Now is the time to check out DIY/XX, Self-published graphic novels, mini comics and zines by women! The exhibition is FREE and now open to the public! Highlighting the work of women, this exhibition is curated by Tom Greensfelder and includes pieces of writing, drawing, and DIY Read more

Review and Reflect With Us!

Our Faculty Biennial: Review Reflect will be running until December 7th in the Newhart Promenade. Head on over to see the past and present works of the Loyola Fine Arts Faculty. All of the works will be displayed in with FREE access for all with public viewing hours Wednesday-Friday from 1-5 Read more

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Loyola’s Inaugural Dance on Film Festival

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This year will mark the first Dance Film Festival presented by the Dance Division in Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Now is your chance to participate in screenings, lectures, and demonstrations with innovative artists working in this exciting medium. All events are FREE!

14162576676_87b30c5a1b_zBelow is a list of scheduled events:

Thursday, November 6th 4:15-5:45, Mundelein Center Rm 409.
Cara Scrementi, a graduate teaching artist at University of California, Irvine will present a lecture on the history of dance film as well as a context for current innovations in the field. Cara graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago and was the recipient of Loyola’s Dance Minor of the Year award. Cara is a Co-Director of the After School Matters Dance Ensemble and video editor for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She will be joined by Sarah Prinz, a Loyola dance minor in production on her own dance film Equivalence a short piece on gender equality aiming to educate and inspire women with self-embodiment, educated self-perception, and freedom of individual will.

Friday, November 7th 2:45-4:15, Mundelein Center Rm 409.
The Dance Division will host Janet Soares and Greg VanderVeer to present their film on legendary dance educator, Martha Hill. Click here for more information.

Saturday, November 8th 5:30-7:30, Mundelein Center Rm 409.
This event includes light hors d’oeuvres during a reception and sneak peek at the new dance documentary created by Aaron Greer, director of the Loyola film studies program, and School of Communication film students in collaboration with Amy Wilkinson, dance faculty, and the cast of Gather Up the Fragments. The film explores the choreographic process with a focus on the creation of an original work investigating Shaker culture and design innovation. The full piece will be presented at Loyola’s Mainstage Dance Performance February 12-15, 2015 and as part of a March 2015 installation at the Loyola Museum of Art.

William Ferris Chorale Concert Dates

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11414131715_80de4b5658_zThe William Ferris Chorale celebrates its 43rd anniversary this season. Music Director Paul French will conduct the season concerts in Loyola’s Madonna della Strada Chapel as well as Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington, La Grange, and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Tickets are available on the Chorale’s website or by calling 773-508-2940. Discounted tickets are available for groups, senior citizens, students, and school aged children.

Concert dates include:

December 7, 2014 2:30 p.m.: Madonna della Strada Chapel

December 13, 2014 3:00 p.m.: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

December 14, 2014 3:00 p.m.: Emmanuel Episcopal Church

February 28, 2015 7:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

March 1, 2015 3:00 p.m.: Emmanuel Episcopal Church

April 11, 2015 7:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church


NOW WE MAKE MIRTH (December 7, 13, & 14, 2014)

The holiday season will not be complete without the Chorale’s popular Christmas concert. In addition to delightful carol arrangements and festive polyphony, this year’s “discovery” is the American premiere of South African composer Jean Joubert’s thrilling Five Songs of Incarnation.


TWO ITALIAN REQUIEMS (February 28, & March 1, 2015)

Two requiems from post-World War One Italy: The American Premier of Bonaventura Somma’s Missa pro Defunctis, and the Chicago premiere of Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Messa di Requiem. The lush harmonic palette of these unaccompanied works, is reminiscent of Puccini and Respighi delivering an impact both powerful and immediate.



Dynamic, young classical guitarist You Wang joins the Chorale for the season’s final concert. The centerpiece of this contemporary Cuban and Spanish romp is Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s impassioned Romancero Gitano. You’ll be dancing the tango all the way home!


Welcome to the House of Bernarda Alba

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Hi there! My name is Tanner Walters, and I am the Assistant Director and Dramaturg for Loyola’s production of The House of Bernarda Alba.

The House of Bernada Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca is set in rural Spain in 1936, in the home of the formidable Bernarda Alba, who rules over her adult daughters with an iron fist. The sisters have just begun their eight-year period of mourning after the death of their father, and are told by their mother: “Pretend we bricked up all the doors and windows!” As you can imagine, problems arise — but I won’t spoil anything for you!

The play was written at the onset of the Spanish Civil War. This was a conflict between the conservative Nationalists (backed by rich landowners, the Catholic Church, and the military) and the Republic, supported by the poor, socialists, and intellectuals like Lorca. Though Bernarda Alba was finished before the war played out, the issues and tensions very much exist in the lives of the women in the play.

A unique part of working with a play in translation is that it gives us the opportunity to examine how other translators interpret the original Spanish. While we chose a translation written by Emily Mann, known for its simplicity and faithfulness to the original Spanish, we have been referencing a translation by David Hare. This, in addition to the Spanish, gives the actresses a chance to find different meanings and layers to the text. We’ve found that the understanding the choices made be different translators gives our actresses more specific choices that are supported by our translation. 

Apart from the language itself, the Spanish culture itself adds another rich layer to the play. We have been working on immersing ourselves in this culture to add authenticity to the women in the show. We got the chance to speak to Loyola’s Jesuit music director, Father Charles, to get a brief Catholicism 101. He filled us in on Catholic rituals that would have been a part of their everyday lives, and thankfully made sure we were all doing the sign of the cross correctly.

We also had the opportunity to bring in Irma Suarez Ruiz, a talented Spanish flamenco dancer from the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, to teach our actresses a flamenco dance. This really let them tap into the Spanish sensuality that permeates the play. As our instructor said, “There’s no room for humility in Spanish dance!” Turns out, we have some natural flamenco dancers in the cast! Now, we have incorporated flamenco into the actresses’ daily warm-up.

Flamenco Dancers

Stay tuned for more updates from Andalusia! For tickets to the show, click here!

Tanner Walters