Saturday, September 27, 2014
A workshop in the theatrical jazz aesthetic with Daniel Alexander Jones.
The term “theatrical jazz aesthetic” was first used by playwright Aishah Rahman, who described the approach to making work as one utilizing core ideas from the world of jazz, without necessarily being contingent upon the presence of the music itself in the work. Scholar/artist, Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones identified a central organizing principle of the work to be the creation of rigorous work which feeds the creation of embodied community. The aesthetic has roots in the multivalent projects of artists like Rahman, Ntozake Shange, Laurie Carlos, and Robbie McCauley, and is evident in work by contemporary theatre artists including Sharon Bridgforth, Roger Guenveur Smith, Erik Ehn, Sonja Parks, Virginia Grise and Daniel Alexander Jones, among others. Vitality, presence, improvisation, rigorous structure and a care for individual and collective human well being are all key aspects.
Using filmed performances by Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln as points of departure, Jones will outline the central tenets of the theatrical jazz aesthetic, then lead participants through a guided workshop teaching three of them practically over the course of the weekend. We will explore how writers/performers can open up layers of resonance in their work, and challenge themselves to think of the work from multiple perspectives simultaneously. Writers and performers are each requested to bring a short piece to share and work on (for writers, a short piece of text or an excerpt; for performers a short piece of solo work or a monologue – each should be no more than 3 minutes in length). The work demands an open heart, curiosity and a willingness to play. Wear loose clothing and bring writing materials.
This workshop is a two-day commitment - students must attend both days. Space is limited and open to Oxy students only. Priority will be given to Theater majors and minors. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Oxy ID#, major/minor and year in school if you are interested. Please include a very brief statement (1-2 sentences) about your interest in this workshop.
September 27, 2014, 11am to 4:30pm (with a break for lunch)
September 28, 2014, 11am to 2pm
Daniel will be performing JOMAMA JONES * RADIATE in Thorne Hall on (we have a limited number of FREE tickets for Oxy students - contact email@example.com for more info). He will also be giving a talk, An Integrator's Manual, in Lower Herrick on and visiting several classes while here at Oxy.
Daniel Alexander Jones is the Theater Department's G. William Hume Fellow, with additional sponsorship from the Politics Department and ICC.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
E Ola Ka 'Ōlelo Hawai'i: The Intersection of Hawaiian Language and Emancipation
A lecture by Hawaiian linguist Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier
Occidental College welcomes the esteemed Hawaiian linguist Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier for a lecture on the Hawaiian language and emancipation. Dr. Nogelmeier's lecture will be followed by a workshop on the Hawaiian Language Newspapers database.
Dr. Nogelmeier is a Professor at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where he is on the faculty of the Kawaihuelani Hawaiian Language Program, part of the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Dr. Nogelmeier's teaching focus is on Hawaiian language, literature, and history, and his research focuses on the repository of Hawaiian writings, published and unpublished
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Sunday, September 28, 2014
(Transportation to and from Oxy provided)
The UCLA Labor Center celebrates labor campaigns and young workers' rights around Los Angeles. Live music, food trucks, and many opportunities to connect with different activists.
For more information and to sign up for off campus events, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Offered as part of Social Action Week.