A glimpse of imPulse’s 12th Spring Show, IMPULSE RISES

imPulse Dance Company, Brown’s premiere hip-hop dance group, took the stage at Alumnae Hall last night for the first of two sold out performances of this year’s spring show, IMPULSE RISES.

The groups’s 26 student dancers and choreographers performed 16 pieces and an interlude, with a guest performance by Brown Badmaash, Brown’s South Asian fusion group. This year’s show centered around a theme of superheroes and villains–and even had a semblance of a storyline as the company explored their alter egos, in pieces like high-energy full company numbers “Impulse Rises,”in which the dancers resembled cogs in a perfectly running machine, and “Gays of Our Lives,” a delightfully un-heteronormative love story told through a medium that easily falls prey to compulsory boy/girl pairings.

The group numbers were accompanied by powerful, humorous, and intimately gorgeous duets like “Feelin’ Myself,” “Mouth Music,” and “Latch.” All of the numbers left the audience with questions like: How are they so bendy? How do they jump that high? How are they all so attractive? Just…how???

If you are still recovering from last night’s show and want to relive it, are just excited for tonight or are unlucky enough to not have scored a ticket to what may be the best performance at Brown this year, enjoy these rare photos of the superheroes and villains in action…

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A Look at Fusion Dance Company’s Spring Show

After 32 years of performing, Fusion Dance Company knows how to entertain. With 16 dances, five interludes, and countless shouts of “Fu Fu?… Fusion!”, the Fusion Dance Company Spring Show is a must-see. At times intimate, at times high-energy, and always artistic and creative, each dance attempts to capture the essence of Fusion Dance Company, and the diversity within the group and the members. No words can really do this show justice, so instead…

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: The Moth @ Brown

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Are you constantly in awe of the members of Brown Storytellers? Wish you could spin a tale like they do? Now’s your chance to work on your storytelling with an extraordinary group from New York called The Moth.

The Moth is an organization dedicated to the “celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it.” The group has performed all over the world since 1997. Now they’re coming to Providence to host two *free* workshops on the 26th and 27th. Though tickets to the workshops are already sold out, there’s a wait list that you can add yourself to on the event’s page.

In addition, the weekend will culminate with a storytelling show from the workshops’ participants on the 28th at 7:30 p.m. Come support your friends and see how much they improved in just two days. If the above YouTube video is any indication, it will be quite something.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Skies Over Milton

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Studying all day in a carrel, time moves slowly, and often entire days pass without you catching a glimpse of the sun. The good news is that there are great events happening on campus even amidst all this drudgery. One such event is Skies over Milton which is a sound and video installation in Cohen Gallery (Granoff) that will be open from Saturday, December 13 to Wednesday, December 17 from 4-9p.m. The installation by  the theater company PearlDamour shows footage of the sky from five towns all named Milton (across the country) and examines what it means to be American. So if you are bogged down by all the work and just want to sit and relax, drop by the Granoff Center. The art will make you forget your finals (hopefully only temporarily) and allow you to lose yourself in the bigger questions.


A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Brown Concert Agency Speakeasy

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Student bands Butter, Sad Family, and richard will perform in tonight’s speakeasy, presented by the Brown Concert Agency (BCA). The show promises to be an excellent showcase of some of the incredible musical talent at Brown.

Butter features Peter Enriquez ’16, Marion Wellington ’16, Peter Frisch ’18, Kenny Volkmann ’16, and Alex Han ’17. The newly-formed quintet incorporates jazz influences into its own brand of funk/R&B; their sound is the culmination of musical passions that lie outside the lines of traditional genres. Riding the wave of their first single (which was released just last month), Butter has a lot of fresh, exciting tunes to share tonight. Expect some “joyful, saucy, funky music” during their set. For a preview of what’s to come, check out their Soundcloud profile and Facebook page.

Sad Family is a project created by Sophie Kasakove ’17, Patrick McMenamin ’17, Bailey Barton ’17, and Matt Marsico ’15. The band specializes in “sad wedding music that already predicts divorce, played while on speed” (in other words, “grungey spacey twee-pop”). This sonically-eccentric undertaking is pretty new–the band started rehearsing for the first time this semester and the speakeasy will be their third performance. Although their social media presence is yet to be established, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for future shows and releases! 

richard (lack of capitalization intended) is the largest ensemble of the night; band members include Wes Sanders ’15, Chloe Kibble ’17, Ana Gonzalez ’15, Arun Janssens ’15, Grant Meyer ’16, Peter Enriquez ’16, Sage deLisser ’15, Sumner Becker ’14, and Johnny Page ’17. The band’s orchestration, which includes turntables and euphonium, is almost as unique as its sound. The group’s “[grounding] in rawness” resonates in their compositions, covers and performances, creating a strain of dynamically funky acoustic-electronic hip-hop that thrives in live performance. For more information, check them out on Facebook.

Overall, tonight’s speakeasy is going to be quite a show. Take a break from social exile the actual worst thing ever studying for finals and stop by the McCormack Auditorium (across from JWW) from 7:15 to 10:30p.m. to check out this awesome lineup of student bands!

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Coco Fusco ’82 to deliver talk

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Coco Fusco’s Observations of Predation in Humans (2013), Norte Sur (1990), and A Room of One’s Own (2006-08)

Coco Fusco is a Cuban-American multimedia artist and writer, whose work incorporates digital media and performance ranging in format from large-scale projections to interactive live performances streamed online. Fusco’s work often comments on systems of gender, race, politics, war, and identity.

Fusco will visit campus this Thursday to give a talk at 4 p.m. in the List Art Center auditorium, room 120. The event is free, but tickets are required.

Fusco received her AB in Semiotics from Brown in 1982, going on to get her MA in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford (1985) and her PhD in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007). Fusco, currently MIT’s 2014-15 MLK Visiting Scholar, has taught at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Columbia, and Parsons The New School for Design. Her work has been exhibited at two Whitney Biennials (1993 and 2008), the Tate Liverpool, the MoMA, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is the author of several books, including English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995), which examines the tension between cultural identity and visual politics, and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008), which addresses the exploitation of sex and sexuality in the military for interrogation techniques.

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