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. 

Photo by Jonathan Hsu


 

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. 


RDDI New England Now Pre-Lab Community Forum and Professional Development Workshop

Saturday, November 2, 2019 – 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
RDDI New England Now Pre-Lab Community Forum and Professional Development Workshop

Mahaney Arts Center, Room 125 and 209

REGISTER HERE

Co-Hosted by Middlebury College in partnership with Vermont Dance Alliance

The New England Foundation for the Arts’ Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) is a program of the National Dance Project (NDP). The purpose of RDDI is to increase the scope, visibility and viability of dance activity in and across regions in the United States. An application will be available in December for interested participants.

RDDI New England Now is designed to strengthen and elevate visibility for New England dance makers as a direct response to findings from two gatherings with New England Choreographers and New England Dance Cultural Organizers hosted in 2017.

Learn more about RDDI.

Join us for an informational session to learn more about the seventh iteration of RDDI focused on the alignment of New England resources, relationships, and opportunities in support of New England dance makers.

NEFA staff and Regional Advocates will share context on the developing RDDI initiative and discuss thematic priorities of the RDDI Lab to be held in 2020 at Bates Dance Festival (applications available in December).

The day will conclude with a Professional Development Workshop facilitated by Christal Brown. See below for full description.

Schedule

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Arrive & Mingle, MAC Lower Lobby

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - RDDI Information Session, Room 125

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch with Forum Attendees and Vermont College Dance Exchange Participants, MAC Lower Lobby

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Professional Development Workshop facilitated by Christal Brown, Studio 109

To secure a spot in the forum, we recommend registering by October 28, 2019.

Note: Coffee, tea, and light refreshments available in the morning as folks arrive. Lunch will be provided, please include dietary information with registration.

Christal Brown: Arts & Entrepreneurship

This workshop is designed to give tangible language to the transferable skills inherent in all creatives. Participants will be lead through a process of assert mapping, value creation, and goal setting designed to establish a working plan for bringing their work to fruition. 


Vermont College Dance Exchange

Saturday, November 2, 2019 – 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Vermont College Dance Exchange: Performance

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

An opportunity for students from colleges across the state to share their freshest creations, as a chance to build community and collaborate. Free and open to the public.


Vermont College Dance Exchange

Friday and Saturday, November 1-2, 2019
Vermont College Dance Exchange

Students and faculty from Bennington College, UVM, and Marlboro College gather to share classes and creative work in our annual community building event. All Middlebury College students are invited to attend. Full details are available here.


 

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. Photo by Nico Koki.


 

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.

 

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 and Zoe Rabinowitz 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. The residency is co-sponsored by the Dance Program, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Middle East Studies Program, and the Arabic Department. 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. The residency is co-sponsored by the Dance Program, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Middle East Studies Program, and the Arabic Department. 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


 

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

WHEN BIRDS REFUSED TO FLY (Teaser) from Esther Baker-Tarpaga on Vimeo.

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. Co-sponsored with the French Department. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale September 23. Images by Géry Barbot


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


 

Lecture Performance with the Illustrious Blacks

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – 4:30 PM   
Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

With inspiration from artists like Prince, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Boy George, and George Clinton, The Illustrious Blacks have a mission to fuse futuristic funk, hypnotic house, and cosmic pop into pulsating positivity for the planet. The real life married couple are not only co­-pilots on their artistic voyage, but are united in their fantastical journey through life. The acclaimed couple are known for their epic live shows and DJ sets, which fuse music, dance, theater, and fashion as the ingredients to expand minds, shake bootys, and save the world one beat at a time. Their infectious DJ set on Okayplayer’s Facebook live went viral and has put them on the global radar of emerging musical artists. The Illustrious Blacks have been receiving praise from major media outlets including The New Yorker Magazine. Their celebratory music video “Black Like Jesus” was premiered in Billboard. Also, their single “Revolutionary Love” debuted in Paper Magazine, while its music video was featured on Out.com. They were also featured in a lifestyle article for the New York Times. Free. Photo by Gregory Kramer

 

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. 


 

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


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

 

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.


 

LA invasion

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – 6:00 PM

LA Invasion Arts Residency: Workshop

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Assistant Professor Laurel Jenkins convenes a residency with dance artists from Los Angeles, California to research and collaborate on movement, teaching, and dance-making practices. This Movement Matters Community Dance Workshop will focus on contemporary techniques, with an emphasis on experimentation. Open to all levels. The public is welcome, but please help our students respect the Language Pledge by limiting the speaking of English outside the theatre. Free

 

Friday, August 9, 2019 – 7:30 PM

LA Invasion Arts Residency: Performance

7:30 PM, Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Assistant Professor Laurel Jenkins convenes a residency with dance artists from Los Angeles, California to research and collaborate on movement, teaching, and dance-making practices. This Informal showing shares works in progress created during the week’s intensive. Free; donations accepted for Vermont Dance Alliance.

 

Program in Dance

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