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June 18, 2013

OUT OF THE BOX: NAHS students to perform for Public Art Walk

Event is Saturday evening in New Albany

NEW ALBANY — Along with the sculptures of metal, wood and other media, New Albany Public Art Walkers will see a little movement at some of the city’s installations Saturday.

Seven students from New Albany High School’s theater arts department will perform interpretive dramatic pieces during the Public Art Walk through downtown.

Though the play at “The Stage New Albany Built,” installed at Riverview Towers, isn’t in the same vein as what some of the school’s theater-goers are used to, incoming sophomore Jack Amend said it’s still an interesting look how actors can manifest theater.

“It’s different from what the department was doing before, but it’s still theater,” Amend said. “It can all be shown in different ways.”

Without dialogue and only through movement, theater director Gina Cisto said that short play is based on the sculpture where students will perform. With one side neatly built and the other more abstract, she said themes of order and chaos coming together are the focus of the piece she made with her students.

“Seeing that we culminate in the center of the piece shows that we all come together in the center,” Cisto said. “Meeting in the at the center of two polarities that allow the artistic expression to flow — that shows where art is, where it comes from.”

Nick Johnson, an incoming junior, said showing how differing ideas or groups can work together is another interpretive part of the piece.

“This piece is really about people from two different worlds coming together,” Johnson said.

Karen Gillenwater, curator of the Carnegie Center for Art and History, said after working with art students in Kevin Shultz’s class at the school, she wanted to look at other ways to incorporate visual arts students. She said getting local students involved was a good way to incorporate the rest of the community into the project.

The students will also do pop-up performances along the route of the walk from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., as well as a group performance at 9 p.m. at “New Albany Now” installed at Wick’s Pizza.

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