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German theater company COSTA COMPAGNIE explores themes of war in the multimedia theatrical event, Conversion/After Afghanistan, September 30 and October 1, 2016

German theater company COSTA COMPAGNIE will present its evening-length multimedia work Conversion/After Afghanistan, on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, 7:00pm, in Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall. These events are free and open to the public. 

This project developed at the end of 2014, shortly before the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ended its mission in Afghanistan. Members of COSTA COMPAGNIE traveled to the Hindu Kush, to speak to the people on site about the drawdown of the international forces. They collected conversations, sounds and images and asked the Afghans, as well as German and American soldiers about their views and feelings about the complex situation. Conversion/After Afghanistan is based on their original interviews in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif with Afghans, soldiers, diplomats, and others about the post-9/11 war.

“This collected footage and material now builds the base for the event that will be presented at Vassar,” says Felix Meyer-Christian, artistic director of COSTA COMPAGNIE. Conversion/After Afghanistan will be the culmination of the company’s month-long artists’ residency at Vassar, which includes working with students from the Dance Department, History Department, and the Posse Veterans Program.

“Student performers will be part of this presentation that mixes documentary-style footage with stage work that incorporates dance, sound, and voice,” explains Tom Pacio, coordinator of the Creative Arts Across Disciplines initiative, which is sponsoring COSTA COMPAGNIE’s residency at the college. 

Tickets for Conversion/After Afghanistan are free, but reservations are recommended. For reservations, email dancetix@vassar.edu or call (845) 437-5541.

COSTA COMPAGNIE is supported by the Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.

The Creative Arts Across Disciplines initiative is generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD)
In 2014, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Vassar College a grant for this multi-year initiative to enhance integration of the creative arts across the college curriculum.

CAAD utilizes artist residencies, thematic programming, faculty and curricular development initiatives and student creative projects to broaden collaboration across academic disciplines.

Each academic year, CAAD has focused on one of the five senses. The theme for the 2016-17 year is touch.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 20, 2016