July 1, 2017, noon
The Circus: Two Portraits
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
150 Fourth Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Federico Fellini’s lifelong engagement with itinerant performers is embodied in I Clowns (1970), the director’s intensely visual essay that, in the words of historian Sam Rohdie, “memorializes a childhood of clowns and the enchantment of clowns, including their terror—the film is their requiem and their return to life.”
The verité documentary Constellations (Luigi Cuomo, 2015) follows a group of contemporary Italian performers as they go about a daily life of rigorous rehearsals, meals, animals, and camaraderie—a view of a diverse community coming together for an ancient, unique, and compelling purpose. Presented in association with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
July 5, 2017, noon
Ledward Kaapana: Master Slack Key Guitar Player from Hawaii
Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium
101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.
Ledward Kaapana is a master of the two leading string instruments in Hawaii: the Hawaiian ukulele and ki ho‘alu, the slack key guitar, a fingerstyle guitar art form that originated in Hawaii. This talent, combined with his vocal skills in the baritone and leo ki‘eki‘e (falsetto) range, have made him a legendary performer who has been entertaining audiences in Hawaii and abroad for more than forty years. He was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2011.