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The Bard and the Father of Modern Science. They were the superstars of their day. Literal Renaissance men whose words and ideas continue to shape our ideas on art and the universe.

Join us for a year-long celebration of William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei on the 450th anniversary of their births.

It's such stuff dreams are made on.

About the Project

The "Globe and the Cosmos" series originated with Peter Alexander, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Alexander was looking for a collaborative project to bring together diverse talents and expertise from across the UNCG campus. Envisioning a unique project with a breadth that would challenge the intellect and stimulate the imagination, he reached out to Timothy Johnston and Jerry Pubantz, deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Lloyd International Honors College, to realize that vision.

"The Globe and the Cosmos" will bring several renowned artists and lecturers to the UNCG campus: Composer Philip Glass, who wrote an opera about Galileo. Dava Sobel, author of "Galileo's Daughter." Science historian John Heilbron. Russ McDonald, professor of Renaissance literature and Shakespearean scholar. Theatre Gigante, whose performance of "My Dear Othello" will fuse drama, dance and music.

And UNCG's homegrown talent is poised to shine as well. UNCG Opera Theatre will perform Glass' "Galileo Galilei." UNCG Theatre will stage Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Dance professor Janet Lilly will perform with Theatre Gigante. The Weatherspoon Art Museum will feature "Skyward," an exhibition of artists who, like Galileo, are fascinated by celestial observation.

Set your sights on the stars as art and science, beauty and truth, come together at UNCG.

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Acclaim for Theatre Gigante's "My Dear Othello"

A certain surrealism makes it possible to be both sparse and dense in the same moment. "My Dear Othello" debuted at UNCG's dance theater last weekend, an ambitious production by Milwaukie-based Theatre Gigante. Co-created by Slovenian-trained Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson, this rather unclassifiable work of "dance-theatre" took on two of the holiest cows of global theatre history at once – Shakespeare and the classical Japanese medieval dramatic forms.

[Read the full review from Avant Greensboro]

[Read another review from the Milwaukee Journal Sentine]

A glorious concert, "Shakespeare: East and West"

Many events in UNCG's "Globe and Cosmos" series will be big.

In sheer volume of performers on stage, this will be among the biggest.

The concert titled "Shakespeare: East and West" will feature the UNCG Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs on Sunday, October 5, 3:30 p.m. in UNCG Auditorium.

It will combine 170 singers, five soloists and the entire Symphony to present two pieces inspired by Shakespeare, as well as "The Here and Now" by Christopher Theofanidis, based on texts by the Persian mystic Rumi, known as the "Shakespeare of the East." Connecting east and west is a movement from Maurice Ravel's work, "Sheherazade" featuring professor Clara O'Brien as soloist.

[Read more on Campus Weekly]

Jazz, Shakespeare jibe in 'Twelfth Night'

It's reminiscent of that iconic moment in pop culture when chocolate and peanut butter collided. Jazz and "Twelfth Night" just jelled.

Theatre professor Jim Wren was listening to John Coltrane's cool jazz this summer as he prepared to direct Shakespeare's comedy.

"I was listening to Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' in addition to some crazy 'punk jazz' from the Lounge Lizards that started to speak to me as I was reading the text," he says. "I love the simultaneous simplicity and complexity within the music. And the listening. Not my listening, but the way the musicians listen to one another. That's what I hope to explore with 'Twelfth Night'."

[Read full article on Campus Weekly]

Campus Weekly - The Globe and the Cosmos, at UNCG

The Bard and the Father of Modern Science. They were the superstars of their day. Literal Renaissance men whose words and ideas continue to shape our ideas on art and the universe.

William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei were born 450 years ago. And UNCG is marking the occasion with dozens of events in a year-long celebration.

The "Globe and the Cosmos" series originated with Dr. Peter Alexander, dean of the School of Music,Theatre and Dance. Alexander was looking for a collaborative project to bring together diverse talents and expertise from across the UNCG campus. Envisioning a unique project with a breadth that would challenge the intellect and stimulate the imagination, he reached out to Dr. Timothy Johnston and Dr. Jerry Pubantz, deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Lloyd International Honors College, to realize that vision.

Read more at http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2014/09/09/the-globe-and-the-cosmos/

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