Movement Matters Master Class with Meshi Chavez

Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Movement Matters Master Class with Meshi Chavez

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Please join us for a unique opportunity to attend a master class with guest artist Meshi Chavez from Portland, Oregon. Chavez is a dancer, Butoh performer, and choreographer, whose work focuses cultivating presence through movement. Free

Meshi Chavez has been a performer, choreographer and movement teacher for nearly 20 years across the United States & Europe. He was trained in-depth in Butoh as a student of Natsu Nakajima, Denise Fujiwara and Akira Kasai. Meshi is currently the co-founder/director of Momentum Conscious Movement Studio. Meshi Chavez believes that radical engagement requires radical attentiveness. His work focuses on the distillation of movement through a deep commitment to the investigation of what is essential, creating a palpable presence in the dancer. This is the foundation from which he approaches both teaching and choreography, and will be the focus of his residency at Middlebury this coming academic year.


 

Collaboration with UVM looking for dancers!

Be part of a dance collaboration between University of Vermont and Middlebury College.  Choreography by Lida Winfield (Middlebury) and Paul Besaw (UVM)

Looking for four dancers from each institution to collaborate for the following rehearsals and performances:

Rehearsals: 

  • October 6 from 10 AM-4 PM at Middlebury College
  • October 26 from 10 AM-4 PM at UVM
  • November 16 from 10 AM-4 PM at UVM
  • November 17 from 10 AM-4 PM at Middlebury College
  • January 18 from 1-4 PM at Middlebury College

 Performances: 

  • Vermont College Dance Exchange, November 1-2, 2019 at Middlebury
  • Dancing Uphill, January 22-25, 2020 at UVM
  • American College Dance Association, March 25-28, 2020 at Middlebury (please note this is over Spring break)
  • Middlebury College Faculty Dance Concert, April 2020 at Middlebury

Transportation/carpooling can be provided or arranged.

Please be in touch with Lida Winfield if you have questions or are interested. lwinfield@middlebury.edu

 

Welcome Back Dinner Before Auditions

Thursday, September 12, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Welcome Back Dinner Before Auditions

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The dance program provides pizza and salad for this informal gathering offering an opportunity to socialize and catch up as a community. Free. Let us know you will attend by contacting dance@middlebury.edu


Fall Auditions

Thursday, September 12, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Fall Auditions

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Advanced student choreographers audition dancers for the annual Fall Dance Concert, Nov. 22-23, which includes the 2019 Newcomers’ Piece. Dancers chosen for performance must attend a minimum of two approved technique classes consistently each week in order to be eligible to perform in program-sponsored events. Taking class supports the development of artistry, technical range, and performance skill. The Newcomers’ Piece is open to anyone who has not yet performed in a dance program-sponsored concert. All are welcome. 


 

Co-curricular Movement Classes

Beginning Sept. 17, 2019

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


 

Movement Matters Master Class with Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

Saturday, October 12, 2019 – 12:00 PM   
Movement Matters Master Class with Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

Mahaney Arts Center, Studio 109

The transnational performance group Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project (BTDP), based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Philadelphia, draws from Africanist and postmodernist aesthetics. Movement Matters is a series of one-time classes and workshops on a variety of topics. Open to the general public as well as the College community. All experience levels welcome. Free


 

Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, “When Birds Refused to Fly”

Saturday, October 12, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, “When Birds Refused to Fly”

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

When Birds Refused to Fly, choreographed by Olivier Tarpaga and set to the music of Orchestre Super Volta, is a dance theatre piece that explores multiple facets of generational transformation culturally and geographically.The performance examines what it is to build up and break down in the name of change. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale September 23. Images by Géry Barbot


Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Movement Matters Master Class

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – 4:30 PM
Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Movement Matters Master Class

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Instructors: Samar Haddad King and Zoe Rabinowitz

 Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre master classes are designed to meet and challenge students wherever they are in their technical training and physical practice; classes offer an environment of technical exploration and artistic play for dancers of all levels. Focusing on intention as the catalyst for movement, participants are given the freedom to investigate athletic movement phrases using choreographic and improvisational tools. Through phrasework, improvisation, and play, dancers are invited to inhabit their own bodies more fully and find new solutions for how to effectively communicate through performance. Open to the general public as well as the College community. All experience levels welcome. Free.


 

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Lecture Demonstration

Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 4:30 PM
Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Lecture Demonstration

Robert A Jones '59 Conference Room

“Redefining and Reclaiming Space in Conflict Zones

Presenters: Samar Haddad King and Zoe Rabinowitz

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Artistic Director Samar Haddad King and Associate Artistic Director Zoe Rabinowitz share methods the company has developed to create art across physical and political barriers, and the impact of working with disenfranchised communities on creative projects. Based on their work between the US and on both sides of the Green Line in Palestine for close to a decade, the presentation features video footage from the creative process, source materials, and performance excerpts, as well as an opportunity for discussion with the audience.


 

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Informal Performance

Friday, October 25, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Informal Performance

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT) presents an informal showing and discussion about their creative methods and collaborative process. The program features veteran company members Yukari Osaka, Zoe Rabinowitz, and Mohammed Smahneh performing solo and duet excerpts from their most recent and forthcoming works - Against a Hard Surface and Last Ward - developed and performed in the Arab World and Europe. Free.


Alumni Takeover: Guest Instructors

Sunday-Friday, October 27-November 1, 2019
Alumni Takeover: Guest Instructors

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Invited dance program alumni return to campus to teach within the dance curriculum, perform, lead workshops, and hold one on one mentoring sessions with current students. Stay tuned for additional details and schedules.


 

Alumni Takeover: Performance

Thursday, October 31, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Alumni Takeover: Performance


Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Recent alumni return to perform excerpts from their latest creative work. Free


 

Alumni Takeover: Kizuna Dance Performance

Friday, November 1, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Alumni Takeover: Kizuna Dance Performance

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Described as “mesmerizing” [The Stewardship Report] and “brilliant” [Huffington Post], Cameron McKinney ’14, is a New York City-based choreographer, dancer, educator, and author. He founded Kizuna Dance in 2014 with the mission of creating works that celebrate the Japanese language and culture. His work has been recognized through a Choreographic Fellowship for the Alvin Ailey Foundation’s New Directions Choreography Lab, provided through generous support from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. He also recently received a three-month Individual Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to travel to Japan and continue his studies on the intersections of streetdance and butoh in 2019. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale October 21. 


 

Vermont College Dance Exchange

Friday, November 1, 2019 – 4:30 PM
Vermont College Dance Exchange: Welcome Class

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Each fall, dance students and faculty from a variety of Vermont colleges/universities gather to participate in performances, master classes/workshops, and student-centered discussions or feedback sessions. The emphasis of this annual festival to encourage artistic sharing, exchange of ideas, and a close community amongst higher education dance programs in Vermont. We kick off this annual gathering with a workshop that integrates community building and movement exploration.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 – 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Vermont College Dance Exchange: Master Classes
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre and Studio 109

Dance faculty from colleges around the state offer workshops and master classes in a variety of forms, exposing students to new artistic aesthetics and creative research skills.


Saturday, November 2, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Vermont College Dance Exchange: Performance

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

An opportunity for students to share their freshest creations, as a chance to build community and collaborate. Free


Sunday, November 3, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Vermont College Dance Exchange: Closing Event

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre and Studio 109

Participants move together and share insights gathered from this weekend intensive.


 

 

Fall Dance Concert

Friday, November 22, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Fall Dance Concert

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists and the annual Newcomers’ Piece. The evening is directed by Assistant Professor Laurel Jenkins in collaboration with the choreographers. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale November 4. 

Caption: Performers from Fall ’18 Advanced Choreography class by Jonathan Hsu


 

Taking Flight

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – 5:00 PM
Taking Flight

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Improvisational Practices course, facilitated by Lida Winfield, Ron Rost and Deborah Felmeth. Free


The Dance Company of Middlebury In-Progress Showing

Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:30 PM
The Dance Company of Middlebury In-Progress Showing

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Dance Company of Middlebury, under the direction of Scholar in Residence Karima Borni and in collaboration with guest artist Meshi Chavez, has been accessing embodied presence to cultivate authenticity and responsiveness. This research will culminate in an original evening length work to be performed and toured in January. Come take a sneak peek at “Presence As Performance.” Free


Movement and Media Showing

Friday, December 6, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Movement and Media Showing

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Under the guidance of Artist in Residence Tori Lawrence, students have been using analog and digital media to create and integrate with their movement compositions. Free


 

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 http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/news/artsmail_subscribe

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 (danderso@middlebury.edu).

Program in Dance

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