Middlebury

 

Spring 2013

Feb. 20           Hair Trigger: Femininity, Objectification,
                                                         and Violence

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Wednesday 4:30 p.m.
Mahaney Center Dance Theatre

A lecture demonstration by Assistant Professor of Dance Catherine Cabeen, sharing the historic research and creative process that fuels Catherine Cabeen and Company’s latest work, Fire!, which will premiere at On the Boards in Seattle January 17-20, 2013.  This evening-length work, inspired by the life and art of New Realist Artist Niki de Saint Phalle, involves ten interdisciplinary collaborators and six dancers, directed by Catherine Cabeen.
Catherine Cabeen, MFA, Artistic Director of Catherine Cabeen and Company, dancer, choreographer, has received choreographic commissions from On the Boards;Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater; the American College Dance Festival Northwest Region; the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam; Alsarab Dance Troupe and the Lebanese American University in Byblos, Lebanon; Arc Dance Company; and the Cabiri, among others. Cabeen founded CCC in 2009, to explore how interdisciplinary research and collaboration can be used to build new movement vocabularies. 
Photo credit: Catherine Cabeen by Alan Kimara Dixon

Residency: INSPIRIT
March 12-18

Master Class with INSPIRIT

March 12  Tuesday 9:30 a.m.,
MCA Dance Theatre

Beginning and Intermediate technique class. Space is limited. Contact the dance program to pre-register. Free.

Master Class with INSPIRIT

March 13 Wednesday 2:50 p.m.,
MCA Dance Theatre

Intermediate and advanced level technique class. Space is limited.
Contact the dance program to pre-register. Free.

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Lecture/Demonstration: The Opulence of Integrity

Wednesday 4:30 p.m.,
MCA Dance Theatre

Learn more about The Opulence of Integrity and the creative process from choreographer Christal Brown.  Reception to follow. Sponsored by
the Performing Arts Series, Dance Program, and Committee on the Arts.  Residency activities are made possible by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts. Free
Photo credit: The Opulence of Integrity by Robert Mayer

INSPIRIT Dance Company: The Opulence of Integrity

March 15–16 Friday, Saturday 8:00 p.m. each evening,
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

There will be a discussion with choreographer and company following each performance.  The life and legend of Muhammad Ali has inspired a new work by choreographer and Middlebury College dance faculty member Christal Brown. Her company, INSPIRIT, performs a suite of dances that incorporate elements of boxing, hip-hop, martial arts, and modern dance, with a sound score by Farai Malianga. Sponsored
by the Performing Arts Series, Dance Program, and Committee on the Arts. Tickets: $20/15/6, on sale now.

 

April 12       Open Class and Lecture/Demonstration: What is This Thing Called Performance Improvisation?

April 12 Friday 3:00-4:15 p.m. ,
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Dancers and musicians in the DANC/MUSC 0461class, under the direction of Penny Campbell and Michael Chorney, invite you to witness their process as they prepare for performances in early May. Penny will narrate the sequence of the day from warm up, through improvisatory exercises, to collaboratively composed pieces some with lighting improvised by designer Jennifer Ponder. Ask questions, make observations, catch a glimpse of the workings of an improvising ensemble while you give the group the experience of having an audience for the first time. Free and open to the public.

April 19, 20       Senior Thesis Dance Concert: Davis Anderson ’13, Jessica Lee ’13, Hannah Pierce ’13

Friday, Saturday 8:00 p.m. each evening,
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

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Hannah Pierce, Jessica Lee, Davis Anderson
photo by Alan Kimara Dixon

Three seniors present an evening of work shaped by a union of physical and intellectual perspectives. Exploring the intersections between contemporary dance and other interests, including language, embodied politics, literature, and the environment, they create an eveningas diverse and layered as their intellectual pursuits. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale April 1.

May 3, 4       Dance, Music, Light: Performance Improvisation

Friday, Saturday 8:00 p.m. each evening,
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

An ensemble of dancers and musicians demonstrates the ability to compose engaging and coherent pieces “in the moment” after a semester-long study of improvisation as a performing art.  Lighting is improvised by designer Jennifer Ponder. Directed by Penny Campbell and
Michael Chorney. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale April 15.

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Amy Donahue and Adeline Cleveland
photo by Alan Kimara Dixon


May 8        Taking Flight Spring 2013

Wednesday 4:30 p.m.,
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Advanced Beginning Dance course, facilitated by Director of the Dance Program Penny Campbell. Free and open to the public.