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September 2019

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

September 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Now extended through February 2.Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is the first solo museum show for Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel. Featuring paintings made in the last five years, Casteel’s large-scale portraits of Harlem community members are intimate portrayals of often overlooked members of society. In her own words, “I’ve always had an inclination toward seeing people who might be easily unseen.” Casteel’s deeply empathetic approach to portraiture makes her one of the most important emerging artists working today.Jordan Casteel: Returning…

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November 2019

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 DesMaison 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 DesMaison 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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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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