Welcome to WSU Performing Arts, Washington State University’s professional performing arts presenter. WSUPA was founded in 2011 to promote cultural and artistic connections for WSU Pullman and the surrounding communities. WSUPA brings world-class performances to the Palouse, presenting live theatre, music concerts, and family entertainment in Daggy Hall’s Jones and Wadleigh Theatres and other venues including Beasley Coliseum.
WSU Performing Arts 2017-2018 shows
ON ENSEMBLE in CONCERT - Co-presented with Festival Dance, in residence at the University of Idaho
- Wed., Sept. 13, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
With Japanese drums at the foundation of its world fusion mix, On Ensemble takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms. Infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronica, On Ensemble's unique sound has been praised as "completely original and brilliantly conceived." Modern Drummer magazine calls On Ensemble "an exciting taiko ensemble looking at new ways to apply traditional Japanese drums."
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LIVING VOICES present THE NEW AMERICAN
- Thurs., Oct 12, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
Share the journey of The New American, from the turmoil of the old country, to the promise of America. This is the story of a young Irish woman from her 1910 steamship passage to the U.S. and her path through Ellis Island to the sweatshops of the lower east side of Manhattan. Learn what American liberty and opportunity means to people around the world. Appropriate for Ages 10 – adult.
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LIVING VOICES present Klondike: The Last Adventure
- Sat., Oct 14, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m.
The promise of riches and a new life during a time of turmoil drives one young woman to join a worldwide stampede in the last grand adventure of the 19th century and through her search for gold she discovers true strength. This program is produced in partnership with the National Parks Service and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit.
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Las Migas: Flamenco and Mediterranean Music From Spain
- Wed., Nov. 1, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
LAS MIGAS is unique among Spanish music groups, a fascinating blend of Flamenco and Mediterranean styles that combines classic and contemporary rhythms, and melodies that range from powerful to passionate to playful. The four women of Las Migas come from four different cities that span not only the geography of Spain but also its cultural diversity--Barcelona, Sevilla, Cordoba and Lerida. They all came to the group with one common passion for Flamenco.
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Literature to Life: FAHRENHEIT 451, by Ray Bradbury. Common Reading event.
- Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
Literature to Life brings Ray Bradbury’s terrifyingly recognizable vision of the future to the stage. Guy Montag, is a fireman in a not-so distant future. Except instead of putting out fires, he starts them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s vision of a world, awash in information, but lacking critical thought offers audiences of all ages a sobering look at our world, while offering hope for a better future.
“I think that what you [Literature to Life] are doing is very important because it is two things at the center of my life: the library and the theatre. You’re combining them…”– Ray Bradbury
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SONOS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE HOLIDAY CONCERT
- Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
At the forefront of handbell artistry since its founding in 1990, the California-based Sonos has moved handbells into the musical mainstream with show-stopping, sold-out performances to millions across the United States, Europe and Asia. “A musical feast for the senses,” audiences will hear solo and orchestra works that have premiered for handbells alone and in combination with other instruments and voices. The ensemble is equally impressive to watch - ringing, slamming, plucking, malleting, shaking, damping, bouncing - and other virtuosic techniques for handling 68 chromatically tuned bells covering over five octaves.
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L.A. THEATRE WORKS presents THE MOUNTAINTOP WSU MLK Program co-presented with the Office of Equity and Diversity.
- Mon., Jan. 15, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. & Tues., Jan. 16, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired that night. Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop gives us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, "I've been to the mountaintop…” 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., yet, struggles to resolve racial tension remain a challenge for communities everywhere.
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CLEO PARKER ROBINSON DANCE presents MictlanRx
- Sat., Feb. 10, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
MictlanRx was created for CPR Dance by the dynamic duo Jairo Heli and Betsy Pardo during a two-year collaboration with the artistic directors of Crisol Dance based in Guadalajara, MX. MictlanRx is a powerful reflection on Mexico's Afro-Indigenous people and their unique cycles of oppression and triumph through cultural heritage and tradition. MictlanRx is performed with the donkey jawbone, a traditional Afro-Mexican instrument, and is a timely piece in light of Mexico's recent deportations of Afro-Mexicans to Haiti and the country's efforts to recognize this long-ignored people. Co-presented with Festival Dance, in residence at the University of Idaho.
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TEN STRINGS AND A GOAT SKIN in CONCERT
- Thurs. March 1, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Hailed on two continents as” infectious” and “the best of contemporary/tradCeltic music,” Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are a bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio, playing Irish, Acadian, French and original creations infused with modern and world rhythms. The band creates a fiery, contagious and unique sound with a stage presence that leaves audiences wanting more at every show.
“A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse”— The Guardian
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SILENT SKY, by Lauren Gunderson
- March 30, 31 & April 6, 7, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. plus 2:00 p.m. Sat. matinees
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them.
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THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE CINE-CONCERT
- Thurs., April 19, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
This much beloved animated film is screened as composer Benoit Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in the live performance of his original score for the film, including his academy award nominated best song. In the spirit of the film, Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville transports audiences to the exciting streets of 1920’s Paris and Le Jazz Hot.
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