Events: Presenting Series

03/24/2023 - 4:30pm

Installation Begins Friday, January 27 and ends Sunday, April 2

Traveling While Black is a cinematic virtual reality experience* that immerses viewers in the long history of restriction of movement for Black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.

This film by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams and Emmy Award-winning Felix & Paul Studios transports viewers to historic Ben's Chili Bowl restaurant in Washington, D.C. Viewers share an intimate series of moments with several of Ben’s patrons as they reflect on their experiences of restricted movement and race relations in the United States.  Confronting the way we understand and talk about race in America, Traveling While Black highlights the urgent need to not only remember the past but to learn from it, and to facilitate a dialogue about the challenges minority travelers still face today. *Participants will wear Oculus GO virtual reality headsets that will be cleaned and disinfected between each showing.  Headsets recommended for those ages 12 and up.  Click HERE for artist's website.

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Daytime large group timeslots are available. To make a group reservation please contact Adam Ercolani:, 610-758-5625.

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03/29/2023 - 4:30pm


Perry is a scholar of law, literary and cultural studies, and an author of creative nonfiction. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. from Yale College in Literature and American Studies. Her writing and scholarship primarily focus on the history of Black thought, art, and imagination crafted in response to, and resistance against, the social, political, and legal realities of domination in the West. She seeks to understand the retrenchment processes after moments of social progress and how freedom dreams are sustainable nevertheless. 

Presented by Lehigh University's Creative Writing Program, Zoellner Arts Center and an Anonymous Donor 


03/31/2023 - 7:30pm

"Passion Fruit vividly push hip-hop's inherent capacity to articulate important ideas in a powerful and joyous ensemble work." (Simon Dove, ex-curator for Crossing the Lines Festival). Founded in 2016, this Street, Club dance and educational company is composed of Tatiana Desardouin (Haitian & Swiss, founder, artistic director, choreographer), Lauriane Ogay (Swiss) and Mai Lê Hô (French-Vietnamese). Its mission is to promote the authenticity of street dance and clubbing styles, Hip-Hop and house cultures and their black heritage, as well as its contribution to society, by exploring different social problems through their dance pieces and artistic practices. Desardouin was selected as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" (2020), is a winner of the Vilcek Foundation's Prize for Creative Promise in Dance (2022) and is a Winner of the Bessies Juried Award 2022. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.

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04/13/2023 - 11:00am, 04/13/2023 - 12:30pm

Zoellner Arts Center and Lehigh University Library and Technology Services present an exciting indoor and outdoor creative activation of spaces at Lehigh’s Fairchild-Martindale Library and Zoellner Arts Center to include aerial dance, educational workshops, a photography exhibit, and an artist residency.

“When Zoellner was built 25 years ago, the hope was that it would become a welcoming campus and community hub for the performing and visual arts. That goal has been accomplished with over 1 million people engaging with the building since it opened.  As we look forward, our vision for the next 25 years is to activate spaces on campus and infuse the community with art, build an air of excitement with outdoor performances, and connect with more campus and community partners to develop creative synergy.  The Zoellner team is proud to work with the staff at Fairchild-Martindale Library and the staff at NMIH to create an event that accomplishes all three goals," said executive director, Mark Wilson.

“Lehigh Libraries thrive because we find new ways to connect ideas, people, and our communities with each other. We are very excited about this opportunity to celebrate with Zoellner its silver jubilee, and to offer together a dynamic program threading our cultural history with our futures,” said Boaz Nadav Manes, Lehigh University Librarian.

On Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 11 am and 12:30 pm, local school children, Lehigh students, and the community will have an opportunity to watch the awe-inspiring vertical innovators BANDALOOP turn the dance floor on its side to perform LOOM: Field on the exterior wall of the library for a school show and a public performance.  Both performances are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Event location: Lehigh University Fairchild-Martindale Library 8A Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015

LOOM: FIELD is part of a trilogy of large-scale, outdoor public vertical dance pieces directed by BANDALOOP Artistic Director Melecio Estrella that deepens and challenges our perspective on the art and industry of textiles. Bringing together a collective of performing artists, climate scientists, regenerative textile artists, a visual technologist, and creative riggers, the piece turns a building’s façade into a giant loom where stories and dances interlace. The result of this multi-layered collaboration is spoken word, vertical dance, fabric manipulation, film segments, and original music. 

Vertical dance relies on state-of-the-science woven nylon climbing ropes; LOOM locates BANDALOOP’s core technical framework in a textile lineage. The following workshops and community programs are being held in conjunction with LOOM’s creative direction:

1. The Photography of BANDALOOP showcases over 25 photos from around the world of their intricate choreography and activation of public spaces. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is located on the 6th floor of the Fairchild-Martindale Library and runs through June 2023.

2. Educational workshops will be held for over 300 students from local elementary schools who will attend LOOM, participate in a Q&A with BANDALOOP artistic director Melecio Estrella, and take part in workshops inside the library run by Lehigh Libraries staff members, Zoellner Arts Center, and the National Museum of Industrial History.

These workshops for elementary students will occur both before and after the 11 am performance:

a.     Fashion of the Future: Books to inspire & crafts to create (6th floor)
b.     Dressing for Success: Workwear of Workers ties into local textiles and industry (4th floor)
c.     National Museum of Industrial History loom demonstration explores Lehigh Valley’s silk mill industry and creates a community weaving project (4th floor)

3.     Monday, April 17 at 4:30 pm BANDALOOP residency with the Lehigh University Dance Team members at Zoellner to include indoor instruction and exterior wall practice experience.

4.     Tuesday, April 18 at 4 pm BANDALOOP residency with Muhlenberg College Aerial Acrobatics class at Zoellner to include indoor instruction and exterior wall practice experience.

“Zoellner strives to engage with our community,” said Z. Candi Staurinos, Director of Community Engagement and Impact at Zoellner Arts Center. “This is a wonderful collaboration between the Lehigh Libraries, the National Museum of Industrial History, and Zoellner to benefit Lehigh Valley school children and Lehigh students, the community, and local partners in celebration of our 25th Anniversary.”

04/15/2023 - 8:00pm

We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary milestone with a special evening! On Saturday, April 15th, one of the world's preeminent orchestras, The Philadelphia Orchestra, is in concert with special guest conductor Keith Lockhart and Broadway Star Brian Stokes Mitchell to share the transformative power of music in Baker Hall, with opening performances by dance innovators Bandaloop and pop artist Zia Victoria

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(Photo by Chris Lee)

04/30/2023 - 1:00pm

A musical theatre treat tells the tale of a girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with 'pinkititis', an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe–a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. Alas, Pinkalicious needs a way out of her pink predicament, and joined by her family they find fun, unity and appreciation in the quirks that define us all. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.

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05/13/2023 - 7:30pm

100 Years of Broadway recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.

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