This weekend, March 1 & 2, internationally renowned artists of theater, dance, music and visual art will join us in Amherst for a weekend of discussion and workshops. 

Ping Chong

FRIDAY 3/1: Red Room, 4:30 — Meet and see presentations by Ping Chong, Amie Dowling, George Mathew and Eric Gottesman in which they share discoveries they've made in their work with alternative and marginalized communities around the globe. A meet-and-greet with the artists in Converse Lobby will follow.

SATURDAY 3/2: Practical workshops, open to all students, faculty, staff & community members. Email to reserve a place! Studio 1, Webster Hall. 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: "Performing Arts and Community Exchange" with Amie Dowling.
In this experiential workshop, writing, movement, and theater exercises will be introduced that can lead to collaborative creative work with men and women who are, or have been, incarcerated. "Performing Arts and Community Exchange" is designed for participants who are interested in merging activism, performance and teaching.

2 to 5 p.m.: “Introduction to Socially Engaged Theater” with Ping Chong and Company.
This workshop will explore techniques used in Ping Chong & Company's interview-based theater project, the "Undesirable Elements" series. Participants will learn methods of gathering stories within specific communities.

Amie Dowling

About the guests:

Ping Chong, known for his innovative multidisciplinary works that explore the intersections of history, race, art and technology in the modern world, will speak about "Undesirable Elements," an ongoing series of community-specific, interview-based theater works that examine issues of culture and identity of individuals who are outsiders within their mainstream community.

Amie Dowling, associate professor in dance and social justice at the University of San Francisco and artist-in-residence at the San Francisco Jails, will talk about her collaborations with incarcerated individuals on the creation of original dance/theater pieces; a most recent project is the dance film "Well Contested Sites," filmed on Alcatraz Island.

Eric Gottesman, photographic artist and organizer, will speak about a new multimedia project he is working on in Ethiopia (in collaboration with actors, writers and filmmakers) based on the life and fiction of assassinated political journalist Baalu Girma.

Singaporean-born Indian conductor George Mathew, founder and artistic director of Music for Life International and Ubuntu-Shruti, will speak about his work as a conductor in the classical music world bringing symphonic music to focus on global humanitarian issues and crises at the beginning of the 21st century.

Hope to see you there!