Project LOLA: Art+Technology Experiment is moving along!

In these last few weeks, AcA received our LoLa node and configured it in the James Devin Moncus Theater at AcA. Also, LUS Fiber began setting up our Internet2 connection, which has been made possible through LUS Fiber as well as the Edith Garland Dupré Library at the University of

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Project LOLA

Recently, AcA received a grant from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund to launch an experimental project using Low Latency (LoLa) Audio Video Streaming. In partnership with other agencies including LUS Fiber, the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, Chattanooga Public Library, Louisiana Folk Roots, Old Fiddlers’ Association, and University of Louisiana

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Loft Chats with Artist in Residence, Riley McCallum

Issue #1 is an adaptation of comic book themes and designs to a live performance with the use of technological elements. The projects mixes dance, theatre, and live action stunts to create the thrill and fantasy that arises when reading comics. The performance will challenge how the audience interprets life

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Dr. Gerd Wuestemann leaves AcA for new position in Arizona

Dr. Gerd Wuestemann Leaves AcA for New Position in Arizona AcA’s executive director Gerd Wuestemann, D.M.A. has been appointed as the new President & CEO of Scottsdale Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona. AcA announced today that Wuestemann will be departing in March. “This was a very difficult decision”, Wuestemann said, “I

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All Hands on Deck

Opening March 25th, a co-production between Wanderlust Theater Company and The Tea Sippers’ Theater Company, Peter and the Starcatcher. Originally written by written by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, with music by Wayne Barker.   Even in the midst of producing a stage

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Dramatic, Funny, Poignant and Real

Days away from Still, Life: Women of the Bold New Old with Tales to Tell and the actors are giving us a behind the scenes, honest look at the hard work and vulnerability that went into bringing creator Patricia Sidman’s words to life. Still, Life: Women of the Bold New

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Artists & Activists: Celebrating Women Every Day of the Year.

It’s Women’s History Month and while today is no longer March 8, International Women’s Day, we think women deserve to be celebrated and recognized every day for the impact they’ve had on social change. Here are three female artists who have doubled as activists and made waves for conversation and social movement

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Meet The Artists Behind Our Upcoming Residency “Dancing with Aurora Borealis”

Meet The Artists Behind Our Upcoming Residency "Dancing with Aurora Borealis"

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Residency at the Center

Residency at the Center began in 2012 and has hosted ten local artists in the development of original work in visual, performing and media-driven disciplines. What is an Artist in Residence Program? AcA’s residency program helps to build and strengthen the creative community where artists are in residence for three

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With Precision.

Acadiana Center for the Arts is home to a 9ft Yamaha CFX. A grand concert piano, valued at $180,000, it is a character that requires delicate attention on a consistent basis. Sam Whitmire, a local piano guru and technician, partnered with Ace Ugai, a top technician from Yamaha Artist Services

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The Tracks That Brought WEST TRAINZ Back to Its Louisiana Roots

From Quebec to New Orleans and many places far and in-between, Erik West Millette of multimedia group, West Trainz, knows the importance of seeing where you come from. Millette, who has dedicated his life’s work to West Trainz, began the project while traveling by train exploring his family’s roots; roots

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David Egan

David was many things: a fabulous songwriter and lyricist, an incredible pianist and, with his rumbling, low, baritone voice, an inspiring singer. He was a dedicated father and husband and a passionate anti-smoking advocate. He was a powerful, life-long presence in the South Louisiana music community.

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Thank You BODYTRAFFIC

It’s been our mission to find work that is undeniably beautiful and that allows people to find passion, belief, and escape through artistic forms. Through the BODYTRAFFIC Residency at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, expectations were far exceeded.

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For a Few Moments, There was No Talk of Illness or Chemotherapy

Choreographic works of Barak Marshall, Victor Quijada, and Richard Siegal have instilled inspiration, passion, and undeniable emotion in the professional dancers of BODYTRAFFIC. This week, throughout BODYTRAFFIC’s residency in Lafayette, the unique energy and spirit of this organization was felt through multiple outreach projects.  BODYTRAFFIC hosted three master classes for aspiring dancers and visited a PACE 2nd grade classroom of students at

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A Repertory From Today’s Most Distinctive Choreographers

BODYTRAFFIC is known for dynamic theatricality and refreshing abandon. The company has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013 and the “company of the future” by the Joyce Theater Foundation. Known for commissioning today’s most distinctive choreographers, BODYTRAFFIC’s Lafayette debut

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Barak Marshall, Choreographer

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Barak is the son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved. He has recently been appointed artistic director of the Inbal Company and World Arts Centre. Barak is one of Israel’s most celebrated choreographers. Three years after accidentally starting to dance at

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Victor Quijada, Choreographer

Victor’s work eloquently re-imagines, de-constructs, and applies choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics. His vision stretches into the arena of theatrical interpretation, improvisational approaches, and the visual imagery of film. A magnetic and expansive dancer, by age 26, Victor had moved from the

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Richard Siegal, Choreographer

Founder and artistic director of The Bakery, has generated international attention for a body of work that includes music, visual media, choreography, performance, and publications. He has been commissioned by festivals and venues, including Festival d’Automne, Rencontres Chorégraphiques, Ircam, Centre Pompidou, YCAM, Tanz im August, Ballett Frankfurt, Danspace Project, and

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BODYTRAFFIC Education & Outreach Schedule

BODYTRAFFIC is known for dynamic theatricality and refreshing abandon. Based in Los Angeles and founded by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett in 2007, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013 and the “company of the future”

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A Southern Gospel Group Deeply Rooted in African-American History

The Blind Boys of Alabama are a southern gospel group whose music is deeply rooted in African-American History. In the 1940s and 1950s, The Blind Boys of Alabama toured throughout the South during the Jim Crow era and flourished thanks to their unique sound. In the early 1960s, the band

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AcA’s Artist In Residence: Shane Courville

We got a chance to sit down with our Artist in Residence, Shane Courville! It was great to learn just a bit more about him and the fantastic opera he’s composed. Check out the interview transcript below. Your opera, The Return ties into a larger concept being explored by many

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ArtBox Artist Profile: Dirk Guidry

ArtBox artist, Dirk Guidry, is working on a new commissioned mural for the recently remodeled Lafayette, Wyndham Garden Hotel on Pinhook. Painting directly on the walls of the hotel’s restaurant, Guidry visually describes a quintessential Louisiana bayou scene in his unique style. We got a chance to sit down with

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27 Views of Hurricane Katrina

Centenarian, Lucille Malczyk, whose works currently lend their chromatic atmospherics to the stark white walls of AcA’s ArtHouse in her exhibition, A Century of Image Making brings with it a captivating story of an injury, Hurricane Katrina, and an experience that is undoubtedly difficult to describe with words. Malczyk’s daughter,

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Experience Season 5

Here on Vermilion Street we’ve unveiled our 5th season and we couldn’t be more thrilled! A season filled with fantastic musicians, composers, dancers, visual artists, acrobats and much more showcases  the many dimensions of creativity in Acadiana. We can’t wait  for you to experience it. Incredible AllStar artists will take our

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A PLAYful Process

The performance of PLAY opens tomorrow night and that usually means crunch time for all those involved! One of those collaborators is Darolyn Robertson. Darolyn moved back to our community after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. When Darolyn isn’t working on

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PLAYing with Geometry

People usually ask what came first when creating a performance? Was it the choreography, music, costumes, set? Well in this interview, we know the Star Tetrahedron that James Wise designed for the set of PLAY came before the project PLAY! Not sure how they finally found one another, but that

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It’s time to PLAY @ AcA!

We are nearing the end of our AcA performance season and invite you to come and experience PLAY! Through AcA’s program, Residency @ the Center, we offer support to our local community of artists to research, develop and create original work in performance and/or media driven arts. For the past

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Great Opportunities for Artists and Organizations

The mission of Acadiana Center for the Arts is to foster arts and culture in the community. In keeping with that mission, we have fantastic opportunities for local artists and organizations alike. With public art projects like ArtBox, ArtSpark artist stipends, and grant programs like DAF FY 2016, AcA provides a

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A March lineup with a little for everyone

Here at AcA, we’ve got an exciting March ahead. From visual arts to comedic performances, AcA has something to offer for everyone. Drake Pothier Allstate Insurance Agency Presents: The Second City March 3 — 7:30pm Start your month with hilarity as America’s famed comedy troupe, The Second City, comes to

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