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All the world’s a stage: International Cabaret celebrates world culture

Cabaret-Japanese-Dancers_newsblogNearly 100 Lawrence University students representing more than 20 countries will provide a cross-cultural trip around the world in a pair of weekend shows for the college’s 39th annual International Cabaret.

With the theme “All the World’s a Stage,” students will showcase their native culture in performances Saturday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in Stansbury Theatre of the Music-Drama Center. A free reception in the Warch Campus Center will follow Sunday’s performance.

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

This year’s Cabaret features singing and dancing performances as well as two fashion shows with students modeling traditional clothing from their native countries. For the first time, Cabaret will include Duo Acro Balance, a performance that incorporates circus arts to illustrate the complex relationship with oneself.  It features stylistic movements that showcase the blending of the artists’ training in traditional Mongolian contortion with modern Western theatrical movement.

Cabaret-Dancer_newsblog2This year’s  scheduled entertainment includes:

a Vietnamese dance originating from the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The dance’s name translates to “Calling for the Rain,” and was used to communicate with God during a drought.

  an Indian classical song from Northern India. Hindustani music dates back nearly 3,000 years.

Viva Santa Cruz Dance, a dance from East Bolivia. Called Taquirari, this dance is typically performed for Carnival.

a Korean history dance, an example of the dancing history of popular Korean culture, dating back to the 14th century.

a traditional Hawaiian song and dance.

a Japanese dance

a Russian song

  a Chinese dance

A traditional Bengali song from Bangladesh.

  a Ghanian Denkyem dance.

fashion shows featuring clothing from Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

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World Culture, Fashion Celebrated in Annual International Cabaret

More than 100 Lawrence University students from around the globe will perform during the 35th annual Lawrence International Cabaret, a musical celebration of world culture.

With a theme of “Unity in 57” — a salute to the 57 countries represented in the Lawrence student body — two performances will be staged in Stansbury Theatre of the Music-Drama Center: Saturday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. A buffet dinner featuring international dishes will be served in the Warch Campus Center following the Sunday performance. In keeping with the theme, the dinner promises 57 ingredients.

Tickets, at $8 for the performance only and $17 for the show and dinner, are available through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749.  Children four and under are free.

This year’s Cabaret also will include some fund-raising activities to support victims of the floods in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and various campus organizations involved in humanitarian projects, such as Globemed, which supports a children’s school and health care facility in Ecuador.

“We want to broaden the reach of Lawrence International to be an organization that’s more than just a tableau of cultures,” said LI President Siddhant Dayal, a senior from Mumbai, India. “We want to be an organization that makes a positive difference around the world, especially in the home countries of our students.”

Cabaret features nearly two dozen acts, including a pair of fashion shows highlighting the colorful dress of students’ native countries, music from Bali, Brazil, Ghana and Japan as well as traditional dance performances from Belarus, the Caribbean, China, Ethiopia, Japan, Ghana, the Indian Subcontinent and Latin America.