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Wilde’s Play Boasts Superb Characters

“When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me,” senior BFA Theater student Adrian Carter said during Friday’s opening night performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Be...
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Nrityagram Dance Company Brings Odissi Tradition to Campus

The devastation in Surupa Sen’s face as she danced Khandita was so genuine that Lord Krishna became a palpable onstage presence. Beautifully garbed in white and gold, Sen danced as Rädhä, the love...
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Must-Watch Spoken Word for Every Relationship Status: Valentine’s Day Edition

When novelists think love, they draft words of wondrous passion onto their notebooks filled with fantasy. When slam poets talk love, sh*t gets real. These artists utter words of desperation or perhaps...
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Cirque Ziva Performs Mind-Bending Stunts at Campbell

One might feel a sense of shame blended with awe when witnessing the Golden Dragon Acrobats contort, bend and balance so seamlessly. The Chinese acrobatic company performed their critically-acclaimed ...
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Dances of India Festival Hits Campus: Four Day Event Showcases Classical Dance Styles

In the midst of telling a classical Indian folktale, dancers Shivani Thakkar, Leah Vincent and Joanna Marie Collins called for their favorite groove. Their prayers were answered by the almighty sound ...
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Mother and Daughter Duo Share Dance of India

Dressed in a gown embellished with hundreds of golden bells attached to the ankles, the barefoot dancer extended her hands to the audience as if flipping to the first page of a narrative and articulat...
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‘Catalyst’ Hits Stride in Launch Party

Greeted by a refreshing, chilly night, hundreds of students and locals gathered in the parking lot of the Isla Vista Food Co-op last December during dead week. The normally asphalt wasteland was trans...
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“King Lear” Sports All-Star Cast from “Game of Thrones” and “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

Reviewing Shakespeare is admittedly a little difficult, as it’s difficult to criticize or analyze the story without causing traumatic memories of interpreting extremely difficult texts in high schoo...
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Juggling Cushions, Snorkels and Big Macs: Flying Karamazov Brothers Entertain Campbell

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a Karamazov! This high-flying, zany, juggling comedy-troupe graced the stage of Campbell Hall this weekend, turning the mundane lecture hall into nothing I’...
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Slip ‘n Slides, Rubber Ducks and Near-Nakedness: Pilobolus Dance Theater Captivates the Granada

As dismayed as I was by the absurd amount of stairs my lazy self had to climb to get to my seat, sitting in the highest section of the Granada Theatre to watch Pilobolus Dance Theatre on Monday, Nov. ...
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Alafia Dance Ensemble Brought Rhythms to Share at the MCC

The first thing I noticed upon entering the MCC Theatre on Friday night, Nov. 14, was the set of percussionist instruments arrayed onstage. The drums themselves were to be expected, for the performers...
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Cirque de Freq Proves Itself as an Antidote from I.V. Halloween

On Halloween night, thousands of students fled Isla Vista to get their kicks in places where noise ordinances, Orwellian police density and the sort of people that stay in Isla Vista for Halloween are...
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UCSB Alum Talks About Upcoming Show with Pilobolus Dance Theater

Dartmouth College students founded Pilobolus Dance Theatre in 1971. Artistic directors Michael Tracy and Robby Barnett were both part of the original PDT group, along with Jonathen Wolken, who passed ...
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Arlington Theatre Shocked by Batsheva Dance Company’s “Sadeh21”

There was no warning that the show had started. I was sitting in the audience waiting to see the Batsheva Dance Company perform at the Arlington theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 4, admiring the vast sense of ...
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Keep the Party Going: Halloween Dance Moves

Ah, Halloween. The one day a year when cosplayers are the top dogs of the night. What else, apart from a comic-con worthy costume, could you possibly need for Halloween to be the best that it can be? ...
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