PHOTOS: UCF Celebrates the Arts 2019

UCF Celebrates the Arts, an annual festival showcasing the creativity, innovation and collaboration across the university, returned to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for its fifth year on April 5. The 10-day festival will conclude on April 14 and features more than 30 events. Many of this year’s events and exhibits explore the resilience of the human spirit and the power of art in overcoming adversity. From the historic tragedy of the Titanic to the fictional dystopian future of Emily St. John Mandel’s book Station Eleven, festival participants can explore how art can heal and connect. The festival consists of presentations by the School of Visual Arts and Design and the School of Performing Arts, with collaborations across the university and community partners, including the Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakes, the Creative City Project, the Nicholson School of Communication and Media and more. Here are some special snapshots from the event. (Words by Steven Risko and Nicole Dudenhoefer '17) (25 photos total)

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    1On Friday and Saturday night, the UCF Symphony Orchestra and Theatre UCF recreated Peter Stone and Maury Yeston's Tony Award-winning musical "Titanic." (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    2A cello player plays along with the rest of the UCF Symphony Orchestra during the "Titanic" performance. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    3The musical version of "Titanic" differs from the movie by telling the stories of real passengers — the workers in the boiler room, the first-class travelers and the poorest passengers — who scraped together their life savings to purchase a ticket to aboard the legendary doomed steamer. (Photos by Nick Leyva '15)

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    4Senior musical theatre major Alaric Frinzi showcased their skills during a theatrical makeup demo. (*Note: Frinzi’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their.) (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    5During Thriving Through the Arts, a free-form, collaborative art-making event, attendees were able to participate in drum circles, dancing, drawing and more. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    6The purpose of the Thriving Through the Arts event was to recognize, reinforce and celebrate the causality between mental health and creative expression. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    7A young girl experiments with markers. (Photo by Lauren Schoepfer '17)

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    8More than 160 SVAD students collaborated to recreate famous artworks and model as the subjects in life-size tableaux vivants, or living paintings. Three paintings by John Godward were featured in one of the exhibits. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    9Elementary students from The Academic Center for Excellence and Lake Eola Charter School created distinct sculptures using hand-marbled paper, wire and plastic filament from 3D printer pens. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    10All of the paintings featured in the tableaux vivants are from the year 1912, the same year the Titanic sank. "Garden Restaurant" by August Macke was one of the featured paintings. (Photo by Nick Levya '15)

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    11Creative City Project’s annual IMMERSE event featured a 60-feet long, 25-feet wide inflatable structure that allowed attendees to have some fun with the interactive installation. (Photo by Nick Levya '15)

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    12A woman dances near the IMMERSE structure. (Photo by Lauren Schoepfer '17)

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    13Using paper and finished with patina, SVAD students created 6-foot tall sculptures inspired by "Titanic" and the 20th century golden era. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    14Looks from late Orlando fashion icon Harriett Lake were featured in an exhibit curated by Kristina Tollefson, associate professor of theatre and co-author of "Too Much is Not Enough: The History in Harriett’s Closet." (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    15Students brought August Macke's "Zoological Garden" to life as a tableaux vivant. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    16A recreation of Luigi Russolo's "Sintesi Plastica dei Movimenti di Donna." (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    17It me. Knugget the mini horse showed his support for the event by hanging out on Dr. Phillips' lawn to take pictures with attendees. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    18During a staged reading, students, faculty and alumni presented pieces, scenes and monologues that related to themes explored in Emily St. John Mandel's novel "Station Eleven." The story explores mankind’s need to connect with the arts. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    19Theatre Associate Professor Mark Brotherton smiles as students engage in the staged reading. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    20The UCF Symphony Orchestra gets ready to perform during "Titanic" on Saturday night. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    21"The musical explores the inequities of class and the idea that, before our creator, we are all equal in the end," says Michael Wainstein, director of UCF's Theatre Department and "Titanic" production. (Photo by Tom Bell '08)

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    22"It has been a powerful journey for the cast of students to explore the myths and histories surrounding the real people who sailed on that fateful journey. It is with great reverence that we offer you their stories through the lens of Yeston and Stone’s majestic musical," says Michael Wainstein, director of UCF's Theatre Department and "Titanic" production . (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    23During Sunday's Creative Clash, teams of SVAD students and alumni used black markers to create works of art for the two-hour challenge. (Photo by Lauren Schoepfer '17)

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    24Associate Professor of creative writing David James Poissant interviewed Emily St. John Mandel, an author of four books during an author talk event. St. John Mendel's most recent novel, "Station Eleven," was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 31 languages. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)

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    25Music performance major Melody Cook conducted an orchestra of nine people as they played "Loss," an original composition she wrote to help grieve the deaths of her grandparents. (Photo by Nick Leyva '15)