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Class performs Ghanaian music with two guests

(12/09/14 6:57am)

The concert started with a loud cry of poetry from Faith Conant as she beat on the lead drum, prompting the rest of the group to join in on their instruments. Playing on drums and other percussion instruments in a semi-circle were the students from Conant’s “Fafali: Music and Dance from Ghana” class, joined by a few special guests. As the first piece, “Gahu” went on, beats reverberated off the walls of the hall, filling the whole room with powerful, intense rhythms.

Framingham professor speaks on “Duck Foot”

(12/09/14 6:57am)

During a discussion of Elizabeth Murray’s “Duck Foot” on Wednesday night, participants analyzed and dissected the piece. In the middle of the discussion, an eight-year old girl raised her hand. With a clear voice, she asked the speaker, “What is it?” Noting her question, the speaker, an assistant professor of music at Framingham State University, Christian Gentry Ph.D. ’12, opened the subject to discussion: what exactly is “Duck Foot”?

Boris’ Kitchen and outside groups perform in annual festival

(12/09/14 6:56am)

The lights went up on a restaurant scene. Using overly exaggerated, hilarious facial expressions, Yael Platt ’17 asked Michelle Wexler ’15, the annoyed hostess, if she could have a table for one. The audience began to laugh. Next, Dennis Hermida-Gonzalez ’16 walked into the resturant with a dog. Wexler asked him to leave the dog outside, but Hermida-Gonzalez replied that his dog was his “emotional support companion.” This same scenario went on, using other animals such as a gorilla and an elephant. At the end of the sketch, Deesha Patel ’16 walked in with Rodrigo Granados ’18. Wexler said that the restaurant didn’t allow any support animals anymore. To end the scene, Patel delivered punch line, “That’s my boyfriend.”

Play makes good use of comedy, but drags

(11/25/14 5:39am)

Tucked away in the corner of the stage sat a plain brown desk. With the houselights up, an actor in a dark brown suit calmly wrote at the desk as the audience filtered in. People slowly took stock of his presence, but the actor kept his eyes trained on his writing and did not acknowledge the audience. As the house lights dimmed, the play began; the man at the desk (Jose Castellanos ’18) introduced himself as the narrator and established the structure of the play.

BTC play brings epic Persian poem to life

(11/25/14 5:37am)

This semester’s director-in-residence, Hafiz Karmali, worked with Brandeis undergraduate students on his version of Jean-Claude Carriere and Peter Brook’s production of The Conference of the Birds. From the various elements incorporated into the production, Karmali demonstrated an impeccable sense of space and actor and audience connection. The performance’s creative set included levels and dimension and musical interpretations that captures the audience’s emotions.