Cabaret, one of Lawrence University’s most cherished traditions, will take visitors on a journey of discovery this weekend.
With the theme Odyssey of Cultures, the 43rd annual celebration presented by Lawrence International will feature music, dance and fashion from places near and far, embracing our differences and joyously holding up our diversity as a point of light.
It’s a chance to not only soak in some beautiful performances on the Stansbury Theatre stage but also to learn a little something along the way, said Yidi Zhang ’20, president of Lawrence International (LI), the student organization that presents the annual extravaganza.
“Most of the feedback I get is really positive and encouraging, but sometimes I don’t think people are focusing on the educational part of Cabaret,” Zhang said. “That’s what I’m trying to emphasize this year. I started collecting information from all of the performers on their cultural background and which part of their culture they’re drawing from in their performance.”
To that end, posters will be displayed outside of Stansbury
providing background on the songs being sung, the dances being performed and
the fashions being displayed.
Cabaret will include 11 performance groups featuring 80 international students from Lawrence.
Performances are set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 in Stansbury Theatre. A free reception with cultural dishes in the Warch Campus Center’s Somerset room will follow Sunday’s performance
For Zhang, a junior from China majoring in music management, the educational component that comes with Cabaret is valuable on multiple levels. Taking an interest in and understanding other cultures is an important part of being an informed, enlightened, educated citizen of the world.
“Cabaret is only a starting point to encourage people to know the cultures, to get to know the people of other cultures,” Zhang said.
When Cabaret marked its 40th anniversary three years ago, our video cameras went behind the scenes: See it here
That goes for audience members coming to watch Cabaret as well as those participating in the production.
“We have more international students on campus now, so it’s not only for the international students to show what they have, it’s also for those international students to learn from each other,” Zhang said.
The number of international students at Lawrence — foreign nationals and those with dual citizenship — has jumped from about 50 a decade ago to more than 270 today. They come from 63 countries.
Lawrence International gives those students a chance to connect with other international students both academically and socially. While the annual Cabaret performance is the group’s most visible activity, it’s far from its only benefit, said Leah McSorely, associate dean of students for International Student Services.
“At LI, we talk about it as a family, a home away from home, so the students can really build a strong bond with each other and can support each other as they transition into this new culture. Cabaret is a chance to share just a little piece of their cultures, and hopefully get people interested in learning more.”
Zhang will be part of the entertainment lineup. She’s a
singer-songwriter who has rounded up three other music students to perform a song
that has deep roots in Chinese culture.
She’s a big believer in music’s ability to bring people
“I really do think that working with different artists to incorporate different aspects of the world together is a beautiful thing,” Zhang said. “Bringing the whole world together is my personal, ideal view of how the world should be, and music is doing that.”
Going to Cabaret
What: Cabaret, with the theme An Odyssey of Cultures
Where: Stansbury Theatre in the Music-Drama Center, Lawrence University
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (free reception with cultural dishes in the Warch Campus Center’s Somerset room will follow Sunday’s performance)
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 4. For Lawrence students, the $5 will be donated to the LI Grant fund or, if requested, refunded. Tickets are available at the LU box office at 920-832-6749 or www.lawrence.edu/conservatory/box_office. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed Berthiaume is director of public information at Lawrence University. Email: email@example.com
More than 100 students representing 46 countries will offer a cross-cultural trip around the world from the stage of the Lawrence Memorial Chapel Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. when Lawrence International presents its 38th annual Cabaret.
Under the theme “Cultural Connection: Arriving at the Global Terminal,” Cabaret 2014 features a variety of entertainment followed by a reception of international culinary delights.
Tickets — free for children under four, $5 for children/students and $10 for adults — are available at the Warch Campus Center Information Desk, 920-832-7000 and include the reception.
“This year’s theme was chosen to portray something that many of us, either as international students or as people, experience: travelling,” explained Lawrence International president Diana Szteinberg Burstyn, a junior from Bolivia. “This year we focused on making the show more interactive. We have a very wide range of regions being represented, including the United States.”
Once again, Cabaret will showcase dancing and singing from all corners of the globe in 14 separate performances, including Bollywood, Ghanian and Ethiopian dances, Thai and French songs, plus a two-part fashion show displaying traditional native dress. Sushi, samosa, fruit platters and crab rangoons and other international treats will perform their own variety show in a reception following the performances.
“Cabaret is a great way of combining cultures, art and fun,” said Szteinberg Burstyn. “Lawrence International’s main goal is to expose different cultures and bring anyone who wants to learn about them to this event. Cabaret utilizes a great resource — the students — and makes them become part of something bigger, connecting Lawrence to the community of the Fox Valley and to the rest of the world.”
This year’s Cabaret schedule includes:
Classical Indian Dance
Fashion Show, Part 1
Bangladeshi Dance (Punjabi Wedding)
New Zealand Haka
Fashion Show, Part 2
AboutLawrenceUniversity Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.
More than 120 students representing nearly 40 countries will showcase traditional dances and music of their homelands in Lawrence University’s 37th annual International Cabaret.
Under the theme “Uncover Secrets of the World,” the cabaret will be performed in Stansbury Theatre of Lawrence’s Music-Drama Center April 20 at 6:30 p.m. and April 21 at 3 p.m.
An international buffet featuring Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mexican and Peruvian dishes as well as a French-Canadian dessert will be served following Sunday’s performance in the Warch Campus Center.
Tickets, at $10 for the show, $20 for show and dinner, are available at the Warch Campus Center information desk, 920-832-6837. Children under age four receive free admission.
“The international students at Lawrence always look forward to the opportunity to share part of our homeland heritage and traditions with the campus and Fox Cities communities,” said junior Vicky Jhong Chung of Peru, president of Lawrence International. “Cabaret provides an ideal venue to showcase our diversity.”
The event features more than a dozen acts providing entertainment from around the world, including: • a fashion show displaying traditional dress from the countries represented • Japanese traditional dance • Latin dance • Vietnamese Fan Dance • Israeli Dance • Brazilian song • Chinese long-sleeve dance • Balinese dance • Aztec dance • Pakistani dance • Bollywood dance • Gangnam style dance • Tanzanian song • Indian dance solo • Music by the Sambistas, an Afro-Cuban percussionist, West African drums
With a theme of “Around the World in 90 Minutes,” more than 80 Lawrence University students promise a whirlwind global tour in two performances of Lawrence International’s 34th annual Cabaret Saturday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday April 11 at 3 p.m. in Stansbury Theatre of the Music-Drama Center, 420 E. College Ave. A buffet dinner featuring international dishes will be served in the Warch Campus Center following the Sunday performance.
Tickets, at $8 for the show and $15 for the show and dinner, are available through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749. Children four and under are free.
“Cabaret is a unique and entertaining way to experience the music, dance, food and fashion of cultures from around the world,” said Tim Schmidt, Lawrence International advisor. “The students put so much of themselves into this every year and are so proud to share part of their culture. I encourage the Lawrence and Fox Valley community to join us and see first-hand all that Cabaret has to offer.”
Students will showcase traditional fashion from their native countries as well as perform a wide range of entertainment, including native dances from China, Japan, Latin America, the Subcontinent, Africa and Vietnam, music from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Korea and Brazil and a group didjeridu performance .
APPLETON, WIS. — More than 80 students from around the world are scheduled to perform when Lawrence International presents its 33rd annual Cabaret — “A Window to the World” — Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. A buffet dinner featuring delectable international dishes will be served in Colman Hall following the performance.
Tickets, at $10 for the show and $15 for the show and dinner, are available through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749. Children 6 and under are free.
“Cabaret is a vibrant celebration of life through music, song, dance and cuisine from around the world,” said Tim Schmidt, Lawrence International advisor. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Lawrence’s international students to share a part of their own culture and heritage with other members of the campus as well as the greater Fox Valley community.”
This year’s schedule of 17 separate performances include a hip-hop dance-off, a vocal performance from Sudan, a Chinese instrumental performance and native dances from Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Japan, India, Latin America, Ukraine and Vietnam, among others.
The 30th Annual International Cabaret and Dinner is set for 4:00 p.m. April 9 in Stansbury Theatre, located in the Lawrence Music-Drama Center, 420 E. College Ave., Appleton. Lawrence International Student Organization is hosting the event
The cabaret is an occasion to celebrate life though music, dance, and cuisine from around the world. With that in mind, the theme for this year’s student-coordinated extravaganza is “Festival of Life.” This year’s show will include over 75 performers and 16 performances from every continent making it one of the biggest cabarets in recent memory at Lawrence. Popular dances such as the subcontinental dance, the belly dance from the Middle East, and dances from Africa are back again this year, along with new dances such as the Cossack dance from Russia, and the cha-cha.
An international dinner will follow the performance at Lucinda’s in Colman Hall. The menu includes a variety of dishes from the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Africa, making it an excellent opportunity to experience a variety of dishes from around the world.
Tickets are $7 for the show only, and $12 for dinner and the show. Tickets are available at the Lawrence University Box Office, located in the Music-Drama Center, or by phone at 920-832-6749, beginning March 27.