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April 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Join us for the premiere! Watch on Vimeo

Duke’s theaters, galleries, and other arts venues are typically busiest in April! This year, we bring the buzz, artwork, and stages online. Our creative community has risen to meet the challenges of the pandemic while connecting us through making and sharing new work. Tonight we shine a light on Duke University academic arts departments—Theater Studies, Dance, Music, English, and Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Join us for the premiere of this produced special that highlights the artistic accomplishments of undergraduate students in Spring 2021, featuring remarks by Duke University President Vincent E. Price, Provost Sally Kornbluth, Vice Provost for the Arts John V. Brown, department chairs, and other special guests. Meet student artists as they share excerpts of their work and experience how artistic practice at Duke has evolved under pandemic restrictions. This premiere showing includes the complete performance of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s “Continuous Replay: Come Together,” re-​​staged by Duke Dance faculty member Andrea ​E. ​Woods Valdé​s​ and ​performed by Duke Dance Program​ students. This special staging builds on a summer 2020 collaboration by company members and alumni in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

If you miss the premiere, watch the video online through June 2021 here.

Join us on Vimeo on Fri, Apr 16 at 7pm for the first Duke Arts Student Showcase!

Showcase Program

Thank you to all our special guests and student performers! 



Vincent E. Price, President

Sally Kornbluth, Provost

John V. Brown, Vice Provost for the Arts

Department of English (Creative Writing)

Robert E. Mitchell, Chair and Professor, Department of English


Thalia Halloran reading from “Blonde”

Margot Armbruster reading from “Triptych”

Department of Theater Studies

Torry Bend, Chair and Associate Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies

Excerpts of Medea by Euripides (translated by Michael Collier and Georgia Machemer). Directed by María Zurita Ontiveros; Designed by Ash Jeffers.

Christina Boxberger (chorus); Theo Cai (Aegeus); Harrison Cole (tutor); Anya Dombrovskaya (chorus); Kyerah Etheridge (chorus); Elise Gutierrez (chorus); Emi Hegarty (nurse); Sarah Jacobs (chorus); Daniel Kim (Jason); Bryant Lewis (Creon); Isa Mellody (messenger); and Tenley Seidel (Medea).

To see more: Medea will be performed live to a virtual audience in Reynolds Industries Theater April 15 at 7:30pm, April 17 at 7:30pm, and April 18 at 2pm. More info.

Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Sheila Dillon, Chair and Professor, Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Joshua Gibson, Director, Cinematic Arts and Associate Professor of the Practice of Art

Featuring the following students from the Class of 2021:

Sarah Derris

Katja Gilman

Sophia Li

Omolola Sanusi

Duke Dance Program

Andrea E. Woods Valdés, Director, Dance Program Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance

Continuous Replay: Come Together
(1977, revised 1991)
Choreography by Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane
Staged for Duke University by Andrea E. Woods Valdés 2021

Danced by: Megan Mauro as “the clock”, Alyah Baker, Courtney Crumpler, Lee Edwards, Ayan Felix-Doyle, Renata Garces, Willa Gilbert-Goldstein, Juliet Irving, Amari Jones, Avery Lythcott-Haims, Ife Michelle Presswood, Joey Rauch, Kamryn Stafford, Carter Yunyu Teng, Michael Wen

Music Director: John Hanks
Percussionists: John Hanks, Julia Thompson, and Andrea E Woods Valdés
Additional music arranged by: John Oswald
Sound engineer: Christopher Scully-Thurston
Lighting designer: John Kolba

Special thanks to the Duke Dance Program and Janet Wong at New York Live Arts

To see more: The Duke Dance Program is presenting its “Spring Dance Series” throughout March and April in celebration of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate performances, projects, and installations. More info. 

Duke Music

Jonathan Bagg, Chair and Professor of the Practice, Department of Music

Featuring performances by:

Duke University Saxophone Quartet (DUSQ) performing Chôro y tango by Aldemaro Romero. Caleb Woo, soprano saxophone, is a Duke Junior majoring in Data Science and minoring in Music. Eddie Chen, alto saxophone, is a Duke Sophomore majoring in Statistics. Minjun Kwak, tenor saxophone, is a Duke Freshman majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering/Computer Science. JJ Ndubuisi, baritone saxophone, is a Duke Senior majoring in Spanish with minors in Music and Biology. He plans to attend dental school after graduation. (Coach: Dr. Susan Fancher.)

Trout Clout Quintet performing Mvt. 1 (Allegro vivace) of Franz Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major (“Trout”), D. 667. Charlie Todd, violin; Charles Zhang, viola; Holly Kim, cello; John Yaras, bass; Bryan Tong, piano.(Coach: Prof. Caroline Stinson)

And a special collaboration featuring Jean-Luc Rabideau, cellist and composer; Allen Zhang, violin; and Karina Ng, viola, members of the JACKS Quartet on “Sorrow,” a movement for string trio written by first-year student Rabideau; choreographed and danced by Duke Dance major Joey Rauch. (Coach: Prof. Caroline Stinson.) The name “JACKS Quartet” is inspired by JACK Quartet, a 2017–19 visiting artist.

Duke University Chorale
Rodney Wynkoop, conductor

Duke Opera Theater
Sophia Leeman (Lucrezia aria)
Francesca Herrera (Pasquale aria)
David Heid, director

To see more: Duke Music has presented performances online in a series titled “Best of Biddle” throughout 2020–21. See the series. 

Presenting Partners

Presented by Duke Arts in partnership with academic arts departments. Creative Director: Aravind Ragupathi, Zoning Media.

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