March 25, 2003 (03-26)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
Montgomery College Arts Institute to Host World Arts Festival
Two-Day Celebration of Art, Dance, Literature, Music and Video
To Be Held April 11 and 12, Rockville Campus
The Arts Institute of Montgomery College will host a two-day
“World Arts Festival,” a celebration of
music, visual art,
film, dance, literature, and storytelling featuring workshops, lectures,
and performances by internationally recognized musicians, artists,
dancers, scholars, and writers. The festival will be held
Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April
12 at the College’s Rockville Campus. All events are free and open to the
The term “World Art” refers to
the creative works of indigenous peoples and their descendants who were
the first inhabitants of lands later occupied and dominated by others from
different regions, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds. Preserved through
centuries by their descendants, the music, art, and dance of aboriginal
communities speaks of human joys and struggles, the affinity of human
beings to their land, and their common understanding of love and life.
Highlights of the two-day festival are as follows:
Friday, April 11:
Caryn Heilman, former dancer with
the Paul Taylor Dance Company, will discuss the choreographic structures
of Paul Taylor that contribute to the Company's electrifying onstage
energy, in the Theatre Arts Arena, from 10 to 11:25 a.m. Heilman will
also lead a dance master class, “Liquid Body Movement,” designed for
dancers and non-dancers alike, to the accompaniment of live music
provided by Nana Simopolous on Indian sitar, Greek bouzouki, and
Australian didgeridoo, from noon to 1:25 p.m.
Four members of the Old Elk Family
will give a workshop and demonstration of the history, current events,
blessings, dancing, and singing from both the Crow and Sioux traditions,
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.
African artist Michel Delgado will
give a talk on naïve art from 4 to 6 p.m.,
in Room 124 of the Music Building. In addition, there will be a
student exhibition “Without Boundaries,” celebrating cultural identity
and diversity, featuring artwork using intaglio, lithography, woodcut,
and monotype printmaking techniques.
The MC World Ensemble, under the
direction of Professor Dawn Avery, and the
MC Dance Company, under the
direction of Professor Gail Minor-Smith, will present a concert and
dance performance, 8 to 9:30 p.m.,
Theatre Arts Arena. Former UN
Officer Denise Scotto will discuss what indigenous art is—as defined by
the Commission of Human Rights and United Nations guidelines—as well as
the role it plays in today’s world. The concert will feature music from
Africa, Native America, Ireland, Macedonia, Russia, Jamaica, Israel,
Persia, and more.
Saturday, April 12:
West African drumming and song led
by Joseph Ngwa, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the amphitheatre outside the
Humanities Building. Ngwa is an ancestral drummer from Cameroon, a
member of the African Heritage Dances and Drummers in Washington, D.C.
and a founding member of the KanKouran West African Dance Company.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Closing concert gala from 8 to
9:30 p.m., in the Music Recital Hall of the Music Building features
world musician Nana and dance and video by LiquidBody performing music
of Greece, Native America, India, and Yoruba, along with the MC World
Ensemble. MC Professor Dawn Avery, a renowned cellist, vocalist and
composer, will bring a Native American and Persian element to the music,
while Joseph Ngwa will play the percussion of Cameroon.
For more information about Montgomery College’s “World Arts
Festival,” or to request accommodations for a disability, please contact
Professor Dawn Avery, Music Department, Rockville Campus, at 240-567-5035,
firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Montgomery
College Arts Institute, please contact Professor James L. Brown at
240-567-7644 or e-mail