The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that it is collaborating with students from the University of Maryland and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts on a Shakespeare classic.
A new interpretation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” performed in Chinese and English, will premiere in College Park in September, from Sept. 27 to 30. “They wanted to do Shakespeare because they thought Shakespeare spoke across cultures,” said Susie Farr, the center’s executive director. The Maryland students are from the theatre, dance and performance studies programs and will also stage the play in China.
The 2012-2013 season features a number of collaborations, global outreach and evenings about the impact of the performing arts, told through a range of stories.
The season opens Sept. 8 with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, making its first appearance at the center.
In the spring, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and SITI Company’s Anne Bogart will imagine hearing Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” for the very first time 100 years ago. That’s set for Feb. 8 and 9.
The intersection between the school’s institutions and the performing artists will be underscored when David Driskell, the artist who has a visual arts center on campus, interviews Branford Marsalis on Feb. 15. They will talk about jazz and art before Marsalis and his Quartet give a concert.
Laurie Anderson, the performance artist who drew sold-out audiences last season, is returning Feb. 1 and 2 to perform the world premiere of a commissioned work with the Kronos Quartet.
Not only does the center aim to educate the public and students about new materials, it also includes the students in the performance. One evening on April 4 will feature a graduate quintet with the Windscape Quintet performing new interpretations of Bach and Dvorak. Also on March 8, a wind ensemble from the School of Music will perform with the “eighth blackbird,” a sextet that will perform Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Double Sextet.”
“We have a belief that process at a research university is just as important as the product,” said Farr.
Anthony de Mare will continue his performances of piano solos based on the work of composer Stephen Sondheim on Sept. 21. Brad Mehldau, the jazz pianist, and Chris Thile, the bluegrass mandolinist, are scheduled for a joint concert April 12.