The mission of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series is to advance the East Carolina University motto (to serve) by engaging university and regional audiences with quality cultural arts experiences. We purposefully select programs designed to broaden exposure to a spectrum of performing arts, provide intensive master class and informance opportunities for university and K-12 students, provide real-world internship experiences in arts management and serve as the region’s performing arts leader.
The 2014-15 Series (remaining events)
All Series Events are held at 8:00 PM in Wright Auditorium.
During a three-year run on Broadway, the Swiss troupe Mummenschanz pioneered a new form of visual theatre, paving the way for the likes of modern dance company Pilobolus and the Blue Man Group. Mummenschanz creates a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light and the creative manipulation of objects. They offer timeless insight on the human condition.
Experience choreographer Roni Koresh’s (at left) latest work, “Come Together.” It juxtaposes Israeli folk dance and contemporary movement alongside Middle Eastern music and classical favorites by Chopin, Beethoven and Ravel. Experience the grounded, driving and earthy rhythms of the old world beside the ethereal and heavenly sounds of the new. This performance opens with a short Koresh piece performed by ECU dancers.
John Lithgow offers a touching and humorous reflection of storytelling as the tie that binds humanity. He invokes memories of his grandmother and father by interspersing his story with two great works that were read to him when he was a child: “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P.G. Wodehouse and “Haircut” by Ring Lardner. In the first, a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. In a hilarious tour de force, Lithgow performs with zany abandon, portraying ten distinct, outrageous characters (including a parrot). By contrast, “Haircut” is a darkly comic look at Midwestern American implacability. It is a captivating yarn told by a gossipy barber in small-town Michigan as he gives a shave and a haircut to a stranger. Stories by Heart provides ample evidence of the power of storytelling, the magic of theatre and the talents of one of our greatest actors.
The “fantastically gifted cellist” Nina Kotova has been hailed as “passionate and inspiring” and “a musician of high seriousness and real talent.” She’s performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras around the world including the Czech, Russian National, Chinese Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC. She’s performed for the Imperial family of Japan and at Buckingham Palace, as well as graced the covers of Gramophone, Time, Newsweek, Vogue and Elle. Repertoire to be announced by August 15.