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Presemester Workshop with Daniel Lepkoff

September 12-15, Saturday-Tuesday
9:00AM; Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
lepkoff maria soares 2009.jpgPre-registered students return to campus for an intensive re entry experience with distinguished artist and Vermont resident, Daniel Lepkoff. Lepkoff’s work looks at all of our movement as a finely tuned physical dialogue with the environment and explores the form and composition of these interactions. He has played a central role in the development of Release Technique with Mary Fulkerson and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton since the early ’70’s. As a performer and teacher he is known for composing dances that arises from the process of living movement, a vision of living in the body in a physical dialogue with the natural environment. He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC.

Fall Dance Concert Auditions

September 18, Friday


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Advanced student choreographers audition dancers for the Fall Dance Concert, scheduled for December 4-5, including the Newcomers’ Piece, directed by Maree ReMalia this year, plus choreography by members of the intermediate/advanced dance course. Dancers must take two approved technique classes per week to perform in the concert. The Newcomer’s Piece is open to anyone who has not yet performed in a dance programsponsored concert. All are welcome, come dressed to move.

Master Class: Rennie Harris, R.H.A.W

September 28, Monday
4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
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Clifford Symposium: The “good” Body

Taking inspiration from both the recent onslaught of racialized violence and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this three-day academic symposium interrogates the ideas of assumption, access, and accountability through the lens of artistic engagement, dialogic process, and self-study. Participants are invited to reflect on the ways in which body politics have played out in their lives on and off the campus of Middlebury College. See the full schedule of free events at the 2015 Clifford Symposium site.

September 24, Thursday
     Keynote Lecture by Barak adé Soleil
     4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
     ShepparddeS-Baraka-de-Soleil-Photo-Jacob-Boll.jpgKickoff event for the 2015 Clifford Symposium, The “good” Body. Reception to follow in the lower lobby.

     7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
     Open discussion groups led by various facilitators will follow the screening of Karina Epperlein’s short documentary about Homer Avila.

September 25, Friday
     Movement Workshop and discussion with Toby McNutt
     1:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

     Movement Workshop with Barak adé Soleil
     5:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

September 26, Saturday
     Body Stories with Andrea Olsen
     5:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109

     Barak adé Soleil Performance
     8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
     Barak adé Soleil is a disabled artist of color who passionately embraces the politics of identity, culture, and aesthetics, with precise and focused attention to representations of race, disability, and the body. A feature presentation of the 2015
Clifford Symposium.

Lucky Plush Masterclass


October 3, Friday

10:00- 11:30 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Lucky Plush Productions (LPP) is a Chicago-based dance theater company led by founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads. LPP is committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence—a palpable liveness—shared by performers in real-time with audiences. The company is equally dedicated to creating work that is richly complex and broadly accessible. Critics and audiences alike recognize LPP for its complex choreography, moving content, surprising humor, and incisive commentary on contemporary culture. Since its founding in 1999, LPP has premiered over 30 original works, including ten evening-length productions.  Sponsored by the Dance Program.  Free

Gaga Workshop with Maree ReMalia


October 5, Monday

1:45- 2:35 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Come join Maree ReMalia in discussing Gaga movement language during Tzveta Kassabova's Dance Theory/History class. The class is for ages 16+ and open to the public.


October 6, Tuesday

3:00- 4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Maree ReMalia will be teaching a Gaga class during Tzveta Kassabova's Dance Technique course. The class is for ages 16+ and open to the public. No experience necessary.


Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health

October 4, Sunday
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A dance in seven sections with text and movement by Andrea Olsen, introduced by John Elder. This 40-minute performance project is based on travels and dancing at seven seaweed sites, including Monterey, California; Brittany, France; Connemara, Ireland; Skagaströnd, Iceland; Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; Briny Breezes, Florida; and the Florida Keys. A brief discussion about the relationship between art making and environmental projects will follow the presentation. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies and Dance programs as part of the Celebration of 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership at Middlebury.

until the Golden Tides (Hardwig + Heller)

October 14, Wednesday
7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
4until the Golden Tides.jpegAn evening of dance works created and co-curated by Scotty Hardwig (2015-18 Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance) and Molly Heller (Salt Lake City-based dance artist), who will be in residence for the week of October 12-15. For this concert, Hardwig’s new trio work, Before we mothernaked fall, explores the poetic processes and expressionist sensibilities of works by Dylan Thomas through the male homosensual body. Heller will show the East Coast premiere of This is your Paradise, a work that challenges and confronts elements of our human existence, such as struggle, resistance, hope and faith, with an intention to acknowledge and embrace being made visible in these negotiations. These two dance artists will also be premiering a new duet work along themes of creation through distance, disconnection, and the energetic undercurrents that run beneath the sea of
human sensation.

Liz Lerman Residency


MacArthur Genius, Professor of the Practice, Liz Lerman

Schedule of events:

November 16, Monday


ARDV 0116-Creative Process

MCA Studio 109

November 17, Tuesday


DANC 0277-Body & Earth

MCA Studio 110/Dance Theatre


DANC 0360-Modified Critical Response Process

MCA Studio 110/Dance Theatre

November 18, Wednesday


Lecture & Book Signing-"Making Rules, Breaking Rules"

MCA Studio 110/Dance Theatre

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance.

A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and led it until 2011. Her current work,Healing Wars, is touring across the US. Liz conducts residencies on the Critical Response Process, creative research, the intersection of art and science, and the building of narrative within dance performance at such institutions as Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the National Theatre Studio among many others. Her third book, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press.

Sponsored by: The Dance Program, The Center for Careers and Internships,MiddCORE, The Professors of the Practice Program, The Committee on the Arts, The Community Engagement Office, The Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and The Academic Enrichment Fund

Fall Dance Concert

December 4, 5 Friday and Saturday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

6 fall concert mandy kimm.jpgThis evening of new dance works showcases the choreography of emerging student dance artists at the intermediate and advanced levels, and the 2015 Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed by Maree ReMalia. This dynamic evening of ideas in motion is directed by Scotty Hardwig in collaboration with the choreographers. $12 Public/$10 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; on sale November 16.

Taking Flight

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December 9, Wednesday

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 Advanced Beginning Dance course, facilitated by Assistant Professor Christal Brown. Free.

DCM Works in Progress Showing

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December 10, Thursday

5:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Dance Company of Middlebury presents, From Somewhere, a work in progress showing. Free.

Otto Pierce Solo Performance "Me, Gravity" & Video "Me, You"

Otto's Work in Progress Showing Poster

December 10, Thursday

6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

This Thursday Otto Pierce will show his dance solo titled "Me, Gravity" and a video titled "Me, You" in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre. (He will show twice, once at 6pm and once at 8pm). Free

Vermont Choreographers’ Showcase

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December 11, Friday

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Enjoy an evening of new dance works by Vermont choreographers  Erika Lawlor Schmidt, Paula Higa, The Montpelier Movement Collective, and surprise guests. The evening will feature live music, projected film, innovative improvisation, and dynamic choreography. Curated by Hanna Satterlee with support from the Middlebury College Dance ProgramBuy Tickets: $12 Public/$10 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; on sale November 23. Box Office Info>>


In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic

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12:30 PM Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre


In this 1-hour dance/theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability, Vermont dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist Lida Winfield shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read—which did not occur until her
early twenties. Mixing vignettes woven in a creative and captivating format, the show and companion workshops are a platform to engage a wide variety of populations to experience disability, access, and the value of the arts. 

Radical Humanity: Performance and Social Activism

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January 20, Wednesday

7:00 PM Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre


Lida Winfield directs this showing of student work examining the intersection of social activism and performance. Photo credit: Christine Alicino


Radical Humanity: Performance and Social Activism


February 3, Wednesday

7:00 PM Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre


Tiffany Rhynard directs this showing of student work examining the intersection of social activism and performance.

Photo credit: Brett Simison

Lecture Presentation: Bodies of Early German Expressionism in the Weimar Era

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February 2, Tuesday
4:30PM Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Sophie Bufton '15.5 will present her independent research in Dance History this term with an investigation of early German ausdruckstanz philosophy, with a focus on the works and influence of Mary Wigman, and how images and notions of "the ideal body” existed or were challenged during the interregnum period in Europe.

Bodies of Saltwater: Senior Thesis Showing by Sophie Bufton

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8:00 PM Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre


Sophie Bufton presents her joint thesis with Dance and Anthropology, a piece of embodied scholarship that explores a cultural history of the ocean and British maritime imperialism. Her research challenges the traditional written form of ethnography as it presents text, movement, video, and artifacts to metamorphose the stage, using movement vocabulary that embodies fragmentation, fluidity, meditation and powerful emancipation.

The Solo Workshop

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8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Solo Workshop, in collaboration with the UVM Lane Series, presents its fifth evening of new works, continuing an exploration of what “solo” means to both artist and audience. To explore the collaborative, creative process, The Solo workshop brings together five University of Vermont artists and five Middlebury College artists to form pairs of choreographer-dancers and composer-musicians. Each twosome creates and performs a new piece, investigating the rich history and possibilities of the interaction of music and dance. The five new works are enhanced by lighting design and innovative use of the Dance Theatre space. Choreographer-dancers paired with composer-musicians: Paul Besaw (UVM) and Peter Hamlin '73 (Middlebury); Christal Brown (Middlebury) and David Neiweem (UVM); Selene Colburn (UVM) and Kathy Wonson-Eddy (Middlebury); Scotty Hardwig (Middlebury) and Patricia Julien (UVM); and Tzveta Kassabova (Middlebury) and Ray Vega (UVM). Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale February 1. Online box office>>

The Opulence of Integrity

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7:00 PM, Town Hall Theater 

Christal Brown’s four-movement, evening-length dance work is inspired by Muhammad Ali’s career as a boxer, and his life as a social activist, public martyr, and human being. The performance explores the inner struggle for identity for men of color in the United States, with an intimate look at the trappings that continually prohibit freedom. Brown dedicates the work “to her father, brother, and uncle—who fought but did not win—and to her own son, whose battle has not yet begun. To be born branded by history, burdened by responsibility, and inspired towards greatness requires a committed heart and an opulence of integrity.” Tickets:  $20/adults, $15 students (of all ages). A co-production of Town Hall Theater and Inspirit Dance Company, sponsored by the Dance Program. Buy tickets>>

Faculty Dance Concert

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8:00 PM each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Dance Program offers samples of faculty choreography, featuring works by Christal Brown, Scotty Hardwig, Tzveta Kassabova, Katie Martin, and Maree ReMalia. Buy Tickets: $12 Public/$10 middelbury ID holder/$6 Middlebury Students; on sale February 29. Box Office Info>>

Tzveta Kassabova with Paul Matteson'00 and Elena Demyanenko

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8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Tzveta Kassabova (Middlebury College), Elena Demyanenko (Bennington College), Paul Matteson ’00 (Five Colleges) and Jennifer Nugent present Suneaters, a new collaborative work serving as a unique meeting place for dance artists with distinctive backgrounds, behaviors, languages, and cultures. Also featured on the program is Kassabova’s newly crafted group work of this world of ours that reveals her fascination with the concept of space and her constant desire to address it in both choreography and design. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program. Buy Tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Box Office Info>>

Senior Thesis Dance Concert: Sky Williams/Celeste Allen ’16 and Otto Pierce ’16

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8:00 PM each evening, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Two seniors examine the intersection of contemporary choreography with their varied additional disciplines—environmental studies, sociology, and anthropology—to create an evening as diverse and layered as their intellectual pursuits. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Buy Tickets: $12 Public/$10 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; on sale April 18. Box Office Info>>

Showing: From Africa to the Americas (DANC 163)

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When:   Tuesday May 10th from 2-2:30pm

Where:  Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Students in Christal Brown's Spring Term class, From Africa to the Americas, perform traditional works from Guinea taught by guest artist Simbo Camara and contemporary choreography that incorporates styles from the African Diaspora as well as historic excerpts from iconic black choreographies. This course emphasizes the influence of traditions from the African Diaspora on contemporary modern dance and American culture. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Taking Flight: Improvisational Practices (DANC 261)

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An informal showing of improvised movement works by the DANC 261 Improvisational Practices class:

Chi Chi Chang ’18, Hannah Habermann ’18, Kean Haunt ’17, Franz Hernandez ’18, Isabel Herrick ‘19.5, Mandy Kimm ’17, Vladimir Kremenovic ’17, Mariah Levin ‘16.5, Zac Lounsbury ’16, Matea Mills-Andruk ‘18.5, Kate Monroe ‘18.5, Ravi Patel ’19, Rubby Paulino ’18, Ollie Ringland ’19, Eli Susman ‘18.5, Esme Valette ‘16


With sound by Dance Program musician Ron Rost
Wednesday, May 11th at 4:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre
Free and open to the public

Auditions: The Dance Company of Middlebury, 2016-2017

The Dance Comapny of Middlebury, under the direction of Scotty Hardwig, travels to Mexico to partner with the Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlan. Auditions open to sophomores through seniors. Thursday, May 12, 4:30pm, MCA Dance Theatre

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The FemmeSlay Kronikles Vol. 2: Return of the Slay

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The FemmeSlay Kronikles Vol. 2: Return of the Slay is a performance and party featuring the independent project research of Octavio Hingle-Webster, '17. The night begins at 10PM with solo and group dance performances exploring queerness and the emancipatory power of failure. The performance will merge into a dance party with participatory nightlife movement experiences in which all audience members are invited to join, if they wish! The night will culminate in sets by students DJs and sound artists TBA. Coltrane Lounge, Adirondack House

SPARKS: Dance and Design (DANC 375)

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a showing of compositions created by the DANC 375 Dance and Design course

original costumes, lighting, scenery, movement:

Becky Lafon ’19, Zac Lounsbury ’16, Maya Norbu ’18.5, Emmet Norris ’18.5

Friday, May 13 at 3:00pm

Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre

Skinner Releasing Technique and Composition Master Class

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MFA from the WAC/Dance department at UCLA

Teacher: Composition, Improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2016

Where: MCA 110

12:00-3:00pm daily

Sponsored by Living Dance

Program in Dance

Mahaney Center for the Arts
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