We’d like to introduce you to the Outside the Box Theater Series at the Center for the Arts. This weekend’s production, Dan Hurlin’s Disfarmer blends innovative puppetry, projections, choreography and an original score to have you enter into the world of photographer, Mike Disfarmer (his work is on display at the Zilkha Gallery). It is truly groundbreaking in the media and disciplines it combines, and I want to invite you to come as my guest (tickets subject to availability).
Best, Pamela Tatge, Director, CFA
The Center for the Arts and Theater Department Present
(Every Day Uses for Sight No. 6: Disfarmer)Moving, poignant and occasionally hilarious, “Disfarmer” is a wonder. –VarietyConceived and directed by Dan Hurlin
Original music by Dan Moses Schreier
Text by Sally Oswald
A Limited Number of Free Tickets are Available to First Year Students!
When: Friday & Saturday, October 16 & 17, 8pm Where: CFA Theater
What: Disfarmer, which premiered in January 2009 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, is a puppet theater work inspired by the life of American portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959). Disfarmer operated a photography studio in Heber Springs, Arkansas, where for years locals and tourists lined up to have their pictures made. Disfarmer left his subjects to decide for themselves how to act in front of his lens. When they were discovered in the 1970s, Disfarmer’s photographs were acknowledged as a stunning achievement for their exquisite artistry, their profound empathy for their subjects and their invaluable documentation of a way of life that has all but vanished from the United States.
The production features the American style of “tabletop” puppetry; projections of Disfarmer’s photographs and images produced by old optical techniques; and a sound score with haunting music from antique recording technologies, re-contextualized and mixed with modern sampling techniques.
To see video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdTx59K9BC0
Admission: A limited number of free tickets are available to First-Year Students. They must be picked up in advance at the University Box Office in the Usdan Center by 4:30pm on Friday, Oct. 16. Tickets may not be available at the door.
For more venue information and tickets: Call 860-685-3355 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
To read about related photo exhibition and film screening, visit: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/disfarmer/