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Creative Expression: CSI Starts New Performance Series

October 18, 2013

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Oct. 18--TWIN FALLS -- A new series of performances will showcase the talents of College of Southern Idaho's students and faculty members.

Each performance in the Stage Door Series features a different faction of the college's fine arts department, such as dance, theater and music.

They'll be one show on stage each month throughout the school year. Three shows are planned so far, with details coming later on 2014 performances.

Both performers and audience members will sit on stage during the performances, creating an intimate setting.

CSI music instructor Scott Farkas and Camille Barigar, fine arts special events coordinator, created the series.

"I think the series as a whole is a tremendous idea," said Shane Brown, a theater and English instructor at CSI.

There are a lot of talented professionals at the college and the Stage Door Series is a venue that allows for creativity, he said.

It's also an opportunity to work across disciplines, Brown said, and offer community members something different.

CSI dance instructor Cindy Jones brings her Inspirata Dance Project to the college with the premiere of "Dreams." Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23-24.

Performers are also busing refugee families to their dress rehearsal Monday, Oct. 21. Jones said she's excited to share the show with those families.

Inspirata Dance Project is a company of student and community dancers formed over the summer specifically for performances of "Dreams."

A narrative theme will take the audience through the inception of dreams, the quirky places dreams take in the subconscious and the work of making a dream a reality.

The theme of dreams threads its way throughout all three movements of the show, Jones said.

Audience members will be surprised, moved and changed by the unique show, she said. And it's designed to be a little thought provoking.

The show's first piece is about ambitions people have, which will be represented through movement.

The tone gets dark toward the end, as the topic shifts to how those dreams sometimes "disintegrate due to things outside our control," Jones said.

Video clips will be used about societies wielding power over people considered "the other," she said.

A second piece has a lighter tone.

"There's actually some comedy in that second act that we've had a lot of fun with," Jones said.

"Dreams" ends with a third piece that includes collaboration with fine artists at CSI -- art faculty member Bill West and student Paige Ward.

Company dancers will be moving during six different pieces set to poetry about different dreams.

They'll dance on a canvas taped on stage, with one color for each piece. By the end, there will be layers of color on the canvas, Jones said.

Then, West and Ward will finish the painting on stage in front of the audience.

Sonarchy Revisited

"Sonarchy Revisited," hosted by the CSI music department, is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

The idea for the performance was spurred by a recording session that four musicians -- including saxophonist and CSI music faculty member Brent Jensen -- completed in December 2012.

They went to Jack Straw Productions in Seattle to record an hour of improvised music. The recording was for a future KEXP 90.3 FM's "Sonarchy Radio" show and podcast.

The group of musicians -- dubbed BoiSea Collective -- hailed from Boise and Seattle.

A recording session atmosphere will be recreated during the "Sonarchy Revisited" performance.

The set on stage will include couches, as well as microphones that will be a non-operational prop.

"We're just trying to recreate that particular event we did," Jensen said.

Three of the musicians will come back together to perform -- Jensen, percussionist Jared Hallock and guitarist Kris Hartung. They'll be joined by Farkas.

The performance will celebrate the release of the recording of their Sonarchy Radio show.

"It's fairly out there for around here in Twin Falls," Jensen said, but added there's a whole following for this type of music in larger cities.

When he's not teaching at CSI, he spends his vacation time in the Seattle area and bought a place in Everett. He performs throughout the northwest.

Jensen has done a couple of sessions with Sonarchy Radio. Each session takes fewer than 60 minutes.

Anima

The CSI Theater Department performs "Anima" on Dec. 19.

During the multi-media performance, there will be an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the role of women in western art and literature.

The performance will address how women have been portrayed, treated and included in cultural development.

"Basically, it is another attempt to address the role of women in literature and art," Brown said. He said he doesn't have any preconception of what that's going to look like.

The next step in the process is figuring out who will be involved in creating the show.

Then, they'll poll different people to get a variety of perspectives about the role of women in art and literature.

A student will film the process and video clips will be integrated into the show in December.

Brown said he plans to write the show and hold auditions. The performance will likely include elements of dance, music, art and theater.

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