Spring Symposium Liveblog 1 – CFA

Set and costume design students work on display.

This year’s Spring Student Research Symposium kicked off in the CFA. After the Keynote and Ron’s introduction, the show moved to the students. As with tomorrow’s programming, most of tonight’s presentations took the form of groups of three or four performances moderated by faculty advisors.  But there were also some unusual formats: posters with drawings and design concepts from theater and dance shows, open rehearsals, and a D8 concert in the lobby.

Art is more than just product: it’s process. So far, the Symposium has been an awesome chance to see both pieces of the equation in action, in a way no other event at Midd can do.  Here’s tonight’s coverage, updated live:

Session 1 – Music

  • 8:10 – Swanky: food, virgin “mocktails” (rather random, but tasty), free museum tours. Catering shows the College takes this seriously.
  • 8:15 – Liebowitz sighting!
  • 8:32 – MiddBlog gives theater and dance a little too much love sometimes. Decided to jump into the music presentations instead.
  • 8:50 – SO WORTH IT. Eamon Fogarty ’11 composed an original string quartet. Sweeping, beautiful, lyrical, with a combination of classical European and Indian influences.
  • 9:15 -The Ravel Trio (Hope Yu ’11, Jennie Kim ’13, Grace Bell ’13) played an unusual piece in a similar vein: otherworldly, sweeping.
  • 9:20 – Had to leave Session 1 before the 3rd performer in order to make Session 2. Bells are ringing… something else must be starting.
Session 2 – The Rwandans’ Visit
Reading of an original one-act written by Daneil Sauermilch ’13.
  • 9:29 – “I sit in solemn silence on a dull dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a lifelong lock…” Actors warm up outside CFA 232.
  • 9:30 – was too late to get into the film screening, so decided to fall back on beloved theater.
  • 10:05 – SO WORTH IT. Sauermilch’s play is about four Brooklynites, all self-righteous and blind in distinct but related manners. They try to have a nice evening together but end up going completely effing nuts, in the most hilarious way possible.
    Afterwards, I told an actor it reminded me of God of Carnage. Turns out, Yasmina Reza is Sauermilch’s favorite playwright. CALLED IT!
  • 10:08 – So fun.  Professors, students, non-College people mingling and listening to creative work.  [END]
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