Cry For Peace: Voices From The Congo (Syracuse)


When: Wednesday, September 12-24, 2012 (see below for times)

Where: Syracuse Stage

Tickets: Free of charge to any SU or ESF student, faculty and/or staff member. See detailed ticket information below.

SU Arts Engage is proud to announce the world premiere of our upcoming performance Cry For Peace: Voices From The Congo performed at Syracuse Stage. Based on in-depth interviews, Cry For Peace brings to stage five real people, including survivors and refugees from recent Congolese civil war, members of once opposing tribes- the abductor and the violated- struggling to leave the past behind and form a peaceful community in Central New York. A composition of interwoven personal narratives, powerful images and beautiful songs, Cry For Peace is a rich theatrical experience- a searing, moving, and hopeful hymn to the power of the human spirit.
From the creators of the acclaimed Tales from the Salt City, Cry For Peace touches on themes of cultural exchange, public health, cultural diplomacy and leadership, student activism, and creative process. A 25-minute talkback series featuring various speakers doing Congo related work will follow each of the 5 performances that are reserved for SU. A select number of tickets have been purchased by SU Arts Engage and are available free of charge to any SU or ESF student, faculty and/or staff member. To request tickets, call the SU Arts Engage office at 315-443-0296.

SU performance times are as follows: 
Wed. Sept. 12 - 7:30
Thurs. Sept. 13 - 7:30
Tues. Sept 18 - 7:30
Wed. Sept. 19 - 7:30
Thurs. Sept 20 - 7:30
More performance times are available here.

Cry For Peace will also perform at La Mama theater in New York City October 18-21, 2012 as part of the Undesirable Elements Festival. For more information on this event, please visit lamama.org.

Written by Ping Chong and Kyle Bass with Sara Zatz and in collaboration with the performers and the Congolese community. Directed by Ping Chong, Associate Director Kyle Bass, Dramaturg and Cultural Consultant Cyprien Mihigo. Syracuse University in association with the Congolese Community of Syracuse, Ping Chong & Company, and Syracuse Stage present the performance of Cry For Peace: Voices From The Congo.

Press: syracuse.com

Cry For Peace: Voices From The Congo (NYC)

When: Thursday, October 18-21, 2012 at 7:30

Where: LaMaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Tickets: 20$ General Admission, $15 Student/Senior

Press: NYTimes Review, NYTimes Article

Atzilut: Concert For Peace


When: Sunday, October 21, 2012, Workshop at 3pm, Performance at 4pm

Where: Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College, SU

Tickets: Free and open to the public

SU Arts Engage is excited to announce our upcoming celebration of peace captured by a musical performance put on by Atzilut: Concerts For Peace – an inspiring and harmonious 8 person band comprised of Jewish and Arabic members. Atzilut demonstrates the strong likelihood for expansive reconciliation between two conflicting cultures by creating an unconventional collaboration and amity through music. This extraordinary group delivers a well-balanced program of Jewish and Arabic music, language, and tradition, including segments of powerful duet singing for peace.  Prior to their high-energy concert at 4 pm on Sunday, October 21st in Setnor Auditorium at Syracuse University, the group will provide a principal workshop on Middle Eastern rhythms and customary percussion patterns at 3pm. This performance is free of charge and open to the public.

SU Arts Engage presents the workshop and performance of Atzilut: Concert For Peace in collaboration with InterFaith Works, SAMED (Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue), SU Judaic Studies, and SU Middle East Studies Program.

Paul Taylor Dance Company


When: Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 8pm

Where: Mulroy Civic Center Theaters, Syracuse NY

Tickets: Purchase tickets through the Civic Center Box Office or on ticketmaster

Dances: "Offenbach Overtures" and the world premiere of "To Make Crops Grow"

The Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Musical Associates of Central New York with Donald York, conductor, will present an evening of modern dance on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Crouse-Hinds Theater in the John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 800 S. State St.

The event is co-presented by Syracuse University, SU Arts Engage, and Musical Associates of CNY. The evening’s performance will include the dances “Musical Offering,” “Offenbach Overtures” and the world premiere of “To Make Crops Grow,” set to Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite.”

Tickets are $35-$60 for the general public, $25 for senior citizens and non-SU students, and $5 for groups and SU students, faculty and staff with valid I.D. Tickets may be purchased in person or by phone through the Oncenter Box Office, 315-435-2121, or online atwww.ticketmaster.com. For box office information, visit www.oncenter.org.

Established in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world's most highly respected and sought-after ensembles. Dance maker Paul Taylor H’86 first presented his choreography with five other dancers in Manhattan on May 30, 1954. That modest performance marked the beginning of nearly 60 years of unrivaled creativity, and in the decades that followed, Taylor became a cultural icon and one of history's most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2, created in 1993, have traveled the globe many times over, bringing Taylor’s ever-burgeoning repertoire to theaters and venues of every size and description in cultural capitals, on college campuses and in rural communities–and often to places modern dance had never been before. The Taylor Company has performed in more than 520 cities in 62 countries, representing the United States at arts festivals in more than 40 countries and touring extensively under the aegis of the U.S. Department of State.

As the Central New York region’s full-time professional orchestra, Musical Associates of Central New York presents musical performances, products and services that engage the community with music of all types, but especially classical music. Through the excellence of its performances and community education, this new symphony orchestra enhances the quality of life in Greater Syracuse and throughout the surrounding region.

For more information about the performance, contact SU Arts Engage at 315-443-0296 or SUartspresenter@syr.edu.

Press Release By Erica Blust

Ra Ra Riot


When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 8pm

Where: Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College, SU

Tickets: $10.00 for General Admission with pre-sale available at Schine Box Office; $12.00 at the door

For most events, free and accessible parking is available on campus in the Q1 lot, conveniently located behind Crouse College. Additional parking is available in the Irving Garage. Campus parking availability is subject to change.

Watch live streaming of this concert here.

Ra Ra Riot, an indie rock band featuring Syracuse University graduates, will be performing at Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College on November 14, 2012 at 8pm; doors will open at 7pm.

Ra Ra Riot is a group who skillfully melds elements of new wave and classic indie with sweeping orchestral chamber pop. Their sound is epic, eloquent, dramatic, and graceful. Their last album, The Orchard, was released in 2010 by Barsuk Records.  This album garnered them a nomination for The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the pop rock category. Founded in the winter of 2006 in Syracuse, Ra Ra Riot has played at large festivals such as Lollapalooza, and Coachella and at conferences nationwide, such as CMJ and SWSX.

Ra Ra Riot’s return to the Syracuse area marks a home coming for the group. The group has not played in the area since the spring of 2011, when their show at the Westcott Theater sold out.

Setnor Auditorium, in historic Crouse College, is both stunningly beautiful and acoustically warm and pleasant. There has not been a rock show of any sort in this venue, for many years.

Internationally renowned quartet Wired Strings will join Ra Ra Riot on stage for much of the concert. Wired strings has toured or recorded with the likes of Adele, Nas, F.U.N, Jay-Z, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Lana Del Ray, Leona Lewis, The Script, and Pink. These talented musicians will bring a dynamically unique edge to Ra Ra Riot’s performance.

This unique concert event is part of the four day Ra Ra Riot Residency that week. Members of Ra Ra Riot and their management and technical team will participate in numerous classes in the Setnor School of Music.

Marshall Street Records, Syracuse University Recordings, The College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Syracuse University Arts Engage invite you to join them in welcoming home Ra Ra Riot. Ticket presale for SU Students and Staff will begin on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11 am at the Schine box office at Syracuse University for $10. General public sales start on Thursday, October 25th at 11am at the Schine Box Office for $10 as well. Unsold tickets, if any, will be available at the door day of show for $12. All tickets are General Admission.  To order on line, visit  http://boxoffice.syr.edu.

If you would like more information on Ra Ra Riot performing at Setnor Auditorium, Please contact the show’s publicity liaison Meah Pollock at  (401) 206-2218 or mpollock@syr.edu.

Kronos Quartet

krono welcome

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Workshop Performance at 7:30pm

Where: The Oncenter Carrier Theater

Tickets: Free and open to the public

Rochester City Ballet Residency


When: Sunday-Saturday, February 17-23, 2013

Workshop Performance on Saturday, February 23

Where: Manlius Pebble Hill School

Meryl Tankard Residency


When: Monday-Saturday, February 18-23, 2013

Workshop performance on Saturday, February 23

Where: Manlius Pebble Hill School

Dance Migration


When: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:30pm.

Where: BeVard Studio at the OnCenter

Tickets: Free of charge. No ticket required.

In collaboration with Ray Smith symposium "Moving Borders"

The Dance Migration is Toronto's leading Afro-Brazilian dance company. Company director Adrianna Yanuziello brings the culture of dance from Brazil to her home city of Toronto with exhilarating performances combining Afro-Brazilian dance, Capoeira, and contemporary Silvestre technique. Yanuziello has trained with Rosangela Silvestre of Silvestre Link and Nildinha Fonseca of Bale Folclorico da Bahia. She has performed in the 2007 Carnival with world renowned band Olodum, and in Silvestre performances at Bahia's Teatro Villa Velha and in the famous city centre's Teatro SESC. As part of our "movement" cluster, this dance troupe's performance and workshop will illustrate the kinds of cross-border movements and displacements discussed in the lectures. The Dance Migration will also partner with Samba Laranja, the SU Brazilian Ensemble, during their evening performance.

John Prendergast


University Lecture

When: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:30pm.

Where: Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University.

Tickets: Free of charge. No ticket required.

In September 2012, five people from the Congo—survivors and refugees from the Congolese civil war—captivated audiences at Syracuse Stage with their searing portrayals of their struggles to leave the past behind and form a new, peaceful community in Central New York.

The world premiere of “Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo,” a work commissioned by SU’s Arts Engage and written by pre-eminent playwrights Ping Chong (the fall 2012 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Collaborator in the SU Humanities Center) and Kyle Bass, with Sara Zatz, began conversations and built hope and empathy across national boundaries and borders.

The conversation will continue with a presentation by human rights activist and best-selling author John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel. He will speak on “Cry for Peace: What Individuals Can Do to Save Lives in the Congo.”

The event, sponsored by SU Arts Engage, is free and open to the public. Communication Access Real Time (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available. Reduced-rate parking will be available in Irving Garage. For more information, contact SU Arts Engage at 315-443-0296.

"'Cry for Peace' ignited a desire for change in many of our students, and Prendergast's work will continue this ongoing dialogue about creating peace and reconciliation in the Congo and Sudan,” says University Arts Presenter Carole Brzozowski. “We hope students will walk away from his lecture reinvigorated with the knowledge that individuals can truly impact the larger conflicts in our world in positive ways.”

SU Arts Engage continues to endorse projects that help raise awareness, including the One Million Bones Project hosted by the Community Folk Art Center in fall 2012.

Prendergast has worked for peace in Africa for more than 25 years. He co-founded the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity affiliated with the Center for American Progress in early 2007. According to the organization’s website, the Enough Project “fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity, focused on areas where some of the world’s worst atrocities occur. We get the facts on the ground, use rigorous analysis to determine the most sustainable solutions, influence political leaders to adopt our proposals and mobilize the American public to demand change.”

Under the Enough Project umbrella, Prendergast has helped create a number of initiatives and campaigns. With actor George Clooney, he helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery.  With Tracy McGrady and other NBA stars, he co-founded the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program to fund schools in Darfurian refugee camps and create partnerships with schools in the United States. He helped launch two campaigns under Enough: the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign, highlighting the issue of conflict minerals that fuel the war there, and Sudan Now, focused on bringing peace to that embattled country.

Prendergast has worked for the White House during the administration of President Bill Clinton, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace.  He has been a Big Brother for more than 25 years, as well as a youth counselor and a basketball coach.

He is the author or co-author of 10 books.  His newest book, “Unlikely Brothers” (Crown, 2012) is a dual memoir co-authored with his first little brother in the Big Brother program. His previous two books were co-authored with actor and human rights activist Don Cheadle: “Not On Our Watch” (Hyperion, 2007), a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year, and “The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes” (Crown, 2010).

Prendergast has appeared on “60 Minutes” and helped create African characters and stories for two episodes of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” one focusing on the recruitment of child soldiers and the other on rape as a war strategy. He has also traveled to Africa with NBC’s “Dateline,” ABC’s “Nightline,” PBS “NewsHour,” CNN’s “Inside Africa,” Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and The New York Times Magazine. He has appeared in several documentaries and been profiled in numerous prominent publications.

Prendergast has been a visiting professor at Albright College, Yale Law School, Temple University, Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of San Diego, the University of Pittsburgh, St. Mary’s College and University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He has been awarded six honorary doctorates, and is a board member and strategic advisor to Not On Our Watch, the human rights organization founded by Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman and Jerry Weintraub.

Press Release By Kelly Homan Rodoski

Meryl Tankard's The Oracle


When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7:30pm

Where: Goldstein Auditorium, SU

Tickets: $20 General, $10 Seniors, $5 SU Students. All tickets can be purchased by calling the Schine Student Center Box Office at 315-443-4517. General Tickets can also be purchased online here.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s searing 1913 ballet score “The Rite of Spring,” Syracuse University Arts Engage will present “The Oracle,” conceived and directed by prominent Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard, on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium in the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center.

The performance is part of a national tour of “The Oracle,” after premiering in the United States in early February in New Jersey and New York. The project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Tickets for the SU performance are $20 for the general public, $10 for seniors and $5 for SU students with valid I.D., and may be purchased at the Schine Box Office, 315-443-4517. Call Arts Engage at 315-443-0296 or visit www.artsengage.syr.edu for more information on tickets.

Please note: The performance does contain a few brief moments of nudity.

The performance features Australian dancer Paul White, who co-choreographed the piece with Tankard. The video and set designer is Régis Lansac.

Tankard, White and Lansac participated in a residency at SU Feb. 18-23, where they engaged a group of interdisciplinary students to work in teams to re-envision “Rite of Spring.” At the conclusion of the week, the independent team pieces were put together and performed on Feb. 23.

Visit www.meryltankard.com to learn more about Tankard and her work.

In a February interview with the Huffington Post, White said “The Oracle” is “about the forces of nature, man’s strengths and vulnerabilities. It’s about the ‘Oracle’ foreseeing inevitable futures and about the sacredness of the earth.

“The public revolted against the original work, yet so many years later we see the huge influence the piece has had on history,” White says. “For me, dancing the piece is an offering in homage to the history that spawned from (Vaslav) Nijinsky’s original work.” The full text of White’s interview and performance photos can be found at www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/05/choreographer-paul-white-dancer-interview-the-oracle_n_2616081.html.

National Public Radio’s Performance Today identified “Rite of Spring” as one of its “Milestones of the Millennium.”

“Almost no musical work has had such a powerful influence or evoked as much controversy as Igor Stravinsky's ballet score ‘The Rite of Spring.’ The work's premiere on May 29, 1913, at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, was scandalous,” according to NPR. “In addition to the outrageous costumes, unusual choreography and bizarre story of pagan sacrifice, Stravinsky's musical innovations tested the patience of the audience to the fullest.”

Tankard’s “The Oracle” revisions “The Rite of Spring”—in new directions, and for 21st-century audiences.

Press Release By Kelly Homan Rodoski

The Harlem Quartet


When: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7:30pm

Where: Setnor Auditorium, SU

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Seniors, and free for all students and SU faculty/staff. Tickets may be purchased at the door

Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music and Syracuse University Arts Engage, with support from CNY Arts, will present the Grammy-nominated Harlem Quartet on Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College.

The Harlem Quartet is a string quartet with a difference. They've played the classics with such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman and Misha Dichter and performed with jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton with equal ease.

Their engaging personalities have earned them invitations to perform for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House, and to appear on Christmas morning on the "Today Show."

Their widely appealing Syracuse program will include string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven as well as Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and free for all students and SU faculty/staff. Tickets may be purchased at the door. This concert is not included on SFCM subscription series.

For more information, contact SU Arts Engage at 315-443-0296.

Press Release By Kelly Homan Rodoski



 When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7:00pm

Where: Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University

Tickets: Free of charge. No ticket required.

Hip-hop artist and social activist Invincible will perform on Tuesday, April 23, in Hendricks Chapel.

Members of Nhu Rho Poetic Society and Verbal Blend will open the show at 7 p.m., and Invincible will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Irving Garage for $5 on the evening of the performance. Disabled parking must be arranged in advance through Carol Fadda Conrey at 395-1693.

The event is co-sponsored by The College of Arts and Sciences, LGBT Resource Center, LGBT Studies, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Middle East Studies Program, SU Arts Engage, Department of English, Cultural Foundations of Education, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Imagining America.

Invincible's spitfire wordplay has received acclaim from fans all across the world, while their active involvement in progressive social change has taken their music beyond entertainment toward actualizing the change they wish to see.

As a co-founder of Emergence Media, they released their debut album “Shape Shifters” (2008) and produced such award-winning videos as “The Revival” (2009) about women in hip-hop and “Locusts” (2008), exploring displacement and gentrification in their hometown of Detroit. A sampling of music can be seen at emergencemedia.org/epkv2.

Invincible has performed on stages and in clubs, community centers, campuses, pride celebrations and festivals around the world for over a decade, both as a solo artist and featured as part of the anti-misogyny hip-hop collective Anomolies. They teamed up with longtime music producer and filmmaker Waajeed in 2010 to release a limited-edition single "Detroit Summer/Emergence."

Invincible is a fellow of Kresge Arts in Detroit, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women and Gender in the Arts and Media. In addition to their work as a performing artist, for the last decade Invincible has worked with Detroit Summer, a multiracial, intergenerational collective in Detroit that is transforming communities through youth facilitative leadership, creativity and collective action. Invincible is also the co-coordinator and co-founder of the Detroit Future Youth network to support social justice and media-based youth projects throughout the city.

Invincible is currently working with Waajeed and visual artist Wesley Taylor on Complex Movements, an interactive multimedia installation-based hip-hop collective exploring the relationship between complex sciences and social justice movements.

Press Release By Kelly Homan Rodoski