Fandango for Butterflies (And Coyotes) at Clarice Smith, Oct 7-8, In person

Fandango for Butterflies (And Coyotes) at Clarice Smith, Oct 7-8, In person

Fandango for Butterflies (And Coyotes) (USA)
October 7 & 8, 2021 . 8PM
Thu, Oct 7, 2021 . 08:00PM to 10:00PM
Fri, Oct 8, 2021 . 08:00PM to 10:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In person, outdoors.

“El fandango emigró, y yo emigré con el fandango.” Immigrants from Mexico, Honduras and the Dominican Republic living in New York City without “papeles” band together inside a community sanctuary for a fandango—a celebration brought to life by live music, dance and performance. They shelter-in-place as they wait for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids to pass and for a family member making the dangerous trek to the U.S. As the fandango plays on, fear and anxiety sink in—fear of family separation, fear of having made the wrong decision and fear for those making the perilous journey across the border. But as threats loom dangerously close, strangers become family, fear becomes strength and sorrow becomes joy.

Conceived by Chilean-Costa Rican playwright Andrea Thome in partnership with En Garde Arts, Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) was shaped by the unheard voices of many undocumented immigrants. While at The Clarice in 2021-22, artists from the ensemble will host a dinner conversation with UndocuTerps, a student organization that supports immigrant and undocumented student life at the University of Maryland. By bringing to life true stories that transcend social boundaries, En Garde Arts produces bold experiences that break barriers and inspire audiences and creatives alike, including School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and School of Music students and College Park Scholars, who will continue experiencing the company’s work up-close this season in workshops and lectures, just as they did in the 2020-21 season. In 2021-22, the company will also perform a live fandango for families in Langley Park, Maryland, as part of The Clarice’s popular Family Art Day series.

This event will be performed in The Clarice Courtyard, the lawn area behind The Clarice. The artists will be on an outdoor stage, and chairs will be provided for the audience. Audience members are invited to use the front entrance of The Clarice, and can then find the courtyard by traveling up the grand staircase or taking the elevator to Floor 2. Ushers will be present to assist you and answer questions. Based on current UMD campus guidelines and Prince George’s County guidelines for outdoor events, the artists will not wear masks during the performance. The audience will also not be required to wear masks while seated during the performance. These guidelines are subject to change, and you will receive the most up to date COVID-19 Health and Safety rules in an email prior to your event.

Health + Safety: There may be COVID safety policies such as mask requirements in place when you attend this event. Please see our health & safety page for the most up to date information about attendance!

Tickets: Pay what you wish, suggested price: $20 Regular, $10 Student. Click here.

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran at Clarice Smith, Sep 30 & Oct 1, Online

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran at Clarice Smith, Sep 30 & Oct 1, Online

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran

September 30 – October 1, 2021 . 7PM
Thu, Sep 30, 2021 . 07:00PM to 08:00PM
Fri, Oct 1, 2021 . 07:00PM to 08:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online.

Around the world, the gap between rich and poor continues to widen. Images of the children of the elite and of post-colonial dictatorships often feature cash and seaside holidays while the working population suffers under sanctions and dictatorships. In this virtual presentation, The Javaad Alipoor Company’s Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran explores entitlement and greedy consumption, as well as the role of digital technology, in creating this new apartheid and gentrification. As the performance is completely live streamed, audiences can access the performance from the comfort of their own homes with a supplemental experience on Instagram that is not required, but highly recommended!

Always taking stories beyond the stage through powerful multi-platform creations, The Javaad Alipoor Company explores the intersection of politics and technology in our ever-changing world. The company is devoted to creating works for diverse audiences and communities, and their 2021-22 virtual visit with The Clarice will include an Arts Citizenship Talk (ACTnow), visits to the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and a dynamic partnership with UMD’s Roshan Institute for Persian Studies. In 2017, the company began writing a trilogy that highlights society’s fracturing identities and technology’s impact on the world; Rich Kids is the second installment.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, suggested price: $20 Regular, $10 Student. Click here.

ACTnow Activist Theater at Clarice Smith, Sep 30, Online

ACTnow Activist Theater at Clarice Smith, Sep 30, Online

ACTnow with Javaad Alipoor & Roshan Institute for Persian Studies
Activist Theater

Thursday, September 30, 2021 . 5:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online.

From themes of racial violence and cultural appropriation to multiculturalism and gender equality, the work of The Clarice’s artists is complex, provocative and deeply sensitive. Arts Citizenship Talks (ACTnow) are opportunities to hear from these artists about the issues reflected in their works. These conversations are an invitation to act now!

In the first ACTnow of the 2021-22 season, The Clarice partners with UMD’s Roshan Institute for Persian Studies to host theater artist and activist Javaad Alipoor. Javaad will discuss how converting his plays into virtual multimedia works has helped to accomplish his activist vision and practice. Moderated by Roshan Institute Director Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz and featuring Dr. Marjan Moosavi, Roshan lecturer in Persian studies and performing arts, this talk will be followed by a showing of Javaad’s play Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran.

Tickets: free, registration recommended. Click here.

NextNow Fest 2021: Where Creativity and Community Converge at Clarice Smith, Sep 13-19, In Person

NextNow Fest 2021: Where Creativity and Community Converge at Clarice Smith, Sep 13-19, In Person

NextNOW Fest 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021 – Sunday, September 19, 2021

Mon, Sep 13, 2021 . 04:00PM to 07:30PM
Tue, Sep 14, 2021 . 05:00PM to 09:00PM
Wed, Sep 15, 2021 . 01:00PM to 05:00PM
Thu, Sep 16, 2021 . 11:00AM to 05:00PM
Thu, Sep 16, 2021 . 06:30PM to 08:00PM
Fri, Sep 17, 2021 . 11:00AM to 05:00PM
Fri, Sep 17, 2021 . 06:00PM to 11:45PM
Sat, Sep 18, 2021 . 06:00PM to 11:45PM
Sun, Sep 19, 2021 . 11:00AM to 03:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In Person.

The Clarice’s NextNOW Fest is an inspiring arts experience that celebrates imagination, creativity and community. By amplifying the voices of intriguing, inventive artists from around campus and our community, NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art transforms our future and (re)connects us all.

NextNOW Fest is a signature event in University of Maryland’s new Arts for All initiative, which leverages the combined power of the arts, technology and social justice to address the grand challenges of our time. In addition to our traditional student, academic and touring arts lineup at The Clarice on Sep 17 and 18, we’re thrilled to forge new partnerships with more student-led groups, academic departments and community organizations to expand the festival to seven days at sites throughout campus and into College Park!

To register, click “Add to Cart” on the 2021 NextNOW Fest Registration item and follow check-out instructions. All events are free, but some will be ticketed.

To view the festival schedule and to register, visit: https://theclarice.umd.edu/events/2021/nextnow-fest-2021

Opera New Work Reading: Sunder at Clarice Smith, Aug 27, In-person

Opera New Work Reading: Sunder at Clarice Smith, Aug 27, In-person

Opera New Work Reading: Sunder
Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, August 27, 2021 . 7:30PM

Fri, Aug 27, 2021 . 07:30PM to 09:00PM

Nailah Nombeko, composer
Alicia Haymer, librettist
Amanda Consol, stage director
Jonathan King, music director

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In person, general admission

Co-produced with Annapolis Opera, the University of Maryland School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio presents the rescheduled performance of last season’s New Work Reading: Sunder.

Heartfelt chants ring out in a southern small town that’s had enough of the police criminalizing the poor. White protestors have occupied space downtown in the People’s Plaza, fighting for the freedom of homeless Black people who have been arrested for petty crimes, and given astronomical bail. Turmoil threatens to come between two close friends at the helm of the movement, as the protestors decide if they should remain peaceful, or amp up their efforts with force. In the midst is a Black police officer, who struggles to find his authenticity in a hotbed of justice, race and morality. What will become of a movement, once mighty, that loses its way because of a need for power?

Watch this behind-the-scenes preview film that was produced during the Spring 2021 semester.

Tickets: free, registration recommended. Click here.