Students from Professor Ron Abram’s advanced printmaking classes chose pieces of original music from the festival and responded to them using print media, which were then shown (with headphones, so viewers could partake in the musical inspiration) in Mulberry House.
Professor Sandy Mathern-Smith describes her contribution to the festival as “a choreographic site-based work for eight dancers.” One of those eight dancers, Jessica Merrills ’15, explains what “site-based” means: “We danced on three levels of Bryant, finishing on the lowest level, which was covered in sand, in keeping with the beach theme of Suite to Sea.”
Although they had performed the piece last fall, Merrills found it even more meaningful this time. “The experience of dancing with live musicians of TUTTI’s caliber fed my performance and my connection to the music,” she says, “which made the movements of the dance feel even richer than our first performance.”
Guest composer Mary Ellen Childs worked one-on-one with music students in workshops and symposiums. Artist/designer/teacher and alumna Mad Mohre ’08 visited from Michigan to install an intriguing interactive piece in the Bryant Arts Center titled “In And Around C,” in which ETHEL performed music according to the positions of audience members on a large-scale musical score.
The Available Light Theatre Company hosted an open rehearsal of a newly created production, and the theatre department presented a run of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” One evening on Slayter’s third floor, a TEDx DenisonU event addressed the theme of “Creative Destruction,” with an appearance by New York Times best-selling author and alumna Ann Hagedorn ’71.
With so many creative projects going on at once, excitement caught on across campus. “It’s great to see the liberal arts in action in places like the TUTTI festival,” reflects Tori Newman ’15, “where Denisonians and guests from so many different fields can come together and create something new.”