Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas Illumina Live Wednesday, Sep 3
(8 p.m.) Location: Activity Center Gym.

Presented by the Student Union and Activities Advisory Board, Student Organization Forum, Student Government Association and School of Arts and Humanities, Illumina Live is a dance party featuring talented DJs, state-of-the-art sound, light and laser shows and a wide array of live entertainment, including aerialists, acrobats, dancers, vocalists, hoop and fire performers. 

Indian Classical Music Circle: India Dance Festival Saturday, Sep 6
(7:30 p.m.) Location: University Theatre.

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India Dance Festival will present several fine dance performances by some of the leading artists featuring Odissi and Kathak styles. Kathak, the dance style from north India has the charm and subtlety associated with miniature paintings. Nurtured in the holy precincts of the Hindu temples Kathak was further enhanced with Persian influence during the Mogul reign in India. Over the centuries, it has attained refinement and enriched itself by the establishment of distinct styles and gharanas. Odissi, a recognized form of Indian classical dance, is from the eastern state of Orissa. Odissi dates back to 2nd century B.C. and is well known for its grace, fluid movements and strong footwork. Odissi postures can be seen in the sculptures of ancient Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist temples and caves of Orissa. 

Kaustavi Sarkar; winner of prominent awards including Singar-Mani, Nalanda-NrityaNipuna, Odissi-Jyoti and researcher at Ohio State University; is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, dance-scholar and educator, performing and teaching well over the past decade. Recognized as one of leading Odissi dance exponents, she is nominated as an Indian national fellow working on meaning-making processes in dance studies as pertaining to South Asian dance. She is the Artistic Director of an organization called Multicultural Center for Embodied Aesthetics, International Outreach and Social Activism (MCCA) and founded the initiative called Odissi at Ohio State (O2). Kaustavi regularly presents her scholarly work as well as her creative work in dance conferences, festivals and conducts master-classes/ lecture-demonstrations across universities in Europe and America. Currently, Kaustavi teaches Odissi at the Ohio State University. Actively involved in the diasporic Indian community, Kaustavi is dedicated to a life engaged in scholarship, performance, pedagogy, leadership and activism. She has an Master of Science in Economics with specialization in Finance and has worked in New York, Kolkata and Mumbai as a financial analyst for over eight years.


Prerana Deshpande is among the leading complete solo Kathak dancers of her generation. Prerana is regarded for her exquisite command over the fundamentals of Kathak - Rhythm, Grace, & Expression and for her creativity rooted in the tradition of this dance form. Greatly appreciated by all audiences for her expertise in Kathak, she is regularly invited to perform as a solo artist at all major venues and festivals in India and abroad. Prerana is a first student of Dr. Rohini Bhate. Before learning from Rohiniji for past 22 years, she learnt for about 8 years from Smt. Sharadini Gole. Recipient of numerous awards, Prerana has been felicitated by legendary Pt. Birju Maharaj with 'Gaurav Puruskar'. Prerana has also been honored with the title of 'Nrityashri' and was conferred the title of 'Singar Mani' by the Sur Singar Samsad of Mumbai. 

Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story Sunday, Sep 7
(3 p.m.) Location: Alexander Clark Center.

This harrowing tale of an Indian-American Muslim woman who worked as a British spy in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II was directed by Emmy Award-winner Rob Gardner. There will be a movie screening at 3 p.m. followed by a panel discussion. 

Satellites by Christopher Blay Saturday, Aug 23 - Saturday, Sep 20 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug 23, 8 - 10 pm

800 Exposition Ave
Dallas, Texas 75226

The Liberian-born artist Christopher Blay, who is currently an artist-in-residence at CentralTrak presents his most recent body of sculptural installation at CentralTrak’s exhibition space opening on August 23. Conceived as an effort to coax reciprocation from a visual art audience, Blay’s exhibition “Satellites” focuses attention on the often one-sidedness of the visual art experience. Performers doing theater have the benefit of a live audience who generate real-time reaction, but visual artists rarely get feedback or immediate responses. Art is a form of communication but that does not guarantee or equate to an audible response back to the artist. As Blay puts it, “I’ve had a few conversations recently that made me think about how our work as artists, and how we communicate with audiences outside the world of art. We put a lot of research and time into making work, so it’s not unreasonable that we have a certain expectation that our audiences reciprocate, but I sometimes wonder if our communication is a closed loop.”

This installation hints at a high-tech world with decidedly low-tech materials. Blay constructs facsimile communication satellite equipment using cheap umbrellas and windshield sunscreens. There is wonderful ingenuity in reinventing these objects, up-cycling their materials into portraits of more fanciful objects. Blay’s past oeuvre includes creating a “spaceship”, a “time machine” as well as a version of Noah’s ark.

Blay is a current artist-in-residence at CentralTrak and was the recipient of the Meadows Museum of Art’s Moss/Chumley Award in 2013, a prize that acknowledges both an exceptional body of work produced as an artist and meaningful and generous involvement in the arts community.

Christopher Blay is a North Texas artist with a B.F.A. in photography from Texas Christian University. He founded the Group f8 photography collective in Fort Worth in 2000 and works primarily as an installation artist, with an eye towards institutional critique. His work incorporates video, sculpture and performance, (notably as Frank Artsmarter and DJ lo rez).

Blay recently received a Fort Worth Public Art commission for the Rosedale/ Evans Avenue neighborhood, to be completed in 2015. Among his other works, The Ark on Noah Street (a NEA funded work in the Historic 10th Street district of Dallas) will be presented at the 2014conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in Nova Scotia. Other recent projects include Dear House, The Artists Commission at Gray Matters Gallery story projects in Haltom City, Keller, and Southlake, and “Machine Time” at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary.

In 2013, Blay received the SMU Meadows museum’s Moss/Chumley award, given to artists whose works intersect with both the arts and their community. Blay is currently curator of Tarrant County College’s Art Corridor Gallery


CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts.  As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.  While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.


CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.




Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.

Admission: Free

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