Humanitarian strife, social need to find beauty explored in PREVIOUSLY BLUE

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2015-08-21 07:50:23 - General

PREVIOUSLY BLUEThe humanitarian strife and disasters of the late 1990s in Serbia are translated into a social need to find beauty in all things life can bestow in PREVIOUSLY BLUE. The theatrical presentation will open the Coe College Marquis Series with performances on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Tuesday, Sept. 8, both beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here or by calling the Cox Box Office at 399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (summer hours). Tickets will also be available at the door each night of the events.

A poetic summit on the mystery of disaster, resilience and beauty, PREVIOUSLY BLUE is a capstone project created with sustained devising techniques that have influenced artists all over the world. PREVIOUSLY BLUE is devised from unconventional techniques of choreodirection, speak-singing chance arias, hand percussion, tragic "songlines" and scenic presence. With patterns of water and a longing for skies that were previously blue, a few survivors try to defy an eclipse of distress and distraction. In the face of tragedy, what if there is a world of beauty regardless of personal, political or global injustice?

PREVIOUSLY BLUE was created by director Dijana Milosevic, designer Nesa Paripovic and performer Maja Vujovic from Dah Teater (Belgrade); performers Del Hamilton and Faye Allen from 7 Stages (Atlanta); and writer/performer Ruth Margraff and composer/musician Nikos Brisco of the independent Café Antarsia Ensemble (Chicago). All seven artists have trained and influenced artists all over the world, achieving longevity in a daring arts exchange spanning almost 20 years. Their mutual inspiration has become deeply artistic, professionally challenging and spiritually sustaining. When the artists first met in 1996, Dah Teater was creating on "the edge of balance" in response to the horror of civil war in the former Yugoslavia.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, go to or call 319-399-8600.