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FEBRUARY 2016
THEATER AND DANCE AT THE WILLIAMS CENTER FOR THE ARTS


Filter Theatre’s riotously fun Twelfth Night; the diverse and original BODYTRAFFIC contemporary dance company; and The Pigeoning, bunraku-style puppetry from award-winner Robin Frohardt highlight Theater, Dance and Family Series programming at the Williams Center for the Arts 
 
Filter Theatre's Twelfth Night
The Pigeoning
BODYTRAFFIC
The Pigeoning
Contact: 
Jennifer Philburn
Williams Center for the Arts
(610) 330-5027
philburj@lafayette.edu

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EASTON, PA. December 21, 2015 -- February 2016 at the Williams Center for the Arts is marked by new and newly-conceived theater and dance events, including a Family Matinee in the inaugural Family Series. On Tuesday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m., Filter Theatre, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, presents Shakespeare’s spirited comedy Twelfth Night, a fast-paced romp of mistaken identity, romantic mayhem and original music. BODYTRAFFIC, the most talked-about dance company to emerge from the West Coast, makes its Williams Center debut on Wednesday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m. with distinct and varied choreography in works by Barak Marshall, Victor Quijada and Richard Siegal. Theater and Family events continue with Robin Frohardt’s The Pigeoning, a bunraku-style theatrical about a disgruntled office worker and the pigeons with whom he reluctantly shares the city on Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Filter Theatre’s TWELFTH NIGHT
Commissioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works Festival in 2006, Filter Theatre’s boisterous and irreverent take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night lands squarely at the intersection of Classical Verse and Riotous Gig. Filter Theatre is one of Britain’s boldest, most inventive young theater ensembles. By bringing sound and music center stage, Filter illuminates Shakespeare’s text for a highly accessible, anarchic staging of a beloved comedy. With a backdrop of folk, jazz and heavy metal, this Twelfth Night is heart-pounding and melancholic, madcap and mixed-up—a testament to the enduring power of the Bard, 400 years after his death. “Rock-and-roll Shakespeare’s a blast…Filter is a company blessed with wit, style, and a touch of magic” (Daily Telegraph, UK). (Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.) This engagement of Twelfth Night is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
BODYTRAFFIC
Since its founding in 2007, the Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC has been on a mission to gather the most original, distinctive and diverse voices in the dance world, putting LA at the epicenter of contemporary dance. With such visionaries as Kyle Abraham, Barak Marshall, Hofesh Shechter and Victor Quijada on board, founders and directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman and their dancers are the instruments for some of the most inventive dance pieces of the 21st century. The program for their Williams Center debut is absorbing, thought-provoking and jubilant, and includes: Barak Marshall’s And at midnight the green bride floated through the village square… (2012), inspired by a true story and set to Jewish love songs and hymns from the Yiddish, Ladino and Yemenite traditions; Once again, before you go (2014) by Victor Quijada, founder of RUBBERBANDance Group, a seamless meditation that fuses hip-hop with the choreographic principles of ballet and modern dance; and Richard Siegal’s exhilarating O2JOY (2012), set to great American jazz standards. (Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.)
 
THE PIGEONING
Fastidious office worker Frank can’t seem to shake his own personal pigeon plague in the city, and embarks on an adventure where he learns about the divide—and the bridge—between man and nature. Recipient of the 2014 Arlyn Award for Outstanding Design in Puppet Theatre, The Pigeoning is a heartfelt, urban morality tale spun with bunraku-style puppetry, a live musical score and lo-fi special effects. An inspired theatrical event for every generation, The Pigeoning is written and directed by Robin Frohardt with music by Freddi Price. (Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. [Family Matinee] and 8:00 p.m.

TICKETS AND OTHER INFORMATION
The Williams Center for the Arts Performance Series offers increased subscription packages and new discounts this year. New Choose-Your-Own subscriptions offer 10% discount for packages of 4 events, and 15% discount for packages of 5 or more events. Groups of 15 or more receive a 15% discount. Subscription and single ticket orders may be placed online at williamscenter.lafayette.edu; mailed; faxed to 610-330-5642, or placed by phone by calling 610-330-5009. For more information call the Williams Center for the Arts at 610-330-5009, email a brochure request to williamscenter@lafayette.edu or visit the web site at williamscenter.lafayette.edu.
 
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February 2016
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February 2016
 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton St. at High St.
Lafayette College Campus
Easton, PA 
 
Theater
William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Filter Theatre, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Directed by Sean Holmes; Music by Tom Haines and Ross Hughes
 
Program:
William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, liberally edited and riotously performed by Britain’s Filter Theatre.

Tickets: $31, available through the Williams Center for the Arts ticket office, open 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and one hour prior to performance; by phone at 610-330-5009; and online at williamscenter.lafayette.edu
 


 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton St. at High St.
Lafayette College Campus
Easton, PA 
 
Dance
BODYTRAFFIC
 
Program:
And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square (2012) set to Jewish love songs and hymns; choreography by Barak Marshall
Once again, before you go (2014), music by Jasper Gahunia; choreography by Victor Quijada
O2JOY (2012) set to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller, and Oscar Peterson; choreography by Richard Siegal

Tickets: $23, available through the Williams Center for the Arts ticket office, open 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and one hour prior to performance; by phone at 610-330-5009; and online at williamscenter.lafayette.edu
 



Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2:00 p.m. (Family Matinee) & 8:00 p.m.
Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton St. at High St.
Lafayette College Campus
Easton, PA 
 
Theater & Family
The Pigeoning
Written and Directed by Robin Frohardt
Music by Freddi Price
 
Program:
Bunraku-style puppetry spins the story of office worker Frank, and looks at the divide between man and nature at a time when listening to the animals may just be our best bet.
 
Tickets: $19 adults; $6 children 16 and under, available through the Williams Center for the Arts ticket office, open 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and one hour prior to performance; by phone at 610-330-5009; and online at williamscenter.lafayette.edu

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