Movement Matters Master Class with Dante Brown

Saturday, March 9, 2019 -12:00 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Studio 109

Class begins with improvisatory exercises, either individually or in groups, and progresses to shorter technical exercises and movement phrases that include pliés, footwork and floorwork. Class ends with a dynamic, communal and highly physical phrase performed with vigor – dancers moving in and out of the floor, taking risks and eating up space.


Movement Matters Intensive with Christal Brown

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Liquid Strength with Christal Brown
Mahaney Arts Center, Studio 109

Christal Brown’s “Liquid Strength" (A technique laboratory focused on moving, intention, and analyzation) combines the focus and intention of a meditative practice with a series of exercises designed to train the body in articulate expression as well as athletic execution; Brown's class focuses on developing the total artist. Exercises will focus on alignment, torso and spinal flexibility, clarity of focus, upper body strength, lower body strength, and abdominal control. Working to transform philosophical notions of being into movement explorations, students will discover intersections between technique and performance: yielding transference. Photo: Matthew Thorsen


The Dance Company of Middlebury In-Progress Showing

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Dance Company of Middlebury, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor Lida Winfield and in collaboration with guest artist Aysha Upchurch, is teaching and performing in a variety of communities, using dance as a platform for personal truth–telling and bridge building. This research will culminate in an original evening length work to be performed and toured in January. Come take a sneak peek at “Warrior Work: Show Up. Tell the Truth.” Free


Taking Flight

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 4:30 PM
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, Michael Chorney, and Deborah Felmeth. Free

Fall Dance Concert

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists and the annual Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed this year by the Dance Company of Middlebury under the direction of Lida Winfield. The evening is directed by Assistant Professor Laurel Jenkins in collaboration with the choreographers. A Dance Program event. Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale November 12.

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.

Bebe Miller Company: In a Rhythm

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A suite of dances based on the dynamics of adaptation and translation inspired by the writings of Gertrude Stein, Toni Morrison, and David Foster Wallace, whose voices capture diverse cultural relevancies through their structure of language. Choreographer Bebe Miller looks at the syntax of movement—how we apprehend meaning through the juxtaposed dynamics of action and context in time and space.

This dance program event is presented in conjunction with the 2018 Clifford Symposium, centered on American author Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others. Additional co-sponsors include the Performing Arts Series, the Office of the President, the Committee on the Arts, the Professors of the Practice program, and the Sophomore Symposium program.

Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students; on sale October 22.

Free master classes will be taught by company members on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 11:00am and 3:00pm

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.

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 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


Global Dance Dialogues with Lee Serle

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:00 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Contemporary Choreography Conversations from Melbourne to New York to Lyon

Australian dancer and choreographer Lee Serle will discuss and share practices from his international career. As a dancer in Australia, Lee performed with Gideon Obarzanek’s company Chunky Move, with Rebecca Hilton, and with Lucy Guerin. These Australian dancemakers were influenced by New York choreographers Trisha Brown and Tere O’Connor, so when Lee was invited to perform with these companies in New York, it was a natural fit. His choreographic practice embodies the international and cross-cultural nature of the dance community and how dance flows across borders. Lee was recently invited to choreograph for the Lyon Opera Ballet and currently makes contemporary performance in Melbourne and performs in New York. This is a participatory movement lecture with live music. Please wear comfortable clothes.

This event is cosponsored by the Dance Program and the Rohatyn Center.


Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM
The Orchard Room (Room 103), The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Christal Brown, Program in Dance; Director of MiddCORE, “Art and Innovation: Understanding Transferrable Skills”

Program in Dance

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