As the eventful Walker Cultural Leader Series winds down, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock is bringing students and the Niagara community a whopping two months of programming that ranges from dramatic arts and music to visual arts and culture. The fourth annual Industrial Fabric Festival of the Arts begins in March and continues until April.
Coinciding with the end of classes, Industrial Fabric4 allows an outlet for the creative community and those registered in classes in the arts, music and drama to present their labours of love to the community.
“Industrial Fabric4 represents the creative thread that binds students in the common effort of bringing their creativity to audiences both large and small, on and off campus. These spirited encounters build on collective and individual talent supported by the experienced hand of our dedicated faculty and staff. It is the extraordinary range and calibre of our student creativity that never fails to surprise and pique our imagination year after year that provide testimony to the strength and depth of our academic programs in Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts and Arts and Culture,” states Derek Knight, Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.
From the Department of the Dramatic Arts, one of the biggest events is the One Acts Festival in which upper-year students from DART 3P54 (a directorial class) present a series of short plays. Without the restrictions of a full-rounded plot or a classified act structure, there is no telling what unfettered creativity will be displayed at the event. The One Acts Festival will be presented free of charge in ST107 and ST103 on March 21 and 22 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively.
Students from DART 3F61 (Theatrical Design) show the world that without the physical backbone of a set, true theatre wouldn’t exist. The Theatrical Design Exhibition publicly shows the theatre design projects of the senior students and is sure to peak any theatre-file’s curiosity. The showing is in ST102 from March 26 to April 2.
Rounding off the undergraduate student collaborations, Fragmentos is a unique ensemble production presented by DART 4F56 (Advanced Studies in Theatre). Students have disassembled World history and created a truly interesting play. Written by the students themselves, the play follows 18 of 1,546 Canadians who illegally travel to Spain during the Civil War in order to ‘fight the good fight’ for Democracy. They are able to actively portray a heated World on the verge of Fascist empowerment through the use of innovative dance, movement and visual media. The play will be presented in ST107, free of charge on April 11 and April 12 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee times to be announced.
When you’ve seen every play and production there is to see at Brock University, perhaps replace those emphatically spoken words with a beautiful arrangement of music at The University Wind Ensemble presented by the Department of Music with conductor Zoltan Kalman. The event displays a number of talented performers passionately playing a range of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments with their peers. Kalman was trained as a clarinettist at the World-renowned Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Tickets are $ 8.85 and are available at the Centre for the Arts box office. The performance will take place on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sean O’ Sullivan Theatre.
If the high food prices at lunchtime make you cringe, a free musical performance may be enough to make up for it with RBC Foundation’s Music@Noon series. The recital series will present performances for voice students on March 18, Instrumental students on March 25 and Piano students on April 1. All of the presentations will take place at the Sean O’ Sullivan Theatre.
Finally, from the Visual Arts Department, an Honours exhibition from VISA 4F06 will be presented in two chapters allowing the students to show these graduating artists’ masterpieces. The displays will be presented at Rodman Hall where they were created. The two exhibitions run from March 22 to April 6 and April 12 to April 27, with opening receptions on March 21 and April 11 respectively.
Whether you’re interested in art, drama or music there is bound to be something of interest to you programmed in the Festival. So get out there and see what your fellow Badgers are doing in their studios and on stage throughout the community.
For more information on any of these events check out the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts on Facebook or their website through the brocku.ca portal.