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Embodied Happenings

Embodied Happenings
Dance Company of Middlebury, 2021

What: Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM)
Where: Remote J-Term and In-Person Spring, MAC Dance Theater, at Middlebury College
When: J-Term and Spring Semesters, 2021
Who: This year, DCM is open to freshmen through seniors deeply interested in the practice of dancing. Participants must participate in both semesters and be on campus this Spring.
How: To apply, write a one-page letter of intent that describes your history as a mover/artist and your specific interest in joining DCM 2021. Send this to Assistant Professor of Dance, Laurel Jenkins no later than Friday, November 13th.

The Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) is a credit-bearing course, open by application this year to freshmen through seniors. DCM requires two semesters (J-Term and Spring) of participation for two academic credits. In the Spring, DCM meets in person M-Th afternoons.

This year 2021, DCM will be directed by Assistant Professor and Chair of Dance, Laurel Jenkins, with renowned guest artists who specialize in performance, media arts, costume design, and arts administration. Laurel Jenkins is a dancer and choreographer involved in interdisciplinary dialogues in the realms of contemporary dance, opera, music, and theater. She engages with the choreographic process as a radical space for reimagining our collective human experience. See for more information.

We live in a time of deep change, disruption, and uncertainty that demands innovation and collaboration across our differences. “Embodied Happenings” is a training immersion program involving Middlebury students in the collective process of making original performance work with working professionals. Our remote J-Term will focus on intensive research with the guest artists to articulate our collective questions, devise strategies for dance making, building solo and group phrase material, constructing costumes, and making media collages to be used for performance projections. The Spring will involve continued work with the guest artists as we engage in intensive physical training, choreographic development, and performing. In the Spring, DCM participants will create a number of site-specific performances and virtual events to infuse the campus with Embodied Happenings. We will create performance happenings for the Dance Theater and throughout campus. Some performances will travel across campus, some will utilize projection at night, some will involve costume, duration, and storytelling. Our aim is to invent multiple performance modalities and tour our work across campus this spring. 

Program in Dance

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753