National Medal of Arts winner Ping Chong juxtaposed the forceful words of James Baldwin from a 1968 speech with contemporary images of racist violence and killings of African American boys and men in Baldwin/NOW for February Dance 2016.

Photo by Natalie Fiol.

Dressing in a Kimono

To fulfill its mission to educate the public and celebrate traditional aesthetics, Japan House regularly invites experts such as Toshie Hasada from the Hakubi Kyoto Kimono School to share their expertise.

Community Bike Shares

Lindsay M. Braun, an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, researches bike shares, cycling, and health. The new VeoRide program on campus promises a rich source of data: anyone with an app and the ability to pedal on two wheels can locate a nearby bike, unlock it, travel to their destination, and park it in any safe and unobtrusive spot for a small fare. Over time Braun can track ridership levels and evaluate how well dockless bike systems serve communities like Champaign-Urbana.

The Boys in the Band

Stage manager and alumnus Morgan Holbrook hit another peak in his successful Broadway career in 2019, when The Boys in the Band—starring Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and Andrew Rannells—nabbed the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. His many credits include The Ferryman with Dean Ashton and Paddy Considine, Six Degrees of Separation featuring Alison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey, and The Cherry Orchard with leads Diane Lane and Joel Grey.

Backstage at Krannert Center

Dancers are movement artists and athletes who must make meticulous preparations before taking the stage so that they perform at the highest level, maintain focus, and develop the appropriate mental and emotional state to express themselves fully.

Photo by Natalie Fiol.


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