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City Tech to Present ‘Looking Glass Rewondered’ April 14-16

City Tech’s Department of Entertainment Technology, in collaboration with performance artist Phyllis Chen and video artist Rob Dietz, will present “Looking Glass Rewondered,” a multi-media show inspired by the themes and objects from Lewis Carroll’s prized novels. Performances are Thursday, April 14, 8 p.m.; Friday, April 15, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m., in the Voorhees Theatre at City Tech, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary). Ticket prices: $10 general admission, $5 for students. For more information, the public may call Professor Sue Brandt at 718.260.5588 or e-mail sbrandt@citytech.cuny.edu.

This production, a whimsical and thought-provoking journey into the fascinating world of Lewis Carroll, is the newest multi-media creation from Chen, who in addition to being a performance artist is also a toy pianist and composer. She has been praised by The New York Times for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity.”

In addition to “Looking Glass Rewondered,” Chen will perform “Down the Rabbit-Hole,” a New York State Council on the Arts-funded commission, also based on Carroll’s work. It is scored for toy pianos, music boxes, electronics, live and edited video and amplified objects. Rounding out the show is her earlier semi-autobiographical work “The Memoirist.”

Ms. Chen founded the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition to further expand the repertoire for toy piano and electronics. Playing an instrument that has no set boundaries or genres, she has been invited to perform at many festivals and concerts. She is interested in creating new works that rethink the idea of live art and performance using music and visuals. For more information about Phyllis Chen, go to: www.phyllischen.net.

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest public college of technology in New York State. Located at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the College enrolls nearly 15,400 students in 62 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs.

The College’s entertainment technology department (www.entertainmenttechnology.org) educates students for careers backstage at concerts, corporate and special events, cruise ships, film/television productions, sports venues, theatres, theme parks and trade shows. The department accepts beginners looking to break into the industry, as well as seasoned pros and IATSE Union members who would like to update their skills to keep up with the demands of new technology in this ever-accelerating market.

City Tech also offers a new bachelor’s degree program in emerging media technologies (http://www.emerging-media.org) preparing students for global media citizenship. Emerging fields range from web to games, green designs, informatics, entertainment, and performing arts technologies.

02.28.11


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