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Film & Dance

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Film Screenings:

Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid

Saturday, February 18, Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20; 1, 1:30, & 2 p.m.
In Ross Hall

Learn the intriguing life process—from flower to pantry—of the world's favorite flavor. This scenic film examines the full-year cycle of this spice from Veracruz, Mexico. The orchid is still cultivated by the same indigenous people who have been growing it for centuries. The film is directed by Curtis Craven and runs 26 minutes.

Film Screening: Adaptation

Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26; 2 p.m.
In Ross Hall

In this popular 2002 feature film inspired by Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief, Nicolas Cage plays Charlie Kaufman, a lovelorn L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, self-loathing, and the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother, Donald (also Cage). While struggling to adapt The Orchid Thief by Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean, and John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the orchid poacher and subject of the book, become strangely intertwined as each one's obsession collides with those of the others. (114 minutes, Rated R)

Magical Thailand—A Journey with the Somapa Thai Dance Co.

Saturdays & Sundays, March 4–April 9
Performances at 1 & 3 p.m.
In Ross Hall, or seasonally in Conservatory Plaza

The Somapa Thai Dance Company takes you on a journey to experience beautiful and magical Thailand! The Washington, D.C. based dance company introduces you to Thai performing arts and culture by performing graceful classical and folk dances from various parts of Thailand.
Learn more about the Somapa Thai Dance Company.

The Somapa Thai Dance Company

The Somapa Thai Dance Company, based in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, has been actively giving performances, presentations, classes, and workshops since 1999.

Key performers have over 30 years of performance experience, having been trained in Thailand with the most celebrated dance masters including National Artists and others from the prestigious Department of Fine Arts in Bangkok, Thailand. The group has performed extensively in the D.C. Metropolitan area and has been invited to perform in many prestigious locations in the U.S. and outside the U.S.

The Somapa Thai Dance Company's mission is to preserve and promote Thai culture and arts in the Americas. Through performances and workshops, the Company hopes to encourage understanding and appreciation of the arts between people of different countries, cultures and ethnicities in the communities in which we are invited.

About the Poet

As a child in Sonoma, California, Ada Limón was greatly influenced by the visual arts and artists, including her mother, Stacia Brady. In 2001, she received an M.F.A. from the Creative Writing Program at New York University.

Her first collection of poetry, Lucky Wreck (Autumn House Press, 2006), was the winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize. She is also the author of This Big Fake World (Pearl Editions, 2006), winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize, and Sharks in the Rivers (Milkweed Editions, 2010). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, the Harvard Review, and Pleiades.

A 2001–2002 fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, she has also received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry. She splits her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.