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Embodied Happenings

Embodied Happenings
Dance Company of Middlebury, 2021

What: Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM)
Where: Remote J-Term and In-Person Spring, MAC Dance Theater, at Middlebury College
When: J-Term and Spring Semesters, 2021
Who: This year, DCM is open to freshmen through seniors deeply interested in the practice of dancing. Participants must participate in both semesters and be on campus this Spring.
How: To apply, write a one-page letter of intent that describes your history as a mover/artist and your specific interest in joining DCM 2021. Send this to Assistant Professor of Dance, Laurel Jenkins laurelj@middlebury.edu no later than Friday, November 13th.

The Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) is a credit-bearing course, open by application this year to freshmen through seniors. DCM requires two semesters (J-Term and Spring) of participation for two academic credits. In the Spring, DCM meets in person M-Th afternoons.

This year 2021, DCM will be directed by Assistant Professor and Chair of Dance, Laurel Jenkins, with renowned guest artists who specialize in performance, media arts, costume design, and arts administration. Laurel Jenkins is a dancer and choreographer involved in interdisciplinary dialogues in the realms of contemporary dance, opera, music, and theater. She engages with the choreographic process as a radical space for reimagining our collective human experience. See http://www.laureljenkins.com/ for more information.

We live in a time of deep change, disruption, and uncertainty that demands innovation and collaboration across our differences. “Embodied Happenings” is a training immersion program involving Middlebury students in the collective process of making original performance work with working professionals. Our remote J-Term will focus on intensive research with the guest artists to articulate our collective questions, devise strategies for dance making, building solo and group phrase material, constructing costumes, and making media collages to be used for performance projections. The Spring will involve continued work with the guest artists as we engage in intensive physical training, choreographic development, and performing. In the Spring, DCM participants will create a number of site-specific performances and virtual events to infuse the campus with Embodied Happenings. We will create performance happenings for the Dance Theater and throughout campus. Some performances will travel across campus, some will utilize projection at night, some will involve costume, duration, and storytelling. Our aim is to invent multiple performance modalities and tour our work across campus this spring. 

Dance Meeting

Monday, November 9, 2020 – 4:30PM
MAC Plaza Tent
Dance meeting

Note new date! Join the dance faculty and your community for an in-person review of our upcoming opportunities: Dance Company of Middlebury, sharing your movement practice, and the curricular plans for January and spring. We are brainstorming for the spring Movement Matters series, so bring your ideas, we’d love to hear from you. Limited to 25 folks who are allowed on campus, sign up here.


Call for solos, duets, and trios!


Call for solos, duets, and trios!

We want to share your unique movement practice during a special performance opportunity on Friday, November 13, at 5:00pm. You will perform for a remote audience live from the MAC Dance Theatre in collaboration with lighting designer Jennifer Ponder (5 min time limit), or remotely via pre-recorded video submission (3 min time limit). All bodies, dances, styles and abilities welcome. Open to anyone who has taken a dance course at Middlebury, majors and minors strongly encouraged to apply, feel free to pass this on. For more information contact laurelj@middlebury.edu

  • 10 performance spaces are available. 
  • Submit a 30 second video introducing yourself and showing your work in progress to the open call submissions folder.    
  • Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 26 at 2:30pm

Movement Matters Master Class with Kari Borni


Monday, October 26, 2020 – 4:30PM-5:30PM
Movement Matters Master Class with Kari Borni
Mahaney Arts Center, Plaza Tent            

Kari Borni leads an outdoor movement class in collaboration with musicians Deborah Felmeth and Ron Rost. Come in shoes and clothing that allows you to dance in the grass. All bodies and abilities welcome, face coverings are required. Free, space is limited to those allowed on campus, sign up here. Photo by Peter Sergay. Contact dance@middlebury.edu with any questions.

Movement Matters Weekly Classes

Monday, October 19 + 26, 2020 - 4:30

Movement Matters Weekly Classes

Mahaney Arts Center, Plaza Tent

Every Monday this semester we are happy to offer Improvisational dance classes led by one of our faculty and musically accompanied by Ron Rost and Deborah Felmeth. Classes are open only to students on-campus. We welcome all bodies and abilities to join us! It is recommended to come in clothes that allow you to dance in the grass and please wear your mask. Spots are limited, sign-ups will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram (@dancemidd) or contact Jenn Ponder (ponder@middlebury.edu) for more informtion. Excited to have you with us! [Photo by Peter Sergay]


Program in Dance

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