November 13th, 2020
Greetings, Everyone:

I’m glad to see we’ve made it to mid-November already.  My perspective of the passage of time is so fluid now, expanding and contracting as a result of many “hurry up and wait” kinds of directives we’re all experiencing now.  As we approach the holidays, I hope everyone can find a way to celebrate and be with family under safe and comfortable conditions.  As you can see from the events listed below, we’re charging ahead with our academic work and our public programming, and continuing to move smoothly through the semester.
I’m also pleased to announce that the DFPA will undertake a “racial justice examen,”  a two step process designed to encourage review and reflection at the group level.  The first part, a compiling of data designed to serve as a departmental “self study” will be completed by January 19th.  I will ask the DFPA DEI task force (an ad hoc group of faculty and staff from each division that has been meeting weekly throughout the semester) to complete this task.  The second part requires a broad effort to engage as many people as possible in dialogue about these issues, and will take place over the Spring semester, in the form of listening sessions, forums and other ways of gathering insight.  I look forward to engaging our community in this essential work.  More information will be forthcoming.
Upcoming Events
Fall Instrumental Showcase

NOV 13 // FRI @ 7:00 PM (CST)
Loyola’s Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble are thrilled to share a virtual performance of this year’s Fall Instrumental Showcase. The concert displays the talents of ensemble members and conductors who collaborated virtually during this challenging time. The performance features works by Steven Bryant, Frank Ticheli, John Willmarth, Alex Stopa, Benny Carter, and Charlie Parker. Tickets are available at a pay-what-you-want scale if you would like to support the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. 
Book your tickets here.
Get It Together: Nia Easley and Tulika Ladsariya
Image: Tulika Ladsariya, Haath Gadi, 2015
NOV 1, 2020 - JAN 21, 2021 // On view 24/7 from the street and online
The way we operate in physical space is a manifestation of the political climate. Get it Together aims to pose questions of ownership and power in the built environment. Nia Easley and Tulika Ladsariya each create work that calls attention to the ways our surroundings are influenced by various ideologies. Through these works, the artists challenge expectations and reveal biases in an effort to put the pieces back together.   
Opening Reception: FRI, NOV 13TH, 5-6:30pm (CST)
Join us at our online opening reception over Zoom by registering here.
Just Anne: Historical Accuracy Onstage
NOV 14 & 15 // SAT @ 6:00PM CST, SUN @ 2:00PM CST
An original play about the misconceived relationship between Queen Anne of Great Britain and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Formed from their written correspondence, the play tells the true story of two powerful women’s experiences with love, legacy, and loyalty. A series of readings will conclude with a final open performance and talkback, seeking to address the limits and effectiveness of historical accuracy onstage. 
Book your tickets here
Operation Pedro Pan
NOV 18 // WED @ 6:00PM CST
Operation Pedro Pan is the true story of how in the early 1960s over 14,000 unaccompanied minors immigrated from Cuba to Miami with the help of the Catholic Church in order to escape the persecution of Fidel Castro’s regime. Inspired by the common lack of understanding of these events and how they affected the individuals involved and their families, Mariana beautifully tells her own family’s experience of these events. Pedro Pan centers on themes of the importance of family, love, and sacrifice. Pedro Pan seeks to educate people about such an important event in American History and cultivate empathy and understanding for the many people who suffered from it, and continue to do so. Mariana is seeking Latinx and Hispanic identifying actors to help her tell this story.  
Book your tickets here
Spectral Heartbeats: Dance Concert

NOV 21st - NOV 22nd // SAT @ 6:00PM CST, SUN @ 2:00PM CST
Simultaneously virtual and corporeal, Loyola dancers traverse a creative landscape uncharted in a digital domain. Our programming features Anna Sokolow’s iconic study in isolation, Rooms, as well as Family Tree, a new film commission for Dance faculty member Sarah Fuller with filmmaker Talia Koylass. In addition to Mic Check 1.2., a new experimental work by student Masha Bandouil, we will present a digital version of the “Friends Dance” from Coppelia under the direction of Raul Casasola from the Joffrey Ballet. Presenting Coppelia choreographed in 1870 and Rooms in 1955, this program features classic works along with groundbreaking exploration and invention. Tickets are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale if you wish to support the department and Dance Honor Society. All price levels include a ticket. 
Book your tickets here.
Morbid Curiosity
NOV 21 & 22 // SAT @ 6:00PM CST, SUN @ 2:00PM CST
Inspired by obsession with true crime, this project is a space for collaborators to explore their own fears through the creation of their own psychological thriller. Focusing on the writing process and inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, collaborators will write and perform pieces exploring true-to-life fear, pop culture, and crime.
Book your tickets here
50 Stolen Plays
DEC 5 // SAT @ 6:00PM CST
50 Stolen Plays, led by Grey Smith, is a devised piece in which a small ensemble will create 50 single page found-text plays that explore themes of perception, reality, and an artist’s role between them. After compiling works, collaborators will select 50, choose their order, and present them to an audience in a final performance in order to explore the question of if an objective reality exists; and how their perception affects their own reality.
Book your tickets here
Lessons and Carols
DEC 5 // SAT @ 7:30PM CST
This December, celebrate the season with us here at Loyola University Chicago at our annual concert, Lessons & Carols. Part liturgical service and part choir concert, Lessons & Carols brings our community together each year to embrace gratitude and prepare to enter the new year with hope in our hearts. The service will include a series of scripture readings and liturgical music sung by Loyola’s choral ensembles: Chamber Choir, Schola Cantorum, University Chorale, and Women's Chorus. Unlike past years, the concert will take place virtually via YouTube live stream and there is no admission fee or ticket required to attend. 

Join us for Lessons and Carols live here.
Fall Dance Informance
DEC 12th // SAT @ 6:00PM CST
Dance students of all levels showcase their semester’s work in an informal dance performance. Featuring a wide variety of genres, the performance offers students the opportunity to showcase their growth. This event celebrates each level of our program and the inclusive arts community that is fostered at Loyola.
Book your tickets here.
In the meantime, I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving.

Mark E. Lococo, PhD
Professor, Chair
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago

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