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22-23 Season

William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", Stephen Sondheim's "Company", The Orchesis Dance Company's "Falling Forward", and Marisela Treviño Orta's "Somewhere"

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Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Twelfth Night examines Love and Loss, in their many different incarnations. Most of the major characters in the play experience one or the other—and a few of them experience both. It is a tale filled with adventure and intrigue as Viola disguises herself in the foreign country of Illyria, while she mourns the loss of her brother. She falls in love, people fall in love with her, and a variety of machinations with some very foolish characters occur along the way to a mostly happy conclusion.

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Orchesis Dance Company Documentary

Watch the Orchesis Dance Company create a full production, from first auditions to the final performance.

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Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea

What are the stories we tell ourselves about love? Dolan, a narrator who bears an uncanny resemblance to author Hans Christian Andersen, tries to tell a simple and sweet story about a rain cloud who falls to Earth when they become enamored with a human. But characters in the story keep turning into figures from Dolan’s own history of turbulent relationships, blending fantasy and reality.

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Working

This 2012 Musical Revival amplifies the American worker's story, highlighting the hopes, dreams, dignity, and sense of purpose shared by the modern workforce. Working is based on Pulitzer prize-winning author Studs Terkel's best-selling book. This sincere and captivating musical weaves together a collection of monologues and songs written by various composers/lyrists, including Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Craig Carnelia, and James Taylor.

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Writer's Block

Have you ever wondered where stories come from? Journey with us to find out how the Sparks work their magic at StoryCorp. They churn out page after page, volume after volume, of your most beloved tales. From Romeo and Juliet to Transformers, they've thought of it all and deposited their ideas straight into the brains of the world's most brilliant storytellers!

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50 - Orchesis Dance Company

"50" celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company

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Last Five Years

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Our Town

This reimagining of Wilder’s classic story is a remarkably universal, yet personal portrait of our collective humanity; an American tale about family, love, death, and a life worth living.

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Lysistrata

The premiere “make-love-not-war” play — Lysistrata, weary of the endless Peloponnesian War, persuades the other women of Greece to stage a sex strike against their husbands.

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Trust Fall

Daedalus is a gifted sculptor and celebrated inventor who designed the labyrinth. The real source of Daedalus’ inspiration, however, is his saucy model, Lydia. His son, Icarus, is a sweet, insightful simpleton. His agent, Takus, is a slick but ineffective capitalist. His most loyal customer, King Minos, plagues him with unusual demands. The adventures of Daedalus lead to imprisonment, a misguided escape and life as a fugitive. A comic saga of a man who creates problems that others must solve.

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The Tempest

A distant island… a storm… a shipwreck… and some magic in this reimagining of Shakespeare’s classical play.

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Stop Kiss

Diana Son’s moving story of Callie and Sara's unexpected love provides a powerful snapshot of our contemporary landscape.

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

1930s Chicago - the Great Depression has laid waste to the city's grocery business. Along comes Arturo Ui offering small-time protection that quickly transforms into a menacing grab for absolute power.

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Tabula Rasa - Orchesis Dance Concert

No drapes masking the backstage areas – pieces were created in multiple genres that embraced the idea of a blank slate, learned knowledge, and perception.

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Six precocious sixth-graders compete to become champion, while reflecting on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that led them to the Bee.

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4000 Miles

Arriving in New York City, Leo spends a month with his feisty 91 year-old grandmother. Together, the pair navigates a maze of heartbreak, humor, and healing.

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'80s Mix Tape - Orchesis Dance Concert

In this 48th concert, all dances were choreographed to music recorded between 1980 and 1989! 80's Mix Tape featured the work of Cal Poly faculty and students, as well guest artists from SLO and beyond.

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Release

The concert will feature 30 students in 11 pieces spanning the genres of modern, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance

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Orchesis Dance Company

Founded in 1969, Orchesis is Cal Poly's oldest concert dance organization. Orchesis provides exciting performing and educational opportunities and develops artistic and personal growth.

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The Other Shore

A narrative and non-verbal performance that highlights the struggle between the collective consciousness and the right to be an individual.

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