Improvisation Composition

May 10, Thursday

4:30PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Set 1: Advanced Improvisation Final Showing

   Dance/music works (DANC 461)

      Instigated by Lida Winfield and Michael Chorney

Set 2: Collaborative Improvisation

   All-arts ensemble (MUSC 245)

      Instigated by Matthew Taylor

Free and open to the public.

The Moonfish and the Knife

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Moonfish and The Knife is a dance-theatre piece inspired by the letters that the painter Salvador Dalí and the poet and playwright Federico García Lorca wrote to one another. Dali and Lorca shaped each other’s lives, each influencing the other in a dialog full of poetry, philosophy, sensuality, politics, and life. This piece invites the audience to journey through the imagination of these two artists, and discover the nuances of their erotic and tragic love. Miguel A. Castillo’s Senior 700 work in Directing and Choreography. A Dance Program and Theatre Department event.

Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$8 Youth 18 and under/$6 Middlebury students; on sale April 23.

AUDITIONS for The Dance Company of Middlebury

Saturday May 12, 2018

10-11:30am, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Warrior Work: Show Up. Tell the Truth.

The Dance Company of Middlebury, directed by Lida Winfield, is looking for dedicated, brave dancers for an interdisciplinary collaboration. Be ready to dig deep, contribute to creative ideas, and use your strong voices as well as bodies. We will learn to teach and perform in a variety of communities, using dance as a platform for personal truth-telling and bridge building. No need to prepare anything ahead of time, please show up ready to dance.

Contact Lida Winfield with any questions.


Students must be on campus for pre-semester rehearsal Sept. 7-9. Class meets Fall semester Mon-Thurs 4:30-6:30pm as well as Winter 2019, where travel will take place. Credit is available either fall or winter term.

Movement Matters: Improvisation Laboratory with Lida Winfield

May 12, Saturday

12:00-4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These intensives focus on improvisation skills and relationships to the self, others, and the elements of space and time. All experience levels welcome. Discounts available for multiple classes.

Co-presented with FlynnArts. Register:

Looking Deeper: A Contemporary Dance Intensive for Advanced Improvisors with Susan Sgorbati

May 13, Sunday

12:00-4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These intensives support and strengthen improvisation technique tools—both in performance and creation—for the community of advanced improvisers/contemporary dance-makers. Discounts available for multiple classes. Co-presented with FlynnArts. Register:

Co-curricular Movement Classes

Beginning February 19, 2018

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

Yoga with Russell Comstock

     Fridays through spring break, Thursdays after spring break, 5:00-6:15 PM, MCA 109

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