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Small Island Big Song Dance Class

7:30 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Artists from Small Island Big Song will teach two dance pieces from separate traditions. 

The first work, featuring Sega dance and music from the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius, will be guided by Emlyn (song and dance) and Kokol (percussion). The second piece, a warrior chant and dance from the Pacific Ocean nation of Taiwan, will be led by Sauljaljui with support from Putad.

An in-person performance of Small Island Big Song is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, at Eisenhower Auditorium. The appearance will feature a multimedia concert and residency at Penn State with instrumentalists and vocalists from the nations of New Zealand, Taiwan, Australia, Madagascar, Solomon Islands, Mauritius, Marshall Islands, Papa New Guinea, and Tahiti.

Small Island Big Song evolved from visits to sixteen island nations by Australian filmmaker and music producer Tim Cole and Taiwanese film producer BaoBao Chen. They worked with more than 100 artists, elders, community groups, and grassroots musicians. The result is a stunning collaboration reuniting the distant yet interconnected musical traditions of the Pacific and Indian oceans.

The livestream version of the class will provide viewers the opportunity to ask questions.

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Watch the live class beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. A recording of the dance class will be available for streaming from noon Monday, March 14, until noon Friday, March 18.

The event run time is approximately 90 minutes.

support provided by
Penn State International Dance Ensemble Endowment

This presentation is part of The Reflection Project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board helps make this program free of charge.

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