Mission Viejo, CA--Audiences loved this innovative experience fusing art, jazz, dance, and poetry the past three years. Come and see what happens when the jazz, theatre, dance, and art departments come together again for a fusion of creativity done in a chaotic, spontaneous, and improvised manner. Presented by the Saddleback College Art, Jazz, Dance, and Speech students and faculty Happening/Unhappening 4 is happening in the Studio Theatre on Friday, February 7th at 7:30 p.m. This interactive, interdisciplinary experience incorporating jazz, poetry, painting, sculpture, dance, and reader’s theatre is presented in a single time-sensitive performance. This eclectic crew will create a hybrid piece of art that breaks down the walls between the various disciplines as they react and interact in a spontaneous and unpredictable manner. Utilizing methods based on historic spontaneity as varied as Zen brush painting, improvised jazz, abstract expressionism, and spoken word traditions, a new area of creative research will be explored. New this year are musical instruments made of clay. Come and watch as musicians invent experimental tunes with these innovative tools. Participation is limited so get your tickets early and help break down that “fourth wall” to become a part of this creative exhibition of jazz, art, dance, and poetry.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 Wednesday-Saturday) and online at www.saddleback.edu/arts. Tickets purchased in advance are $10; $15 at the door
The Art Department believes that a person’s reflection of life is manifested through his or her art. Students are able to fully appreciate artistic expressions through study, observation and experience. The art faculty and staff are committed to offering the strongest foundation in the arts that will allow students success in college as well as in their ongoing roles as artists.
Jazz Studies at Saddleback College emphasizes creativity through improvisation and ensemble performance. Focusing on the historical, theoretical and intuitive aspects of this American music, Director Joey Sellers and an outstanding cadre of nationally recognized musicians comprise the jazz faculty. Curricula include Improvisation, Jazz Composition and Arranging, Jazz History Syllabus, Jazz History Audio, Jazz History Podcast, Jazz Piano, Saddleback Big Band, Jazz Lab Ensemble, and Combos. Students in Jazz Studies at Saddleback College have transferred to prestigious institutions including University of Southern California, Eastman School of Music, Berkeley School of Music, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, University of California at San Diego, and other regional institutions. Some of our alumni have gone on to play professionally with Frank Zappa, Diana Ross, and other high-profile artists and organizations.
The Speech Communication Department offers courses with the goal of maximizing the communication potential in all students. Significant research consistently indicates that the professional world all students will enter values and expects communication skills. Courses designed to strengthen public speaking and stage presence, improve relationships, enhance critical thinking and increase ability to understand others. Students are also offered the opportunity to develop analytical, delivery and theatrical skills by competing in a variety of speaking and acting events against other college competitors.
The Saddleback College Dance Department offers several technique classes at all levels for ballet, jazz, modern and tap. In addition, courses are offered in the history of dance, exercise for dancers, rehearsal and performance, dance production and choreography. College-wide dance concerts are put on each semester and promoted as a major theater event.
Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Free parking is available in Lot 12. Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.
Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.