The 26th Season brings great performances in music, comedy, dance, and theater, from exemplary traditional performing arts to immersive new experiences. Performances at the forefront of art, science, and technology this season are Japanese performance group Siro-A, newcomer RAIIN Dance Theatre which mixes dance and industrial design, Kid Koala’s robot love story Nufonia Must Fall, groundbreaking guitarist Kaki King, and An Evening of SEAD Artists featuring innovative music and dance performances.
Tickets to individual shows are now on sale online here and at the Ferst Center for the Arts Box Office. For information on purchasing multiple performances, please contact the Ferst Center Box Office at 404-894-9600.
Upright Citizens Brigade
Founded by Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation), Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company performs a night of provocative sketch comedy and absurd improv. An incubation lab for upcoming talent, the cast is hand-picked from the best improv comedians in the country and has included Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Horatio Sanz (SNL), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Bridesmaids), and Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), among many others.
Trumpeter and singer Spencer Ludwig merges jazz and pop style for a sound that simmers and swaggers with soul. Following three years as lead trumpet with indie pop act Capital Cities, the release of the song Diggy in a Target commercial catapulted his career. Coming up this year is the release of his solo debut for Warner Bros. Records, showcasing both his trumpet talents and dynamic, diverse vocals.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the two-time Grammy-winning salsa and Latin jazz band, sets the standard for big band excellence. Directed by world-renowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernández, the 13-member all-star ensemble has reintroduced the classic sounds of New York City salsa to music lovers worldwide.
Groundbreaking visual effects, mime, and a techno soundtrack create a sensational and live entertainment experience. Hailed as Japan’s answer to Blue Man Group, Siro-A amazed the world with their humor-infused Golden Buzzer-winning performance on America’s Got Talent. The production utilizes video-mapping, light animation, laser effects, and 3D video projection with a vast projection screen as a backdrop.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Neo-swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy found fame with their remarkable arrival on the music scene in the swing revival of the 1990s. Co-founded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, the band blends a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland. They will perform on stage with Shimon, Georgia Tech’s music-playing robot.
Adam Ben Ezra
Double-bass phenomenon, multi-instrumentalist, and YouTube sensation Adam Ben Ezra brings the double bass from its status as a background note to a dominant front presence. For the past few years he has explored new directions, carving out a unique spot in today’s international musical landscape with both his songwriting and musicianship. The concert will be held at a campus performance space to be announced.
RAIIN Dance Theater: in Human
in Human is a celebration and examination of Black culture through the lens of spoken word, contemporary trap music, jazz, and hip hop. RAIIN Dance Theater, directed by Raianna Brown, partners with the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design to create a new experience in which an engineered set transforms the stage. The physical, high-energy movement of the RDT dancers juxtaposed with the familiar Atlanta cityscape embodies the human connection between art and social justice, all set to a score of classical and contemporary sounds of the Black experience.
Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker
Featuring spectacular sets and beautifully costumed Russian dancers, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is a treat for the whole family. Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of Russian classical dance to make this particular Nutcracker a unique holiday treat not to be missed!
Miguel Zenon Quartet
Multiple Grammy® nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, composer and saxophonist Miguel Zenón balances and blends innovation and tradition. Zenon has developed a unique voice, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin music and jazz. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zenon has released 10 recordings, including this year’s Tipico and the Grammy-nominated Identities are Changeable.
Nufonia Must Fall by Kid Koala
DJ, musician and graphic novelist Kid Koala presents his graphic novel-turned-movie Nufonia Must Fall, a tender robot love story about a robot on the verge of obsolescence and infatuated with a winsome human. Directed by K.K. Barrett, Oscar-nominated for Her, this live performance mixes puppet theater, video, electronic instrumentation, and a string quartet as footage is edited in real time to create a live silent film. Koala and a string quartet provide live scoring on piano, strings and turntables.
Rebirth Brass Band
New Orleans Jazz
Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Rebirth is known for combining traditional New Orleans brass band music, including the New Orleans tradition of second line with funk, jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Rebirth's longstanding Tuesday night gig at the Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown New Orleans is one of the pillars of the New Orleans music scene.
Thaddeus Phillips and Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental: 17 Border Crossings
The history of passports, smuggling fried chicken into other countries, and the peculiarities of airline security — it’s all covered in this miraculous, one-man saga of how the mundane details that govern global travel become the actual journey. 17 Border Crossings is a surreal sojourn that transports us to very real places: Hungary, Serbia, Morocco, Colombia, Holland, Mexico, and more. In the deft, mischievous manner of the trickster, Thaddeus Phillips (Red-Eye to Havre de Grace) manages to float huge questions that surround the fraught migrations of our era. Performances are funded in part by a grant from SouthArts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Georgia Council for the Arts.
Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body” is guitarist and composer Kaki King at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, imagination, and boundless humanity. This groundbreaking performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar in a creation myth unlike any other, where visions of genesis and death are cast onto an Ovation acoustic guitar customized specifically for this production.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary season, Dance Canvas presents an evening of new choreography, new ideas, and new collaborations. Atlanta’s Dance Canvas and Arts@Tech explore the bridges between movement, technology, science, and life. With a focus on humanity, culture, and how dance can innovate, this performance highlights the creativity of emerging new voices in dance.
An Evening of SEAD Artists
A concert by Georgia Tech Women in Music Technology headlines this evening of creative collisions in science, engineering, art, and design. The performance will include works that integrate dance, music, and the spoken word with interactive design and technology.
This year Georgia Tech hosts interactive visual art installations by local and national artists, and will participate in a creativity festival at the Smithsonian:
Out of Hand Theatre
October 5-6, 2017
Georgia Tech architecture, historic sites, traditions and geography become part of an interactive event produced on campus by Atlanta’s Out of Hand Theatre. Known for creating puzzlehunts, games and shows, Out of Hand designs a unique public art experience for people to get to know Georgia Tech in a new way!
ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival
October 13-15, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Four Georgia Tech projects that celebrate creativity and innovation with a specific focus on science, engineering, art, and design will participate in the first Creativity and Innovation Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Smithsonian selected the projects as part of an ACC-wide competition. Included are a new musical instrument, an interactive art installation, a hybrid vehicle, and an interactive performance costume.
The Spirit of the Animals is in the Wheels by Dave Eggers and Juan Martinez
October 28-November 11, 2017
Dashboard Co-op Gallery brings to campus two animal-inspired vehicles created by artist and author Dave Eggers, with fabrication support from Detroit artist Juan Martinez. The sculptural metal cycles, part of a mini-herd of human-powered vehicles, bridge the natural world to the world built by human ingenuity. The cycle creatures were designed to demonstrate the importance of safe, reliable transportation between urban neighborhoods and schools. Eggers is the author of several books including The Circle, What is the What and most recently, Heroes of the Frontier.