetic Celtic music on Tuesday, March 7. This accomplished all-female globe-trotting group has recorded seven albums and made appearances on “CBS This Morning,” National Public Radio and British Broadcasting Corp. programming. This show represents a homecoming for leader Joan Madden, whose career first took off while she attended SUNY Oswego.

Artswego’s season will wrap with 2 Foot Yard, presented together with the SUNY Oswego music department’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series, on Wednesday, March 22. Fronted by composer, violinist and vocalist Carla Kihlstedt, 2 Foot Yard combines chamber and contemporary music with “a headspinning collection that melds classical virtuosity, folk soul, and pop imagination,” according to Billboard magazine.

All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre, except for the show by the Arrogant Worms, who will play in the Hewitt Union Food Court as part of the college’s Family and Friends Weekend.

For a brochure with more information or to make reservations, call Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail

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PHOTO CAPTION: Series return—Eastern and western influences will mix when the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company kicks off the Artswego Performing Arts Series on Sept. 23.

CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or

(Posted: Aug 03, 2005)