Campus & Community

Art of entertainment

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Artists and performers in the Harvard community ushered in spring last week with the annual four-day arts extravaganza, Arts First 2000. Audiences had a wide variety of performances and exhibits to enjoy, and were led in the festivities by actor John Lithgow ’67 and comedian Al Franken ’73. Students and faculty staged dozens of plays, concerts, films, art installations, dance performances and comedy sketches from Thursday to Sunday. The Arts First 2000 parade on Saturday morning, was led by Lithgow as its grand marshal and featured stilt walkers, jugglers, actors, musicians, and more. Hundreds of people turned out for the events, which were staged throughout the Harvard campus, both indoors and outside.

An ethereal art installation titled Floating floats above Randolph House. The sculpture was created by Janet Echelman, resident artist and tutor at Adams House. Floating was designed by Echelman and was part of a project planned by Adams House students to honor the memory of Navin Narayan ’99. Staff photo by Kris Snibbe.
Jane Yang ’03 synchronizes her ribbon dance with other members of the Harvard Asian-American Dance Troupe during an Arts First rehearsal inside studio 74 on Mt. Auburn Street. The Single Ribbon Dance combines elements of traditional Chinese court dance with ballet. Staff photo by Kris Snibbe.
Performing Romeo and Juliet on the stairs of the Memorial Church are Julie Rattey ’02 (left) playing Juliet, Sarah Eno ’03 playing Nurse, and Shamiso Mbizvo ’02 playing Lady Capulet. Staff photo at right by Rose Lincoln.
Edward Kim ’02 (left) plays an instrument called the gweng gari. Aram Yang ’02 (right) plays the buk. The men are part of Han Ma-Eum Pae (One Heart), a Korean drumming group that played at the outdoor stage at Holyoke Center. Staff photo by Rose Lincoln.