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WHAT: University of Rochester students, faculty, and staff will celebrate Day of the Arts 2015: Silence, which includes five events centered on the question “What is Silence?” This two-day series explores movement, dance, art, and music. The day is sponsored by UCIS ARTS@UR Cluster, the Art and Art History Department, the Program of Dance and Movement, the International Theatre Program, and Medical Humanities.

TIME, DATE, PLACE: Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9, University of Rochester River Campus. All events are free and open to the public. For additional information visit,

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, April 8

Workshop: Mindfulness and Meditation, 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Spurrier Dance Studio. An experimental class that combines meditation, restorative yoga, and other mindful practices. All levels are welcome.

Films: ‘On the Edge of Self,’ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation, and ‘Soliloquy,’ 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sage Art Center’s AsIs Gallery. Curated by S. Alana Wolf-Johnson, the films explore the concept of silence that fills gaps dividing communication, time, and space. The films will be screened continuously on April 8-9.

Exhibit: “Silence: A Book Showcase,” main floor of Rush Rhees library. A collection of books about silence and our relationship to it will be on display throughout the month of April.

Thursday, April 9

Artist Talk: Inspiration to Production – A look at the process of creating collaborative Interdisciplinary Art, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spurrier Dance Studio. D. Chase Angier, artistic director of Angier Performance Works, will discuss her process and discoveries creating As the Air Moves Back From You, a performance installation involving 10,000 pounds of rice, music, dance, and multimedia projections.

Artist Talk: 5 to 6 p.m., Gowen Room in Wilson Commons. Artist and educator David Griffin will give a talk on his experimental music notation project, which uses a scoring system for silence in performance.

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