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.

Movement Matters Spotlight with scholar Norton Owen

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

Dance Through the Ages at Jacob's Pillow

As America's first and longest-running dance festival, Jacob's Pillow has served as a cultural crossroads since 1933. On staff for half of its 86 seasons, Director of Preservation Norton Owen brings a unique perspective to his role as keeper of the flame, presiding over thousands of videos, photographs, and artifacts that chart the history of dance in the 20th and 21st centuries. In this presentation, he brings together past and present, sharing some rare archival films and making a case for dance's continuing relevance in today's world.


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.

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


Improvisation and Composition with Peter B. Schmitz

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Peter B. Schmitz, actor, dancer, choreographer, teacher has been involved in the creative and performing arts for over 30-years working in the mediums of theatre, dance and film/video as a freelance artist. As a professional dancer, Peter has performed/ taught/choreographed for various companies, college departments throughout the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Turkey. Peter appeared last spring in the theatre department’s 2018 production of ENRON, and is currently touring with Doggie Hamlet directed by Ann Carlson. Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Professor of the Practice Program. Free

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.

Note: Fields of Reckoning has been re-scheduled to Friday October 26 at 3:30pm due to weather.

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.

Program in Dance

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