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Alexis Lefft    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Is the pen mightier than the sword? If you were to ask Lily Rockefeller ’14, a three-year Senior, New York City native and creative writer, the answer to this question would be a no-brainer.“[Last year for Spanish class], I was doing this research for an essay, and I was reading this semiotic linguist, and he was saying that the word for table and the table itself are inherently linked. What’s cool about that is that you can’t separate the word and the thing. In a way, words can describe...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“STOMACH SUNK IN WHISKY PEE INSIDE PANTS I SAW A LITTLE STAR WHERE IS MY BABY TONIGHT,” wrote Chinese-American poet and artist Walasse Ting on one page of his poetry book called “1¢ Life.” Accompanying Ting’s words is artwork by Tom Wesselmann showing a nude woman reclining on a bed in a room that has four large, white stars on vivid blue walls.“1¢ Life” is a book of poetry with artwork from 28 different artists, including Wesselmann, that corresponded to Ting’s writing. The book was published...
Tiffany Bauman    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This weekend, Andover welcomed spring with the celebration of the Asian Arts Festival’s 25th anniversary. Traditional Asian dress, music, food, henna designs and origami cranes were just some of the attractions of this year’s festival.Led by the Andover Korean Society, audience members at Saturday’s Asian Arts Talent Show warmed up with the “Korean National Stretch.” A YouTube video of an energetic Korean man marched the audience through intense back stretches, squats and more, though most...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Dressed in floor-length white skirts, Emily Ewing ’14, Marion Kudla ’15 and Elizabeth McGonagle ’16 twirled across the stage in Tang Theater, using their high kicks to let the white material billow and fly around them. Backed by student jazz musicians, they executed their precise routine in front of vividly colored projections on the stage wall.Dancers from Andover Dance Group (ADG), led by Erin Strong, Instructor and Chair in Theater and Dance, student jazz musicians, overseen by Peter Cirelli...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
As a teenager, Chris “Daze” Ellis beganhis artistic career tagging subway cars in 1970s New York City. In the years since, Daze has successfully transitioned to the canvas, using spray paint as well as oil and acrylic in his work.A celebrated painter, Daze brought his talents toAndover as the Addison Gallery of American Art’s Spring 2014 Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence alongside his exhibition, “Street Talk: Chris ‘Daze’ Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection,” which features Daze’s works...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sketchbook in hand, American-born artist James McNeill Whistler spent countless hours staring out the window of his London home, watching ships pass through the blue waters of the Thames River. Drafting and drawing the wooden beams of bridges, the white flags of ships and the tilted caps of sailors who steered through the water, Whistler produced his masterpieces.Now, years after Whistler first moved to London in 1859, several of his detailed etchings, drawings and lithographs are on display at...
Peyton McGovern    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“Have you ever been in a crowded room, only feeling neglection? Reached out left and right for a helping hand, only to receive rejection?” asked Robert Rush ’14, throwing a chair into the wall. Rush presented his spoken-word poem, “Innovation,” as part of the Black Arts talent show last weekend.The powerful poem depicted issues and stereotypes affecting African Americans. Rush commanded the stage as he paced from one side to another, depicting his frustration through sudden hand motions and...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Combining graceful movement with harmonious live music, Andover’s production of Henry Purcell’s opera, “Dido and Aeneas,” transported audience members back to 20 B.C.E. for a tragic love story.Dancers from the Andover Dance Group (ADG), directed by Judith Wombwell, Instructor in Dance, and singers from the Fidelio Society, directed by Christopher Walter, Instructor in Music, collaborated to provide a stunning reenactment of the iconic theatrical work.The performance was part of Andover’s Co-Ed@...
Julia Boyd    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Breathing life into words written centuries ago, student actors in the play “The Comedy of Errors,” written by William Shakespeare, performed with energizing, theatrical spirit that would have made Shakespeare proud. The circular-shaped performance space of the play allows audience members to surround the performers on every side.“The most noticeable difference between this show and other shows is the stage itself: it’s in the round,” said Emma Kukielski ’15, Assistant Stage Manager. “That...
Chloe Lee    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Unlike previous years, this year’s iTalent and iFashion Show paraded a more creative set of talent and traditional costumes as part of the International Festival (iFest). The student-organized event included a performance of the guzheng, a traditional 18-string Chinese instrument and a Filipino bamboo folk dance.Clint Yoo ’14 sang an emotional cover of the popular Korean hit “What If” by Girl’s Generation. Yoo’s performance captured the reminiscent and heartbreaking message of the song. As he...
Arts Staff Report    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Grasshopper Night came alive during Family Weekend this fall, representing the collective effort of over 100 students and faculty.“In some aspects, [Grasshopper] is a talent show, but like anything at Andover, our talent is so amazing that what [we] really work on doing is making it a real show from beginning to end,” said Erin Strong, Chair and Instructor in Theater and Dance and Faculty Coordinator for Grasshopper Night. “It’s everything. It’s a cohesive show [that] has a level of...
Alexis Lefft    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“Natural Selections”Delicate, painted petals against a stormy gray sky. Two men lying by a glisteningriver.With depictions of landscapes and scenes ranging from realistic to abstract, the Addison Gallery of American Art’s exhibition “Natural Selections” was designed to complement “James Prosek: The Spaces in Between.” The two exhibitions attempt to capture the artist’s deep-rooted connection with nature.Curated from the gallery’s permanent collection, pieces in the exhibit were divided...

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