‘Lucent’ Concert April 7 to Include Special Celebration for Jolie Long Carlton

Immediately after the Department of Dance’s Saturday’s evening “Lucent” Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Hosch Theatre, there will be a ceremony honoring Jolie Long Carlton, professor and former chair of the Department of Dance. Jolie is retiring from Brenau after 20 years of dedicated service to the university and Department of Dance to focus on her health. Jolie’s husband and family will be in attendance on April 7, and Jolie herself is planning to attend the concert if she is well enough.

If Jolie is not well enough to attend the concert as she hopes to, in addition to the ceremony, the department plans to create a special video with a candid recording of the dancers and audience sending a special message to Jolie.

We hope to see you on Saturday in celebration of Professor Carlton and our senior choreographers!

“Lucent” is the Senior Thesis, Faculty and Guest Artist Concert and will run Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7, in Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 5-7, as well as a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $7 general admission; $5 for seniors, children under 12, college students and Brenau alumni with valid ID; free for Brenau faculty staff, and students with ID.

For more information, call 770-538-4764 or email danceinfo@brenau.edu.

April History Center Events: Family Day on Sunday, April 8, and Forum on Tuesday, April 10

The Northeast Georgia History Center will host two events next week: “Family Day: The Plow and the Poet” on Sunday, April 8, and “Forum: Reel History” on Tuesday, April 10.

For National Poetry Month, the History Center will celebrate the life and world of North Georgia poet Byron Herbert Reece. On Sunday, April 8, join the History Center for its final Family Day of the semester, which will include living history interpretation of daily farm life of the 1930s and ’40s in the cabin and blacksmith shop, hands-on activities in the History Center, and a museum theatre performance of the works of Reece, the man who considered himself “a farmer first, and a writer second.”

Family Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

During next Tuesday’s Forum on April 10, join the History Center in exploring “Reel History.” The History Center will show clips from multiple movies that you already know and love, as well as discuss how historically accurate these movies are (or aren’t!) and how they’ve shaped our sense of memory. Free popcorn will be provided, but bring your own beverage.

The Forum will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and $3 for non-members. History Center forums are scheduled through June on the second Tuesday of each month.

For more information on these events, call 770-297-5900, email historycenter@brenau.edu, or visit negahc.org.

Fourth Annual Occupation Haiku Contest

To celebrate National Occupational Therapy Month and National Poetry Month, the School of Occupational Therapy and the Department of Humanities are hosting the fourth annual Occupation Haiku Contest. Entries are encouraged from all members of the Brenau community.

Use the traditional 5-7-5 syllable verse form of the haiku to capture a moment of human occupation and/or daily life and suggest its significance.

The first prize entrant receives $50, second prize is $30 and third prize receives $20. Each entrant may win only one prize. Only students may win cash prizes; faculty/staff winners will receive honorable mention. Dr. Betty Hasselkus, internationally known occupational therapy and science scholar, will judge the entries along with Drs. Sandy Brim and Kathryn Locey.

Submit your haiku in the body of a single email (no attachments, please). Send up to three haiku to ceggerding@brenau.edu with the subject line “Occupation Haiku Contest.”

The deadline to enter is Thursday, April 12. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m.

A celebration and reading will be held Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. in the Library Quiet Zone.

Learn morefrom the Occupation Haiku Contest 2018 flyer (PDF).

Stage Tour of GTA’s “The Odyssey” Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m.

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance will present a stage tour for its upcoming production of “The Odyssey” at 6 p.m. on March 27 in the University of North Georgia’s Ed Cabell Theatre. The stage tour is free and open to the public.

For more information on the stage tour or the upcoming performance, call 678-717-3624 or visit www.gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org.

$5 Tickets to Gainesville Ballet Company “Frozen” March 23-25

Brenau University students, faculty and staff with a valid ID are eligible for $5 tickets to this weekend’s Gainesville Ballet “Frozen and Repertory Works” concert.

Celebrating 49 years of dance in Gainesville and Northeast Georgia, the Gainesville Ballet Company presents “Frozen” Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25. Choreographed by award-winning choreographer Kassandra Taylor-Newberry, this is a visual feast that will delight audiences of all ages. GBC will also present original repertory works by renowned guest choreographers.

Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. $5 tickets (with a valid Brenau ID) may be purchased 30 minutes before each show at the box office table set up in Pearce.

For information and tickets: gainesvilleballet.org, gbcboxoffice@gmail.com, 770-532-4241.

Georgia Poetry Circuit Reading Wednesday, March 28, 12:30 p.m.

The Georgia Poetry Circuit will present its final poetry reading for the academic year with poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil on Wednesday, March 28, in the Trustee Library Quiet Zone at 12:30 p.m.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish (2011); At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), winner of Balcones Prize; and Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award and the Global Filipino Award. Her most recent collection is Lace and Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems written in collaboration with poet Ross Gay, and her collection of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonder, will be published in 2018. Her poetry has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Boatwright Prize from Shenendoah and the Richard Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest, and it appears in a wide range of literary journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Tin House and the Best American Poetry Series. Nezhukumatathil is the editor of Orion magazine and a professor in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi.

The reading is free and is open to all Brenau faculty, staff, students and community members.

Gainesville Ballet Company Presents “Frozen and Repertory Works” March 23-25

Celebrating 49 years of dance in Gainesville and Northeast Georgia, the Gainesville Ballet Company presents “Frozen” Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25. Choreographed by award-winning choreographer Kassandra Taylor-Newberry, this is a visual feast that will delight audiences of all ages. GBC will also present original repertory works by renowned guest choreographers.

Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For information and tickets: gainesvilleballet.org, gbcboxoffice@gmail.com, 770-532-4241.

Solange Lord’s Senior Recital Friday, March 23

This Friday, March 23, senior music major Solange Lord will perform her senior recital at 7:30 p.m. in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts atrium. Solange, soprano, will perform selections featuring music by Richard Strauss, Verdi, and H.T. Burleigh.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Department of Dance Named First-Runner Up for National College Dance Festival

Students in black dance clothing against a black backdrop

Dance majors get ready to perform at the ACDA Conference in Hartsville, South Carolina in March 2018.

The Brenau University Department of Dance participated with great success in the American College Dance Association Conference hosted by Coker College March 1-5.

Group of students with faculty member in lobby.
Dance majors with Interim Chair of Dance Madia Cooper at the 2018 ACDA Conference.

Interim Chair of Dance Madia Cooper-Ashirifi and 13 dancers traveled to Hartsville, South Carolina, for the conference, which included more than 10 universities from the Southeast that shared dance works informally and in adjudicated – or judged – performances.

Most notably, the Brenau dancers’ performance of guest artist Kassandra Taylor Newberry’s piece “Ah … I See” was selected out of 44 dances to be performed in the final gala concert at ACDA. Only 10 pieces are chosen to be performed in the gala concert. The conference adjudicators remarked that the piece is “an infinitely fascinating and surprising dance powered by unexpected rhythmic variations and a syncopated and unique vocabulary expertly rendered by the laser-focused ensemble.”

The piece was also chosen as the first runner-up to show at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in the National College Dance Festival in June. As first alternate, Brenau will perform in the National College Dance Festival as the first choice if one of the two invited schools cannot perform. In either case, Brenau and the piece will be highlighted in the National Festival program.

Both remarkable accomplishments are firsts in the Department of Dance’s history since attending ACDA for the past 10 years.

Additionally, senior Nia Byrd’s work “Ennui” was given great feedback and insight from adjudicators and was very well received by peers and colleagues. The Brenau performance of guest artist Juel Lane’s work “The Willingness to Try” shown in the informal concert was also very well received.

Vocal Chamber Ensemble Concert Tuesday, March 13

The Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble performs their concert "There Is Sweet Music" in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Brenau Vocal Chamber Ensemble performs their concert "There Is Sweet Music" in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

On Tuesday, March 13, the Vocal Chamber Ensemble, directed by Bobby Ivey, will present a program of choral music promoting harmony and peace in its concert “Building Bridges: Songs of Peace.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts atrium.

The concert is free and open to the public.