Ping Chong's highly acclaimed dance theatre work After Sorrow will open the 1997-1998 Hamilton Performing Arts Series at Hamilton College.

The performance will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m, in Wellin Hall of 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 performances will take place in Wellin Hall. For more information call 859-4350.

Ping Chong's After Sorrow (Viet Nam) is a performance art piece that explores the effects of history, culture and ethnicity on the lives of individuals in a community. The work is choreographed and performed by Muna Tseng, with music by Josef Fung. Recognized as one of the most creative contemporary theatre artists in America today, Chong uses humor, allegory and spectacle, dance and music in the innovative dance theatre work. The production is made possible in part by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Founded in 1967, the Chilean group Inti-Illimani blends traditional Latin American folk music and contemporary musical styles in creating nueva canción, the Latin American tradition of political song. Performing on more than 30 wind, string and percussion instruments, the group regularly 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 "powerful cultural 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 whose sweeping sound evolves from a blending of traditional and contemporary indigenous music of the Americas. Pura Fe, Soni Moreno Ciballero and Jennifer Kreisberg remain true to their native aesthetic, while employing harmonic and dynamic techniques from blues, R&B, jazz and rock music. The group was featured on the soundtrack of the Turner documentary series, The Native Americans, and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They have performed at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and have appeared with top rock and alternative acts throughout the country. Oakland Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ronn Guidi, presents a magical evening for the entire family. Adapted from the Frances Hodgson Burnett children's classic and set to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, the new full-length ballet, The Secret Garden is a Victorian-era story come to life. In Oakland Ballet's enchanting production, audiences of all ages will relive the reawakening of the secret garden and the rebirth of a family.

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

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