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The Realm of Unity: Lawrence International Cabaret celebrates the richness of diversity

More than 120 students from around the world will share the richness of their diverse heritage April 7-8 in two family-friendly performances of Lawrence University’s 42nd annual International Cabaret.

A singer and a guitar player
Songs from the students’ homeland are always part of the International Cabaret performance.

Representing more than 30 countries, Lawrence students showcase their native cultures through dance, music and fashion in performances Saturday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in Stansbury Theatre of the Music-Drama Center. A free reception follows Sunday’s performance in the Warch Campus Center.

This year’s theme for Cabaret, “The Realm of Unity: United in our Difference.”

Tickets, at $10 for adults, $5 for students/children (age four and under are free), are available through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749. In addition to its normal hours, the box office will be open one hour prior to Sunday’s performance.

Junior Binita Rajbhandari, president of the student organization Lawrence International, which organizes the annual Cabaret, says it is the students’ differences that actually unite them.

“The world sires a myriad of cultures,” said Rajbhandari. “We are from different backgrounds and are all different, yet we are all the same in this regard. Lawrence International believes that, while we are diverse, we should also be united because of our differences. Cabaret is possible because of our differences in backgrounds, strengths and roles.

Rajbhandari calls Cabaret “a must-see event.”

International Cabaret fashion show (China)
A fashion show showcasing traditional garb from the students’ home country is a popular feature of the annual International Cabaret.

“Students put an enormous amount of work into this in order to share their cultures with others,” she said. “It’s surreal to see how much dedication each student has to share their culture and at the same time learn something about a new culture.”

This year’s Cabaret features 15 acts and two fashion shows of colorful, traditional dress. Among the performances will be a traditional Greek folklore dance, an acoustic rendition of a modern Nepalese rock song, a Mariachi band, a Croatian song, a Jordanian version of an Eastern Arab dance, both a traditional and a modern Japanese dance, a popular love song from Ecuadorian folklore and the always popular, high-energy series of South Korean K-pop dances.

About Lawrence University
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 book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.”  Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

 

The Garden of Humanity: Lawrence International Cabaret celebrates the beauty of diversity

The beauty and richness of the world’s diverse heritage will be celebrated April 8-9 in two performances of Lawrence University’s 41st annual International Cabaret.A photo of Japanese dancers in traditional clothing.

Representing more than 30 countries, 125 Lawrence students showcase their native cultures through dance, music and fashion in performances Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in Stansbury Theatre of the Music-Drama Center. A free reception follows Sunday’s performance at 5 p.m. in the Warch Campus Center.

Tickets, at $10 for adults, $5 for students/children (age four and under are free), are available online  or through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749. In addition to its normal hours, the box office will be open one hour prior to Sunday’s performance.

This year’s theme for Cabaret, “The Garden of Humanity,” reflects the organizers vision of people of different races and cultures as flowers, each uniquely beautiful in their own individual way.

A black student singing wearing traditional African clothing.“For the international community at Lawrence, Cabaret gives us an incredible opportunity to show a little glimpse of where we are from and encourage others to learn more about it,” said Tamanna Akram, a junior from Dhaka, Bangladesh and current president of Lawrence International.

“Everyone involved puts in an enormous amount of time and effort to share a piece of their culture,” Akram added. “It’s amazing to see how involved everyone is as they work together as a team for months to make this show a success. It is a collaborative effort by Lawrentians with different interests and backgrounds, but when they take the stage, they have one goal: to make Cabaret a success.”

In addition to a pair of fashion shows featuring traditional clothing from the students’ home countries, Cabaret will include 14 performances.

Among this years acts will be “Ode to Beauty,” a dance that will transport the audience to the beauty of the southern Yangtze River in China, a singer-pianist duo performing a German song that incorporates lyrics from many famous songs, Nepalese dances that fuse folk, traditional and modern styles, a song that melds elements of classical Indian music with modern, fast-paced rhythms, the totem birds dance, which celebrates the rich history of the Vietnamese agrarian society and the always-popular K-pop dance showcasing modern Korean dance.

About Lawrence University
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 book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.”  Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.