What does Shakespeare have to say about those on the margins of society? Those who are cast out, forgotten, pushed aside? Quite a lot, as it turns out. Through three of his most famous works, this NDSF season explores what it means to exist on the edges of an arbitrarily selective culture. read more
“Song of Granite” (2017) tells the stirring life story of one of the 20th century’s greatest proponents of traditional Irish music —Seosamh Ó hÉanaí, known locally as Joe Éinniú or Joe Heaney. The film was shown at the Browning Cinema on Thursday, March 22. The event was sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.
The Stabat Mater, which words translate from their Latin to mean “the mother stood,” descends to us today from a 13th-century poem of Italian provenance. Under likely Franciscan auspices it soon spread as a liturgical hymn that celebrates Jesus’ mother, Mary, as Our Lady of Sorrows, a title that had begun to gain popularity in the preceding century. read more
“Do they know about Martin Luther King?” This soft aside, caught by microphone above the din of a roiling crowd in Indianapolis, is the beginning of Senator Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy’s recorded address to the city’s African-American community on April 4, 1968. Then Kennedy clearly turns to face that microphone and asks, “Could you lower those signs, please? I have some very sad news for all of you and that is Martin Luther King was shot and killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.” read more
More Than a Word examines the cultural appropriation of Native American names and iconography, specifically by corporations (e.g., Washington R*dskins) and educational institutions. The efforts to remove these mascots and brand images stems, in part, from the National Congress of American Indians, which in the 1940s started organized efforts to improve depictions of Native Americans…
Donkeyote has a deeply personal touch you don’t always find in that library of films, though—and not simply because Chico Pereira focuses the film on a relative, here his uncle Manolo’s quixotic attempt to bring his beloved donkey from Spain to the U.S.A. to ride the 2200-mile Trail of Tears. There’s a warmth there one…
Like a curtain sweeping across the stage, American soprano Kiera Duffy makes it look simple to move between her careers commanding the stage and nurturing student talent in her new capacity as associate professor of the practice in Notre Dame’s Department of Music. Here Duffy shares the joys, challenges, and profound purpose of living life with music. read more
Search reviews on the work of Big Dance Theater’s piece "Cage Shuffle" and you’ll surely hit results leading with how genre-blurring or bending the performance of movement, text, and sound is. I imagine that John Cage (1912–1992), reading those reviews today, would be puzzled by our continued distraction by “what” and “why” rather than knowing that something just is. read more