Dinner and Panel Discussion
Sacred Music and Dance: Tradition and Ethics, Exploration and Appropriation
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:00pm
Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Reception Area, Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Room
Join a discussion about the phenomenon of learning cultural spiritual traditions: Where do the lines of appropriation lie? How are traditions changing, both in context and out of context—or in “new” contexts? How can “outsiders” learn and honor dance and music techniques and traditions, with respect? Are there elements of sacred traditions that are embedded in their practice, engendering particular experiences regardless of your relation to the culture’s spirituality? This discussion of arts, ethics, spirituality, and virtuosity will be fascinating and far-reaching…bring your questions!
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Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious, and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique, mystical, spiritual, and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian, and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. Led by award-winning composer Yuval Ron (who composed the music for the Oscar-winning film West Bank Story), the Ensemble has enjoyed overwhelming community support. It was chosen to be featured in PBS “Holiday Celebration” TV specials and was honored with the Los Angeles Treasures Award and the Lincoln/Standing Bear Gold Medal from the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, in appreciation of its efforts for peace and justice worldwide.
Presented by the Wellesley College Concert Series in collaboration with ORSL and its Art & Soul Series. Generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund, and funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.