Movement Matters

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents
a series of one-time classes and workshops on a variety of topics.

Free and open to the general public as well as the College community. All experience levels welcome.

Master Class: Afro-Haitian Dance: technique, culture, and aesthetics

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – 1:30pm
Master Class: Afro-Haitian Dance: technique, culture, and aesthetics

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

A master dance class with Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire and live drumming. Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire (BabaSeb) is a Haitian Artist and Houngan who strongly believes in the use of the performing arts to trigger social change. He has trained in African and Afro-Haitian techniques, as well as in classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. Babbas has worked with many artists internationally, and travels to teach, choreograph, and collaborate with artists throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, and West Africa. He is the founder of the AfrikAyiti Project, and always wishes to promote Africa together with Haiti in sharing his culture wherever he teaches or performs. Co-sponsored with the Sophomore Seminar Program. Free and open to the public. 


Alumni Takeover: Kizuna Dance

Sunday-Friday, October 27-November 1, 2019
Alumni Takeover: Kizuna Dance

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

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. He was awarded a 2019-20 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship to collaborate with renowned Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki on the creation of a new 30-minute work to be showcased as part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games events. 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. Photo by Jazzy Photo.

The residency includes guest instruction in dance classes, a performance, as well as two public events. Please join us in the Dance Theatre for a:

  • Movement Matters Master Class on Wednesday, October 30, at 4:30pm
  • Career Conversation, co-sponsored with CCI, on Thursday, October 31 at 11am.

 

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


 

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. The residency is co-sponsored by the Dance Program, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Middle East Studies Program, and the Arabic Department. Free. Image by Raoof Haj Yihia


 

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.


 

Program in Dance

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