Ping Chong's highly acclaimed dance theatrework After Sorrow will open the 1997-1998 Hamilton Performing ArtsSeries at Hamilton College.

The performance will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m, in Wellin Hallof the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

Other performances in the five-part series include: Inti-Illimani, Friday,Nov. 7; Ulali, Friday, Jan. 23; The Secret Garden, Thursday, Feb. 19;and The Carnatic Music Ensemble, Friday, April 17.

Series subscriptions are $40 for the general public and $10 for students.Individual performance tickets are $15 and $5 for students. All performanceswill take place in Wellin Hall. For more information call 859-4350.

Ping Chong's After Sorrow (Viet Nam) is a performance art piece thatexplores the effects of history, culture and ethnicity on the lives ofindividuals in a community. The work is choreographed and performed by MunaTseng, with music by Josef Fung. Recognized as one of the most creativecontemporary theatre artists in America today, Chong uses humor, allegory andspectacle, dance and music in the innovative dance theatre work. The productionis made possible in part by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation inpartnership with the New York State Council on the Arts and the NationalEndowment for the Arts.

Founded in 1967, the Chilean group Inti-Illimani blends traditional LatinAmerican folk music and contemporary musical styles in creating nuevacanción, the Latin American tradition of political song.Performing on more than 30 wind, string and percussion instruments, the groupregularly tours Europe, North, Central and South America, Japan and Australia.They have worked with artists such as Pete Seeger, John Williams and Paco Pena,and have appeared on Amnesty International concert stages. Called a "powerfulcultural symbol of the struggle for freedom and justice in Latin America,"Inti-Illimani's versatile music entertains and inspires.

Ulali is a trio of Native American women a cappella singers whosesweeping sound evolves from a blending of traditional and contemporaryindigenous music of the Americas. Pura Fe, Soni Moreno Ciballero and JenniferKreisberg remain true to their native aesthetic, while employing harmonic anddynamic techniques from blues, R&B, jazz and rock music. The group wasfeatured on the soundtrack of the Turner documentary series, The NativeAmericans, and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Theyhave performed at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival andhave appeared with top rock and alternative acts throughout the country.Oakland Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ronn Guidi, presents a magicalevening for the entire family. Adapted from the Frances Hodgson Burnettchildren's classic and set to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, the newfull-length ballet, The Secret Garden is a Victorian-era story come tolife. In Oakland Ballet's enchanting production, audiences of all ages willrelive the reawakening of the secret garden and the rebirth of a family.

Oakland Ballet was founded in Oakland, Calif., in 1965. The company hasgained a daring reputation for its diversity of dancers and bold repertory. Ithas been internationally recognized for preserving ballet masterworks and forits presentation of innovative, contemporary choreography. TheCarnatic Music Ensemble, comprised of Dr. Frank Bennett, Geetha RamanathanBennett and Rusty Gillette, perform one of the oldest musical styles in theworld. Carnatic music, the classical music of South India, dates back severalthousand years. It features delicate quarter tones and sliding and slurringsubtleties that are not found in the music of any other part of the world. Itis also based on melodic forms and rhythmic cycles. The ensemble performs on avariety of instruments, including the veena, a large lute; the mrdangam, abarrel-shaped drum; and the ghatam, a specially constructed clay pot.

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