Thursday, May 31, 2001

International artists head to Wexner

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Wexner Center will host performing artists from Mali, England, Brazil, France, Norway, Cuba and Sweden as well as the United States for its 2001-02 season on the campus of Ohio State University.

        Next season's residency award in performing arts goes to the SITI Co. directed by Anne Bogart. It will develop and premiere Score, based on the life of Leonard Bernstein.

        The season includes returns by Twyla Tharp, Elevator Repair Service, Baaba Maal and the Tiger Lillies (stars of Shockheaded Peter).

[photo] Tom Nells will star in the SITI Company's production of Score.
(Megan Szalla photo)
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        Other standout entries include Urban Tap; Cuba's Los Fakires; vanguard electronica groups Squarepusher and Plaid, and Charlie Victor Romeo, a chilling theater piece based on cockpit voice recorder transcripts.

        The schedule: Aug. 4, Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba's Nocturne; Aug. 11, Malinese vocalist Rokia Traore; Aug. 20, Squarepusher and Plaid; Sept. 21, Vinicius Cantuaria with Arto Lindsay. The concert is in conjunction with the center's exhibition of work by Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica;

        Sept. 23, Norwegian hardanger fiddler Annbjorg Lien; Sept. 26-20, Drama Desk award winner Charlie Victor Romeo; Oct. 5, Jonas Hellborg, Shawn Lane, V. Selvaganesh and V. Umashankar; Oct. 12, Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton: mercy; Oct. 15, the Tiger Lillies;

        Oct. 18-21, U.S. premiere of Britain's Akram Khan Co. (dance); Oct. 27, Urban Tap; Nov. 8-11, John Jasperse Co.: Giant Empty (dance); Nov. 16, the Herbie Nichols Project; Nov. 24, Los Fakires;

        Jan. 10-13, 2002, Rude Mechanicals in Lipstick Traces: a secret history of the 20th century; Jan. 17, acoustic concert by Senegalese Afropop singer Baaba Maal; Jan. 17-20, Richard Maxwell: Boxing 2000; Feb. 1, Twyla Tharp Dance; Feb. 14-16, Bebe Miller Co.: Verge; Feb. 23, Saturday Night Fish Fry featuring Houston Person, Hank Marr, Russell Malone and Grady Tate;

        Feb. 28-March 3, Elevator Repair Service: Highway to Tomorrow (based on Euripides' The Bacchae); March 14-17, the SITI Co.: Score; April 19, Terry Riley and the All-Stars; April 23, Lyon Opera Ballet: Ravel; May 3, Compagnie Maguy Marin: Points de Fuite.

        New shows will be added throughout the year.

        Tickets for August events will go on sale to the general public in mid-July. Tickets for all other events will go on sale to the public Sept. 4. For information or to order a brochure, call (614) 292-3535 or visit


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