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October 2019

Auditions | Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

October 16 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

TAPS Winter Main Stage, Everybody, is a 2018 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Branden Jacob Jenkins, directed by TAPS Artistic Director Prof. Michael Rau. This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living.

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Alumni Oral Histories at Reunion Weekend

October 24 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Stanford Historical Society (SHS) wants to hear about the Stanford alumni’s experiences of their class. At each Reunion Homecoming Weekend, SHS Oral History Program staff and volunteers conduct interviews for the Stanford Alumni Stories collection. During 2019 Reunion Homecoming Weekend, the Society will focus especially on the experiences of the classes of 1959, 1969, 1994 and 1999, but all alumni are welcome! Interviews will last about 30 minutes. Interview topics include life at student residences, student groups and communities,…

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Rakugo in the World: Traditional Japanese performing arts crossing borders

October 25 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

About the talk: Rakugo is a form of Japanese performing arts that has more than 300 years of tradition. The performer tells humorous stories by using only a couple of props and maneuvering his facial expressions and tones of voice. Even old stories of feudal era Japan can bring about laughter from the audience in the present-day Japan. But rakugo transcends not only the time but also space. Recently rakugo performers have been performing rakugo in English and brought the…

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“Answers from the Great Beyond”: Halloween Open House in Green Library

October 31 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This Halloween event looks at seances and other means of communication between the dead and the living. What does it mean to communicate with the dead? Under what conditions is contact between the living and the dead possible? What messages do the most well-known ghosts and spirits seek to convey? The idea of contacting or communing with the dead has been present, in various forms, for all of human history. Belief in ghosts and spirits is based on the concept…

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Halloween Concert: Stanford Wind Symphony and Stanford Symphony Orchestra

October 31 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The annual Halloween Concert by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Phillips, and the Stanford Wind Symphony, conducted by Russell Gavin, will include everything from chills to thrills. And the annual Costume Competition confirms this as a concert you won’t want to miss!   Program Stanford Symphony Orchestra Jacques Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld Overture George Gershwin: An American in Paris Stanford Wind Symphony Hans Zimmer: At the Movies with Hans Zimmer Danny Elfman: The Nightmare Before Christmas Eric Whitacre:…

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November 2019

VOICES OF THE EARTH: FROM SOPHOCLES TO RACHEL CARSON AND BEYOND

November 1 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Compiled by Rush Rehm and Charles Junkerman, Voices of the Earth deals with the troubled relationship between humans and the natural world. Along with powerful wilderness images and soundscapes, the staged reading features environmental pioneers (Muir, Carson, Stegner), great nature writers (Thoreau, Snyder, Abbey), playwrights who turn to the environment for inspiration (Sophocles, Chekhov, O’Neill), native American voices (Crowfoot, Chief Luther Standing Bear, Walking Buffalo), poets who honor the earth (Li Po, Rumi, Neruda, Levertov, Oliver, Lorde), environmental activists (Mendes,…

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CBD 2019: Playful Mindfulness: Improv as a joyful journey to confidence, calm and connection

November 3 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

With Lisa Rowland and Ted DesMaisons Many know that mindfulness—paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness—can reduce reactivity and create a steady sense of calm. Few would guess that improvisation, an art form known more for its energy and playfulness, does the same. Using safe, engaging interactive exercises from both worlds, Ted and Lisa will help you “play attention” in ways that develop resilient courage and genuine connection. Lisa Rowland teaches and performs improvisation around the world,…

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CBD 2019: Playful Mindfulness: Improv as a joyful journey to confidence, calm and connection

November 3 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

With Lisa Rowland and Ted DesMaisons Many know that mindfulness—paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness—can reduce reactivity and create a steady sense of calm. Few would guess that improvisation, an art form known more for its energy and playfulness, does the same. Using safe, engaging interactive exercises from both worlds, Ted and Lisa will help you “play attention” in ways that develop resilient courage and genuine connection. Lisa Rowland teaches and performs improvisation around the world, most…

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NASSIM

November 7 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

by Nassim Soleimanpour  From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes an audacious new theatrical experience. Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box. But will they understand each other? Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, NASSIM is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us. NASSIM follows Soleimanpour’s globally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, which has been translated into over 25 different languages and performed over…

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Sangita Gopal- Fugitive Infrastructures: Women’s filmmaking and Video in India

November 8 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Building on exciting work on documentary in India as well as studies of media infrastructures in the global south, Dr. Gopal lectures to how the affordances of video aligned with feminist radical politics in India in the 1980s. This decade witnessed the beginnings of alternative media practices in India and anchoring this new media revolution was a pioneering embrace of video technology by the women’s movement. Unlike radio and television that were state-owned and controlled, the state had little interest…

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REVIVAL: Millennial Remembering in the Afro NOW

November 14 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

REVIVAL: Millennial Remembering in the Afro NOW  By Amara Tabor-Smith, IDA Artist-in-Residence An Afro Futurist, devised dance theater work, inspired by the founding of the Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA), which marks its 50th anniversary this year. Utilizing the stories and characteristics of the Yoruba deities known as Orisha, REVIVAL is a multimedia and multi site experience exploring the people and events that have catalyzed movements for social change through time. A non- linear narrative, REVIVAL is driven by…

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Isabel Huacuja Alonso “Where are you? Call out to me”: The All India Radio Urdu Service’s Letters of

November 21 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Shortly after the end of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war and largely in response to Radio Pakistan’s campaign to incite anti-Indian sentiment, Indira Gandhi, then Indian Minister of Information and Broadcasting, inaugurated a new radio service directed at West Pakistan. While the service targeted “foreign” Urdu-knowing audiences, it quickly gained popularity in North India as well, where Urdu was widely understood. In addition to news programs, the Urdu Service aired entertainment programs, including music and radio drama, but at the heart of the…

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February 2020

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

February 5, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Back to Back Theatre  Five activists with intellectual disabilities hold a public meeting to start a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer not to know, and a future that is ambivalent. With the rapid development of AI and continuing advances in automation, where does human intelligence fit in? Shadow’s cast consists of five activists with intellectual disabilities, hidden histories, and ambivalent futures. As in all communities, nobody is self-sufficient and everyone is responsible.

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Rite of Spring

February 21, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Yang Liping  Chinese dance legend and renowned choreographer Yang Liping—a 2018 judge on So You Think You Can Dance: China—brings her stunning reimagining of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Stanford. A product of her native Chinese culture intermingled with the Tibetan concept of nature and life, Liping’s Rite of Spring spins an abstract legend of the path of salvation embodied by the sacrificial peacock. Through spectacular set design and exquisite costumes, the production creates a distinctive universe where time, space, and life coexist in endless…

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April 2020

Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha

April 23, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Produced by Volcano Theatre with Moveable Beast Collective and co-commissioned by Stanford Live  In 1911, famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin wrote Treemonisha, the first opera about life post-slavery by a black person. Fusing classical, folk, and gospel, it bore ragtime’s syncopations. Thematically, it was ahead of its time. But nobody would risk producing a black composer’s work, and five years later Joplin was buried in a pauper’s grave and the work was thrown away. Now, reconstructed with new libretto and orchestrations…

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