Touring production of VANG

Drama tells stories of recent immigrant farmers in Iowa:  Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers to Iowa, will be presented in Orange City, Sioux City and Storm Lake May 4 and 5. The word Vang is Hmong for garden/ farm, and the production presents the stories of Hmong, Sudanese, Mexican and Dutch immigrants. The show includes photographic projections by Dennis Chamberlin, including this one of A Vang, a Hmong farmer of Des Moines. Author of Vang is Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander; actors are Matt Foss and Annie Feenstra.

Drama tells stories of recent immigrant farmers in Iowa:
Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers to Iowa, will be presented in Orange City, Sioux City and Storm Lake May 4 and 5. The word Vang is Hmong for garden/ farm, and the production presents the stories of Hmong, Sudanese, Mexican and Dutch immigrants. The show includes photographic projections by Dennis Chamberlin, including this one of A Vang, a Hmong farmer of Des Moines. Author of Vang is Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander; actors are Matt Foss and Annie Feenstra.

ORANGE CITY – Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and ACT Kennedy Center award-winner Matt Foss collaborate to create a drama called Vang (meaning “garden” or “farm” in Hmong). The multimedia theatrical production will be presented in Orange City, Sioux City and Storm Lake on May 4 and 5.

 

The production will be at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre in Orange City on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

 

In Sioux City, the show will be presented at the Betty Strong Encounter Center/ Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center May 4 at 2:00 pm.

 

Then on Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 pm, Vang will be presented at the Estelle Siebens Science Center 126, Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, sponsored by BVU’s Academic & Cultural Events Series and Lakeside Presbyterian Church of Storm Lake.

 

Swander and Chamberlin documented recent Iowa immigrant farmers, then Swander wound their words together to form a verbatim play that captures the immigrants’ journeys to the States. Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and their intense desire to return to the land. Chamberlin took stunning photos of the immigrants in their greenhouses, farms, and dairy barns. Foss added his theatrical brilliance to the production, bringing Vang to life on the stage. And Michael Ching, past executive director of the Memphis opera, composed music to underscore the play’s message.

 

The immigrant farmers in this production came from four continents, speaking over six different languages, with multiple experiences of the world. In their own ways, they adjusted to life in America. Some of these immigrants came to the U.S. as refugees from war-torn parts of the world. Others came fleeing poverty in their homelands. Still others came with money, invited to join agribusiness ventures. Many of these immigrants landed in the U.S. and took the only jobs they could find—in meat-packing plants and auto repair shops. But all of these immigrants had grown up on farms and wanted to once again assume the livelihood that they had known in the past, the work that had formed the foundation of their cultural roots.

 

The one-hour play features two actors, Matt Foss – a native of Orange City, a graduate of Northwestern College and currently a theatre instructor at Iowa State – and Annie Feenstra – a native of Sioux City and ISU theatre student. The two take on the parts of all eight immigrants. Dennis Chamberlin’s photos of the immigrants are projected on the walls of the theatre, bringing both artistic grace and reality to the performance.

 

With the aid of a grant from the ISU CEAH, Swander, Chamberlin and Foss hope to tour the play not only throughout Iowa, but across the U.S. and to Europe.

 

Tickets for the Orange City show are $5 for adults and $3, students, in advance, and $7 and $5 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Northwestern’s Theatre Dept., the Dove Bookstore, and Orange City Arts Council.

 

There is no admission charge for Sioux City and Storm Lake shows. For more information, contact the Orange City Arts Council, 712-707-6514, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or see www.orangecityarts.net/. Or contact MPoole@siouxcitylcic.com or Steinfeld@bvu.edu.

 

LINKS:   http://siouxcityjournal.com/lifestyles/sowing-seeds-for-the-american-dream/article_568a0382-d8ce-5f07-abe2-a55486b55a4d.html

http://altoonaherald.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130407/LIFE/304070023/War-scarred-immigrants-rediscover-hope-fields-Iowa

Bottom Line Duo performs April 9

Bottom Line Duo:  The cello-bass duo from Seattle will perform at Northwestern's Chapel April 9 at 7:00pm, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, with assistance from Frank Vogel and the Northwestern music department. They're popular across the States. “Definitely a hit! The unusualness of the group is how much fun they are!” said Karen Hanan of Washington's Olympic Peninsula Memorial Day festival.

Bottom Line Duo:
The cello-bass duo from Seattle will perform at Northwestern’s Chapel April 9 at 7:00pm, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, with assistance from Frank Vogel and the Northwestern music department. They’re popular across the States. “Definitely a hit! The unusualness of the group is how much fun they are!” said Karen Hanan of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula Memorial Day festival.

ORANGE CITY – Twenty-first century parlor music? That’s Bottom Line Duo.

 

They’re one of three internationally-touring bass and cello duos in history. They specialize in chamber music, and use that discipline and attention to detail to honor the music of other styles… from Broadway and Argentine tango to Mexican folk and klezmer.

 

And they’re funny.

 

Watch a couple of their videos at bottomlineduo.com, said Orange City Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek. “You’ll be impressed with their musicianship, and you’ll laugh outloud. You won’t want to miss them!”

 

Bottom Line Duo will perform at the Northwestern College Christ Chapel Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00pm, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, with assistance from Frank Vogel and the Northwestern College Music Department.  They will be joined by orchestra students from Unity and Orange City Christian schools in two pieces.

 

Tickets are available at Dove Christian Bookstore, the Northwestern Music Department and Orange City Arts Council, at $8 for adults and $5 for students. At the door, tickets are $10 and $7.

 

Traci and Spencer Hoveskeland, of Seattle, began touring in 1996 and by ’98 were part of a group representing the Los Angeles Philharmonic on a fundraising tour aboard the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 from England to New York. The duo has enjoyed performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and many other concert halls across the U.S.

 

Both began their instruments as children, and studied music at Western Washington University with Walter Gray of Kronos string quartet and Barton Frank, a former principal cellist of the National Symphony. Traci has performed as principal cellist for Broadway musicals at the Paramount and 5th Avenue theatres in Seattle, provided music for Tony Curtis, Richard Chamberlain and Patty Lapone, and has performed across the United States, Europe and Mexico.

 

Spencer has performed for numerous Broadway shows, including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cinderella” and “Chicago.” He was principal bass of the Whatcom Symphony for six years, played for the Bolshoi Ballet in Seattle, and appears as a session musician on the soundtracks of “About Schmidt,” “Woolly Boys” and “Man on Fire.”

 

Seattle Weekly describes the duo’s performance as “Elegant. Their simple, rich instrumentation gives them the freedom to explore the whole musical spectrum.”

 

In addition to the concert, the duo will conduct workshops and assemblies at Unity, OCCS, and MOC-Floyd Valley High April 9 and 10.

 

For more information, contact the Orange City Arts Council, 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

 

Another link: Walk Like an Egyptian!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyILYcFmKlw

See photos of Bottom Line Duo in Orange City at facebook.com/ocArts

 

 

 

 

Festival Latino opens Onstage Orange City in CITY HALL

Festival Latino returns to Orange City:  The 2012 Festival Latino in Orange City featured traditional dancers from Mexico. This year, on May 29, the featured entertainment is a mariachi band from Omaha, Luna y Sol. Other activities include mural painting, a piñata design contest, and Mexican food, all in Orange City’s Windmill Park, from 5-10 PM.

Festival Latino returns to Orange City:
The 2012 Festival Latino in Orange City featured traditional dancers from Mexico. This year, on May 29, the featured entertainment is a mariachi band from Omaha, Luna y Sol. Other activities include mural painting, a piñata design contest, and Mexican food, all in Orange City’s Windmill Park, from 5-10 PM.

ORANGE CITY – Festival Latino will return to Orange City on Wednesday, May 29, and has been moved to the Orange City town hall because of threatening weather.

Beginning at 5 PM, the Festival will feature free arts and crafts – among them Day of the Dead masks, God’s Eyes, and Latin American flag coloring pages. Activities include a soccer challenge, bouncy castle, and face and fingernail painting as well as mural painting led by Rein and Margo Vanderhill. Andy Keller and his band will provide background Latino music. A Mexican cooking class is tentatively part of the schedule.

 

Mexican food will be served from 5:30 to 7 PM at a small price: $5 for adults and $3.50 for children, and Hands Around the World will display and sell fair-trade coffee from Mexico and other Latin American countries.

 

Festival Latino opens Onstage Orange City on May 29:  After last year’s hugely successful Festival Latino, it’s coming again: Wednesday, May 29 beginning at 5 PM at Orange City’s Windmill Park. The evening features a variety of activities, including a bouncy castle, face painting, and Mexican food. Mariachi Luna y Sol will take the stage at 7 PM, followed by Zumba and a dance. Festival Latino is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s series each Wednesday in Windmill Park, Onstage Orange City.

Festival Latino opens Onstage Orange City on May 29:
After last year’s hugely successful Festival Latino, it’s coming again: Wednesday, May 29 beginning at 5 PM at Orange City’s Windmill Park. The evening features a variety of activities, including a bouncy castle, face painting, and Mexican food. Mariachi Luna y Sol will take the stage at 7 PM, followed by Zumba and a dance. Festival Latino is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s series each Wednesday in Windmill Park, Onstage Orange City.

There will also be a piñata design contest at 6 PM; those wishing to enter this contest should bring their homemade piñata – with a string for hanging – to the Festival at 5 PM.

 

Luna y Sol, a mariachi band from Omaha, NE, will perform from 7 to 8 PM. One of the Midwest’s preeminent mariachi bands, Luna y Sol won ‘Best Ethnic Group’ in the Live Music category of the Omaha Entertainment Awards in 2007. Their ensemble bears the distinction of being the region’s only complete mariachi band.

 

Zumba will follow Luna y Sol at 8 PM; Zumba is a dance-based workout rooted in a variety of South American music and dance traditions, including salsa, merengue, belly dancing, flamenco, and mamba. This high-energy group activity provides a fun exercise for all age groups and fitness levels.

 

A dance, from 8:30 to 10 PM, will conclude the evening’s exciting activities. Noel Campanis will DJ.

 

Transportation from Sioux Center to Orange City will be provided, with a bus leaving the mall parking lot in Sioux Center (near the Pizza Ranch entrance) at 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30. Return trips to Sioux Center will depart at 8:15, 8:45, and 9:15.

 

Festival Latino opens Onstage Orange City, a series of free shows each Wednesday in Windmill Park, brought to you by the Orange City Arts Council. Sponsors for Festival Latino are CASA, Hands Around the World, Bar-K Cattle, Natural Food Holdings, Bird House Rentals, Center Fresh Eggs, Fareway, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, Al & Carol Kramer and the Orange City Arts Council.

 

Mariachi band from Omaha to perform in Orange City May 29:  Festival Latino, in Orange City May 29, begins at 5 PM, with Mariachi Luna y Sol taking the stage at 7 PM. The evening includes a bouncy castle, a soccer challenge, Zumba, arts and crafts, and a variety of music and dance. Mexican food will be sold at a minimal charge. The event opens Onstage Orange City, free shows in Windmill Park every Wednesday in the summer. Pictured here are traditional dancers, from the 2012 Festival Latino (photo courtesy of the Sioux County Capital-Democrat)

Mariachi band from Omaha to perform in Orange City May 29:
Festival Latino, in Orange City May 29, begins at 5 PM, with Mariachi Luna y Sol taking the stage at 7 PM. The evening includes a bouncy castle, a soccer challenge, Zumba, arts and crafts, and a variety of music and dance. Mexican food will be sold at a minimal charge. The event opens Onstage Orange City, free shows in Windmill Park every Wednesday in the summer. Pictured here are traditional dancers, from the 2012 Festival Latino (photo courtesy of the Sioux County Capital-Democrat)

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.

 

For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts