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Last modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Arts Week to begin Friday at IUB

Arts Week, an annual celebration of artistry and creative activity at Indiana University Bloomington and in the surrounding community, will begin Friday (Jan. 24) and continue through Feb. 8.

Arts Week showcases creative writing, dance, visual arts, music, theatre, film, museum exhibits, panel discussions, youth events and lectures. Most events are free and require no tickets. Tickets for other events may be purchased from individual venues.

Arts Week will kick off with a diverse exhibition of faculty artists from IUB's Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Opening festivities for the Bloomington Biennial Faculty Exhibition will begin Friday (Jan. 24) at 5 p.m. at the School of Fine Arts Auditorium. IU Interim President Gerald Bepko, Chancellor Sharon Stephens Brehm and City Controller Tom Guevara will attend the welcoming event, which will include a panel discussion of beauty in contemporary art and a preview of the week's festivities.

Later that evening, the IU Auditorium will host the Tony Award-winning hit Fosse, a musical that celebrates the work of the legendary dancer, choreographer and director Bob Fosse.

A special creation of this year's Arts Week is "The Welcome Table: A Midwinter Feast of Song, Dance and Theater," an hour-long extravaganza featuring artists from the university and city (as well as some of Bloomington's best homemade pies!). The event, which is being produced by the IUB Dean of Faculties office, local writer-musician Malcolm Dalglish, and the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, is scheduled for Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington.

Other highlights of Arts Week include:

  • Aristophanes' Lysistrata in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre at the IU Theatre and Drama Center, Feb. 7-8.
  • Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium, Jan. 24-26, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
  • "Tchaikovsky Is for Lovers: An Afternoon of Music & Theatre," performed by the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the IU Department of Theatre and Drama, on Jan. 26 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
  • The American premiere of Jeppe, an internationally acclaimed opera by renowned IU School of Music Professor Sven-David Sandstrom, Feb. 7-8.
  • A performance by the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company at the IU Auditorium, Feb. 8.
  • The Wiz, performed by the Bloomington Music Works, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Feb. 7-8.
  • The showing of Violette et Mr. B, a documentary starring legendary dancer and IU School of Music Professor Violette Verdy, on Jan. 28 at the John Waldron Arts Center. Filmed in the studios of the Paris Opera Ballet, Violette et Mr. B chronicles Verdy as she teaches the ballets of legendary choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.
  • The U.S. premiere of "George Balanchine and His Dancers: The Ballet Photographs of George Platt Lynes," an exhibit of photographs from the Kinsey Institute collection, Jan. 28-Feb. 8 at the John Waldron Arts Center.
  • "Tango for Two," a town-and-gown evening of music and ballroom dancing featuring professionals from IU and Arthur Murray Dance Studio, on Feb. 1 in the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Eastland Plaza on E. Third St.
  • A concert, "On Wings of Song," featuring world-renowned musicians Edward Auer, James Campbell and Kim Walker at the IU School of Music's Auer Hall on Jan. 25.
  • An appearance by noted feminist author Gloria Steinem at the IU Auditorium on Feb. 6. Steinem will deliver the keynote address for the 50th anniversary celebration of Alfred Kinsey's groundbreaking book Sexual Behavior in the Human Female.

For a full schedule and information on participants, venues and parking, visit

An Arts Week shuttle bus will operate from Jan. 24 to 26 (noon to 11 p.m.), transporting passengers to and from the Monroe County Courthouse in downtown Bloomington and Jordan Avenue on the IUB campus.

For information about specific arts groups or programs, contact the Office of the Dean of Faculties at 812-855-0230.