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Hallie Ford Museum of Art: exhibitions and events

Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth
Aug. 31 - Dec. 22
The Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

The newly opened exhibition "Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections" showcases 64 ancient works, created thousands of years ago in the Fertile Crescent. Drawn from over 20 distinguished collections, these pieces span 5500 years of art and tell the stories of the Babylonians, Israelites, Persians and other ancient Near Eastern people and cultures. 

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"Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections"
Dr. Trudy Kawami, Director of Research at the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in New York and co-curator of this exhibition
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Willamette University College of Law, Paulus Lecture Hall 

Return to Babylon: Travelers, Archaeologists, and Monuments in Mesopotamia
Dr. Brian Fagan, New York Times best-selling author and professor emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Barbara
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Mary Stuart Rogers Performing Arts Center, Hudson Concert Hall
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Gifts for the Gods: Sumerian Art from the Temple Dr. Jean Evans, Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Willamette University College of Law, Paulus Lecture Hall
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Additional Current Exhibitions

Jacob Lawrence: Aesop's Fables Aesop's fables Now open through Oct. 27
Study Gallery and Print Study Center

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David Roberts: Travels in the Holy Land
Aug. 10 - Dec. 22
The Maribeth Collins Lobby

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WU Theatre

The Conference of the Birds Conference of the Birds

SEPT. 27 – OCT. 12, 2013

Stage version by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook
Based on the poem by Farid Uddi
Guest Director: Shana Cooper

A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine. "The New York Times" says, "The play is a flying carpet gliding us aloft into a land of mystery, splendor, and ritual." "Newsweek" says the play is a "Brilliant work that challenges most of our ideas of what theatre is, ought to be, and can do. This exquisite piece represents the perfection of Brook's work."

Preview: Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Runs: Sept. 27 – October 12
Evening Performances: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Sept. 29, Oct. 5 and 12, 2 p.m.


Noru Ka Soru Ka

Music and Dance Ensemble

Noru Ka Soru Ka

On Friday, September 20, 2013, at 8 p.m., the Willamette University Music Department will present an intercultural evening of improvisations of the music and dance theatre ensemble, Noru Ka Soru Ka in Smith Auditorium.

Noru Ka Soru Ka is a collective of dancers from Japan and musicians from the U.S. and Switzerland. Noru Ka Soru Ka (NKSK) premiered as an ensemble at Session House, a venue for new music and dance in Tokyo in 2006. Now entering their seventh year, Noru Ka Soru Ka has developed its own unique language, assertively challenging category and style. Noru Ka Soru Ka’s evocative, often abstract work serves as bridge between eastern and western cultures, recognizable to both while being exclusively neither. Noru Ka Soru Ka has done a number of tours in Europe, Asia, and the United States. 

Upcoming 2013 performances include Festival OGGIMUSICA and others in Switzerland, and The People’s Fringe Festival in Hong Kong. The 2013 touring group is comprosed of Makoto Matsushima (Japan, dance and voice) Mao Arata (Japan, dance) Georg Hofmann (Switzerland, percussion) and Mike Nord (US, guitar/electronics). Stage settings for 2013 are designed by Ann Kresge.

Georg Hofmann and Mike Nord record for Leo Records in England. Their last CD is The Flow: Music for Improvised Dance. They have performed together for nearly 30 years in musical and interdisciplinary settings in Europe, Latin America, Japan, and the US. Previous recording include those for Nabel and P7 Records. A new CD, Music for Noru Ka Soru Ka with Makoto Matsushima will be released late summer 2013.

Makoto Matsushima and Mao Arata toured across the globe with the acclaimed Pappa Tarahumara dance theater, and as independent dancer/choreographers. They have performed extensively in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. In addition to their ensemble work, both maintain careers as soloists and have appeared internationally.

Set Designer Ann Kresge in an internationally exhibited artist whose works are found in numerous collections including those of the National Museum of Women In The Arts, Washington DC, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Yale University, Vassar College, New York Public Library, US Library of Congress, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Advance tickets are available in the Music office at Willamette University or call 503-370-6255 to charge by phone. Adults $15, Seniors $10. Free to Willamette students with I.D. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the concert.