‘The Clothesline Muse’ comes to Carver Hall

For Immediate Release: February 8, 2016

BLOOMSBURG— “The Clothesline Muse,” recreating an American tradition, gives voice to untold stories on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall at Bloomsburg University as a part of the Celebrity Artist Series.

“The Clothesline Muse” is a theatrical production conceived as dance and developed into an evening-length, multidiscipline theatrical piece by Kariamu Welsh, scholar of cultural studies and performance.

Six-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon lends her talents to this work. Through dance, music, spoken word and video, Freelon as “The Muse” and a cast of artists give voice to the untold stories of African-American washwomen and other domestic workers.

The stories of these laborers, still relevant today, are part of the economic history of our country. Welsh’s choreography turns simple wash movements into poetic dance, celebrating the passion of traditional “women’s work.” Projections and still images provide a glimpse into the world created when people listen to one another.

Tickets, at $25 for adults and $12 for BU students and children age 12 and under, are available at the Haas Center box office. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 570-389-4409.

Celebrity Artist Series

  • “Don Quixote.” The Moscow Festival Ballet, founded by Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, will perform the most enduring adaptation of “Don Quixote” by choreographer Marius Petipa to music by composer Ludwig Minkus. Friday, March 18, 8 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets: $35 and $17 for children and BU students.
  • Koresh Dance Company. The dance troupe, with guest performers from local and regional dance studios, will perform works set to Middle Eastern and classical music, dipping into repertory vaults in celebration of the 25th anniversary in 2016. Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets: $30 for adults and $15 for children and BU students.
  • Allison Miller: Boom-Tic-Boom. The percussionist from New York City is a drummer, composer and teacher who has been named a Rising Star Drummer and Top 20 Jazz Drummer in Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll. Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for children and BU students.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.