Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM
The Orchard Room (Room 103), The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Christal Brown, Program in Dance; Director of MiddCORE, “Art and Innovation: Understanding Transferrable Skills”

Movement Matters Spotlight with Lee Serle

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Lee Serle has performed with Trisha Brown, Chunky Move, and Tere O’Connor among others. Together through the practice and discourse of improvisation, participants will share and question their processes when choreographing in the moment. Abandoning predetermined outcomes, they will attempt to find clarity within their practice through the consideration and application of embodied histories, seeing and being seen, removing judgment, rapid-fire decision making, and desire for outcome. Free


Global Dance Dialogues with Lee Serle

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Contemporary Choreography Conversations from Melbourne to New York to Lyon

Australian dancer and choreographer Lee Serle will discuss and share practices from his international career. As a dancer in Australia, Lee performed with Gideon Obarzanek’s company Chunky Move, with Rebecca Hilton, and with Lucy Guerin. These Australian dancemakers were influenced by New York choreographers Trisha Brown and Tere O’Connor, so when Lee was invited to perform with these companies in New York, it was a natural fit. His choreographic practice embodies the international and cross-cultural nature of the dance community and how dance flows across borders. Lee was recently invited to choreograph for the Lyon Opera Ballet and currently makes contemporary performance in Melbourne and performs in New York. This is a participatory movement lecture with live music. Please wear comfortable clothes.

This event is cosponsored by the Dance Program and the Rohatyn Center.


Movement Matters Immersive: Day of Dance

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dive into a day of workshops and showings showcasing the diversity of collaborations in the dance program:

12:00 PM Free the Voice with Odeya Nini
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Studio 109

This workshop is dedicated to Vocal Expression, sensing the voice, feeling and understanding the physicality of sound, freeing our minds of preconceived ideas of song, and realizing the transformational healing effects we have on ourselves and others when we use our voice with intention and love. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook. See for more information and to pre-register. Free to Midd ID holders.

3:30 PM Fields of Reckoning: An Interspecies Dance
The Knoll Organic Garden

Please join us outdoors for a work-in-progress showing of choreography in the Knoll landscape by Karima Borni, Middlebury Dance Program Scholar in Residence. Performers will also include a group of Middlebury students and several four-legged dancers. Light refreshments will be served. Free

6:00 PM A Solo Voice
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Over the last seven years, Odeya Nini has investigated extended vocal techniques, resonance and pure expression, exploring the relationship between mind and body and the various landscapes it can yield. The work is a series of malleable compositions and improvisations that include field recordings and theatrical elements, aiming to dissociate the voice from its traditional attributes and create a new logic of song that is not only heard but seen through movement. Through multi-dimensionality that serves to both provoke and soothe in abstract communication, the voice is presented in its spectrum of natures as it travels through cultures, ages, emotions and colors, like photographs, with tender intimacy and bold aberrance. Presented by Vermont Dance Alliance and the dance program. Free.

Bebe Miller Company: In a Rhythm

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A suite of dances based on the dynamics of adaptation and translation inspired by the writings of Gertrude Stein, Toni Morrison, and David Foster Wallace, whose voices capture diverse cultural relevancies through their structure of language. Choreographer Bebe Miller looks at the syntax of movement—how we apprehend meaning through the juxtaposed dynamics of action and context in time and space. Presented in conjunction with the 2018 Clifford Symposium. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale October 22.

Movement Matters Spotlight with scholar Norton Owen

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

As Director of Preservation at Jacob’s Pillow since 1990, Norton Owen oversees all programs concerning dance documentation, exhibitions, and archival resources, and coordinates many aspects of the Audience Engagement Series, including talks, program essays, and curating Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive. He first came to the Pillow as a student in 1976, and has served in a multitude of positions, including Assistant to the Director, House Manager, and Director of Educational Programs. In 2000, Dance/USA selected him for its Ernie Award, honoring “unsung heroes who have led exemplary lives in dance.” In 2012, the Dance Films Association presented him with its first Dance in Focus Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the dance film genre, while the José Limón Dance Foundation gave him its Preservation Advancement Award. Free

Movement Matters Immersive with The Dance Company of Middlebury

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 12:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Studio 109

This year DCM, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor Lida Winfield, is teaching and performing in a variety of communities, using dance as a platform for personal truth–telling and bridge building. This workshop will be led by student company members. All abilities and experience levels welcome. Free


Fall Dance Concert

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists and the annual Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed this year by the Dance Company of Middlebury under the direction of Lida Winfield. The evening is directed by Assistant Professor Laurel Jenkins in collaboration with the choreographers. A Dance Program event. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale November 12.

Co-curricular Movement Classes

Beginning Sept 17, 2018

These classes are free and open to the entire College community, register at the first class.

Beginning/ Intermediate Ballet with Barbara Doyle-Wilch

     Tu 5:00-6:30 PM, MCA 109

Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet with Barbara Doyle Wilch

     W 5:00-6:30 PM, MCA 109


General Event Information

All events listed are open to the public and are FREE unless otherwise indicated. For further information, call 802.443.3136. To join the MCA's electronic mailing list, visit

Tickets and information available at the Box Offices: Mahaney Center for the Arts and McCullough Student Center (802) 443.MIDD (6433)

Complimentary Ticket Policy

Before each show, Debby Anderson emails everyone in a dance or theatre class so they can order comps in advance. Complimentary tickets are NOT available on the day of the performance.

Everyone enrolled in a dance or theatre class, as well as dance majors, may get a total of 1 comp ticket for each program-sponsored performance.

If a student is participating in a dance, they can get a total of 2 tickets.

Tickets are NOT cumulative - each student can receive only up to 2 tickets per show, no matter their involvement.

The only exception is if the student is doing their Senior Work - Debby will work with the student directly for up to 4 tickets per performance.

If the student has any questions about the policy, email Debby Anderson (

Program in Dance

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