From Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts: Events

From Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Bard Fisher Center for the performing Arts


Andrew Schneider
Preview performances
Live Arts Bard commission
October 12–14

“Hallucinatory. Psychotropic. Miraculous.” —The New York Times on AFTER

What does it mean to be here and now?

Interactive media artist Andrew Schneider and recurring collaborators create a performance cartography of the all-too-fleeting revelations, narratives, and emotional interactions flooding our bodies and brains every second of every day. Employing an array of bold, sensory effects to transform the theater, NERVOUS/SYSTEM short-circuits our perspectives, decoding the stories we miss each time we blink.

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China Now Music Festival
Facing the Past, Looking to the Future: Chinese Composers in the 21st Century

October 19

The Orchestra Now performs world-premiere performances of commissioned works by composers from the Central Conservatory of Beijing.

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Photo by Teju Cole

Vijay Iyer and Teju Cole
Blind Spot
October 26

“No one in jazz sounds like Iyer.” —Chicago Tribune

Photography exhibit meets book reading meets jazz concert. Blind Spot investigates humanity’s blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history.

A book and album signing with the artists will follow the performance.

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Photo by Chris Kayden

Fisher Center in NYC
Live Arts Bard Commission
Tere O’Connor: Long Run
NYU Skirball
October 12–13

Don’t miss this New York Times pick—one of “39 Dance Performances to See This Fall”!
Tere O’Connor “exposes raw emotion by pushing the limits of velocity and duration in Long Run, in which eight dancers fight to reach a state of calm.” —New York Times

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About Us
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, designed by Frank Gehry, illustrates the College’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. The Center’s adventurous programs and world-class facilities provide an outstanding environment in which to create, perform, learn, and experience. The Center bears the name of Richard B. Fisher, the former chair of Bard’s Board of Trustees. This magnificent building and the extraordinary arts experiences that take place within it are a tribute to his vision, generosity, and leadership.

The mission of the Fisher Center is to:

bring leading artists to the Hudson Valley to engage with the public and the College;
produce and present adventurous and in-depth programs, including new, rare, and undiscovered works;
support the development of new work by artists at all stages of their careers; and
provide a home for Bard student and faculty work in the performing arts.

Bard College seeks to inspire curiosity, a love of learning, idealism, and a commitment to the link between higher education and civic participation. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to address central, enduring questions facing succeeding generations of students. Academic disciplines are interconnected through multidisciplinary programs; a balance in the curriculum is sought between general education and individual specialization. Students pursue a rigorous course of study reflecting diverse traditions of scholarship, research, speculation, and artistic expression. They engage philosophies of human existence, theories of human behavior and society, the making of art, and the study of the humanities, science, nature, and history.

Bard’s approach to learning focuses on the individual, primarily through small group seminars. These are structured to encourage thoughtful, critical discourse in an inclusive environment. Faculty are active in their fields and stress the connection between the contemplative life of the mind and active engagement outside the classroom. They strive to foster rigorous and free inquiry, intellectual ambition, and creativity.

Bard acts at the intersection of education and civil society, extending liberal arts and sciences education to communities in which it has been underdeveloped, inaccessible, or absent. Through its undergraduate college, distinctive graduate programs, commitment to the fine and performing arts, civic and public engagement programs, and network of international dual-degree partnerships, early colleges, and prison education initiatives, Bard offers unique opportunities for students and faculty to study, experience, and realize the principle that higher-education institutions can and should operate in the public interest.

The Bard College of today reflects in many ways its varied past.
Bard was founded as St. Stephen’s College in 1860, a time of national crisis. While there are no written records of the founders’ attitude toward the Civil War, a passage from the College’s catalogue of 1943 applies also to the time of the institution’s establishment:

“While the immediate demands in education are for the training of men for the war effort, liberal education in America must be preserved as an important value in the civilization for which the War is being fought. . . . Since education, like life itself, is a continuous process of growth and effort, the student has to be trained to comprehend and foster his own growth and direct his own efforts.”

This philosophy molded the College during its early years and continues to inform its academic aims.

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