Fall 2017 Dance Concert: "Future Felt"

New Works by Students and Faculty performed onstage December 1 and 2

 Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present a Fall Dance Concert, an evening of new works titled “Future Felt”, Dec. 1 and 2 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Six dances will make up an evening of work that celebrates the sharing of Middlebury dance students’ creative processes and research. The performance is coordinated by Artist-In-Residence Julian Barnett.

 The choreographers’ work explores the art form of choreography as an act of social, political and artistic inquiry. The evening traverses rich emotional and conceptual landscapes and presents individual perspectives of beauty, faith, transformation, society, and resistance by interrogating personal layers of identity, meaning, memory, perception and experience.

 The evening begins at 8pm, where Julian Barnett will present the Newcomers’ Piece, an annual work featuring dancers new to the Middlebury College Dance Program. This year, Barnett explores the act of choreography as a way of building community around a shared interest for moving into the unfamiliar. New to You explores the possibilities of how curiosity creates encounters that can dissolve assumptions and expand the scope of what we see, feel, and learn.

 The performance continues, where five emerging choreographers present their artistic work.

 A Reprogramming is a piece created by Roxy Adviento '18. It is a highly self-aware piece that experiments with the mechanics of creating "humans" who create performances. 

 What We Do with the Rest of Our Time, choreographed by Matea Mills-Andruk ‘18.5, visually describes the love and complexity of connections within protest culture and displays the coexistence of the mundane, the silliness and care found in friendship, and the seriousness of protest demands.

 BoUnd, choreographed by Asia M-Funches ’18 and dancers, calls upon the individual. This duet will rhythmically reveal the fragmented navigation and awareness of identity within the confines of relationships and boundaries in life.

 Loosely based on the book of Hosea, the piece Hesed, choreographed by Deborah Leedy ‘18, uses improvisation to explore what faithfulness and unfaithfulness looks like onstage. The simplicity of trust contrasts the complexity of human interactions and begins to delve into the meaning of faith.

 Hype, choreographed by Maggie Phillips '19, is for the curious, the experimental, and the self-expressive trying to make sense of the invigoration and frustration of polarized emotions.

The Fall Dance Concert “Future Felt” will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, 2017. The performances begin each evening at 8:00pm in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

Pictured: Roxy Adviento '18 by Alan Kimara Dixon

DCM: The Solo Project

January 31, Wednesday

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

The 13 performers of the Dance Company of Middlebury share solos they have made synthesizing their two semester exploration of individuality, place, aquisition, lineage, and the construction of identity.

Free.
 

Dinner and Auditions

Sept. 14, Thursday
Welcome Back dinner before auditions
6:00 PM, 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

 Sept. 14, Thursday
Fall Concert Auditions
7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Advanced student choreographers audition dancers for the annual Fall Dance Concert, Dec. 1-2, which includes the 2017 Newcomers’ Piece, directed by Julian Barnett. 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.

Career talk with Mark Stuver ’97.5

Sept 15, Friday
12:15 PM Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Mark has a BA in theater-dance and a Master's degree in Psychology. In addition to performing, directing and writing, he has worked as an executive advisor, teacher, coach, therapist, and trainer for organizations, actors, dancers, athletes, puppeteers, surfers, and individuals who defy description. He has served as an artist-ambassador on Bandaloop tours to India and China sponsored by the U.S. State Department and continues to perform, direct and scout for the company. He is also the recipient of numerous academic merit scholarships, honors and awards. Bring your own lunch. Sponsored by the Dance Program, the Mahaney Center for the Arts, and CCI. Free.

Dafra Kura Band

September 26, Tuesday

7:30 PM McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Hailing from Burkina Faso, the Dafra Kura Band fuses the high energy of the griot ancestral tradition and the contemporary sounds of modern African cities sourced from Manding tradition, nomad desert blues, and Afrobeat. Hear the band shine solo before their performances with Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project later in the week. Olivier Tarpaga, artistic director. Tickets: $10/10/6

Baker & Tarpaga Master Class

September 27, Wednesday

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

The transnational performance group Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project (BTDP), based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Philadelphia, draws from Africanist and postmodernist aesthetics. Presented as part of the Performing Arts Series and supported by NEFA.

For full sponsorship and residency details:

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Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

September 29–30, Friday–Saturday

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

The transnational performance group Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project (BTDP), based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Philadelphia, draws from Africanist and postmodernist aesthetics. BTDP presents Declassified Memory Fragment, a dance theatre work with live music, inspired by memory, history, and images of the political and cultural realities currently affecting the continent of Africa. Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Tickets: $22/16/6 

Presented as part of the Performing Arts Series and supported by NEFA.

For full sponsorship and residency details:

go/declassified

Releasing into Action with Laurel Jenkins


October 14, Saturday

12:00-2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

In this workshop we will focus on the principle that when we are releasing physical tension, we can move with greater freedom, power and articulation. We will practice both solo dancing and partnering. The workshop will culminate in trios that travel through space and allow us to experience giving and receiving each other's weight. All experience levels welcome!  

Free and open to the public.

www.laureljenkins.com

Contemporary Technique with Alexandra Beller

November 1, Wednesday

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

Alexandra Beller says of her work, “My form of Dance Theater is truly a democratic use of movement and words, a series of artistic collisions where bodies, words, objects and sound function as characters in a human narrative.”

She has been the Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances for 15 years. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, Beller performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. www.alexandrabellerdances.org

Free and open to the public. All experience levels welcome!

Sponsored by the Dance Program.

Alumni Takeover


November 13-17, Monday-Friday

The Middlebury Dance Program is kicking off the inaugural Alumni Takeover! Dance alumni from the past 13 years return to campus to teach a week of the entire dance curriculum, perform, lead workshops, and hold one on one mentoring sessions with current students. 

Here is a detailed list of all events, including curricular classes open to the College community.

For more information on the public events, see the descriptions below.

To learn more about the visiting alumni go to: go/dancefieldguide

Sponsored by the Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance, the Center for Careers and Internships, the Chellis House, and the Middlebury Department of Music.

Twerkshop with The Lady B ’13

November 13, Monday

1:30-2:45 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Blending the basics of movement therapy, a warm-up of Pilates and yoga, and the twerk in its many forms, The Lady B will guide you through a series of twerking tools to increase your visceral vocabulary in a purposefully non-appropriative setting. You will learn to question, with your mind and body, how you can navigate this Africanist movement in a body-affirming way outside of the standard Euro-centric dance studio choreography context. The Lady B will invite you to build your core strength, explore the capacity of your anatomy, and celebrate your booty.

www.theladyb.com

Sponsored by CCI, the Dance Program, and Chellis House. Free and open to the public.

Capoeira with Jeremy Cline ’11

November 13, Monday

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

Capoeira is an African-Brazilian art which combines dance, martial arts, acrobatics, and music, emphasizes community, harmony, and philosophy of living. Cline (@whoisembodied) has studied capoeira since 2007, and currently trains with Mestre Silvinho of the international Capoeira Angola Foundation in Seattle.

Sponsored by CCI and the Dance Program. Free and open to the public.

Image credit: Ines Magaña

Alumni Takeover Panel

November 15, Wednesday 

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

Dance alumni from the last 13 years take over a week of the dance program curriculum, offering a range of classes from November 13-17, culminating in this panel discussion followed by a reception in the MCA lower lobby. Pictured: Jeremy Cline '11, by Ines Magaña

Presented by the Dance Program and CCI

go/dancefieldguide

Dance Alumni Performance

November 16, Thursday

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

Recent alumni return to perform excerpts from their latest creative work. Sponsored by the Dance Program and CCI. Buy Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; on sale October 30. Pictured: Jessica Lee '13 by Ben DeFlorio

Fall 2017 Dance Concert: "Future Felt"

December 1-2, Friday–Saturday

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

This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists at the intermediate and advanced levels, and the annual Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed this year by Artist in Residence Julian Barnett. The evening is directed by Barnett in collaboration with the choreographers. Additional details here. 

Sponsored by the Dance Program. Buy Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students; on sale November 13. Pictured Roxy Adviento '18 by Alan Kimara Dixon

Michelle Gibson Residency

Lecture

December 5, Tuesday

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

Michelle N. Gibson creates works, teaches master classes, and presents lectures that are firmly rooted in her own “New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic" that involves improvised movement, defined footwork, brass band music and the embrace of communal ritual.

Master Class

December 6, Wednesday

4:30-6:00PM Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The class structure includes history, theory, technique and practice. The presentation of information through full embodiment: NOLA essence reflected in voice, facial expression, body language, and eye contact. Technical proficiency of movement is emphasized (rhythm, intention, physicality).


Sponsored by the Dance Company of Middlebury and the Dance Program. Open to all abilities and experiences. Free and open to the public.

Improvisation Showing

December 6, Wednesday

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

An informal evening of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Improvisational Practices course, facilitated by Laurel Jenkins. Live music by Michael Chorney, Ron Rost, Matthew Taylor, and Peter Hamlin. Live light design by Jennifer Ponder. Free.

DCM Works in Progress Showing

December 7, Thursday

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

The Dance Company of Middlebury presents excerpts from Native + Stranger, under development for performance in January. Free.

Presence as Performance with Karima Borni

December 9, Saturday

12:00-2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

In this workshop we will investigate the cultivation of embodied presence by means of techniques drawn from Butoh and other somatic dance traditions. Specifically we will learn to access our bodies using exercises that develop attention, sensitivity, curiosity, self-inquiry and refinement. In the process dancers are encouraged to disappear into the task at hand, to foster their own creativity and to cultivate enriched performance skills. This workshop is open to movers of all levels. Free

In Search of Air

Native + Stranger

January 26-27, Friday-Saturday

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

The 2017-2018 Dance Company of Middlebury presents Native + Stranger: an interdisciplinary exploration of individuality, place, acquisition, lineage, and the construction of identity. Artistic Director Christal Brown collaborates with Rulan Tangen, artistic director of Dancing Earth, over two semesters.

Sponsored by the Middlebury College Program in Dance, the Committee on the Arts, the Professors of the Practice Program.

Tickets: $15 General public/$12 Midd ID holders/$6 Midd students. go/boxoffice

Asia's Senior Thesis Audition

January 30, Tuesday

6:00PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 109

Asia is seeking women of color to join her exploration of identity, family, and connections to home.

Audition for Matea and Deborah's Senior Theses

January 31, Wednesday

7:30PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre 110

Matea’s thesis will explore the embodiment of feminist and queer theory. Deborah is interested in how one’s faith influences the creative process. No dance experience necessary.

Final Showing for Radical Humanity: Performance and Social Activism

February 1, Thursday

7:30PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

In this course, we are looking at performance art and the dynamic power of activism through art, focusing primarily on the collaborative creation of performance infused with a social conscience. Please join us for this informal showing of creation, care and collaboration in this highly experiential class.

ACDA at Boston University

Feb 15-18, Wednesday-Sunday

Middlebury students will attend The American College Dance Association conference in Boston. ACDA’s primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDA’s sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country. The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. The conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.

Movement Matters: Liquid Strength with Christal Brown

Feb 17, Saturday

12:00-2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 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.

Movement Matters: Master Class with Cameron McKinney ’14:

Nagare Technique - Contemporary Hip-Hop & Floorwork

Feb 21, Wednesday

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

This contemporary floorwork-based class will combine the grace of modern with the speed and fluidity and streetdance, capoeira, and house dance. The class is rooted in Cameron McKinney’s NAGARE technique which activates oppositional forces and contrasting sensations to achieve fluid transitions in and out of the floor. Phrases will involve every part of the body—whether in the air or on the ground. The class focuses on how to move from smoothly high to low to high again, and on how to rediscover “the down” through the floorwork-oriented aspects of house dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance. By shifting the focus from an internal dialogue to creating movement that, in its own physicality, can tell a story by itself, the class will delve deeper into the cathartic potential of sweat and exhaustion, while offering a new and active method of expression. This workshop will introduce students to a unique approach to contemporary floorwork, while also allowing them to experience the rawness of underground streetdance. Free and open to the public.

Kizuna Dance Performance

Feb 22, Thursday

7:00 PM Mahaney Center for the Arts, 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. Since then, he has received many awards and honors, including recently being named a participant in the Alvin Ailey Foundation’s New Directions Choreography Lab, provided through generous support from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. He was chosen as one of ten emerging choreographers for Doug Varone’s DEVICES choreographic mentorship program in 2015. He is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center, and has taught on faculty at the Joffrey Dance School, the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, and Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center. Sponsored by the dance program and the Professor of the Practice program. Buy Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$8 Youth 18 and under/$6 Middlebury students; on sale Feb 12.

Julian Barnett’s FootNotes

March 8, Thursday

6:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A lecture-performance about unfolding communication, language, subjectivity, practice, empathy, isolation and potential. Harnessing vocalization as an agent for choreography and the notion that 'languages' exist everywhere, the lecture/performance probes a philosophical thread offered by Roland Barthes' 'grain' of the voice, or the body within the voice as it sings. Free and open to the public.

Movement Matters Master class with Brian McGinnis

March 15, Thursday

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

Brian McGinnis offers a class on Contemporary Modern Technique that uses the joy and passion of moving to engage in the structure and foundation of dance. Be ready to practice a broad range of skills that will help diversify your physical well-being and stimulate your adrenaline.

All experience levels welcome. Free and open to the public.

McGinnis is currently a professor at Boston University after dancing professionally for twenty years in NYC. He has danced with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Elisa Monte Dance, Parsons Dance Company and Buglisi Dance Theatre. Brian has had the opportunity to perform at Jacob's Pillow, Lincoln Center, Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Bolshoi Theatre, American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theatre, NYC City Center, Spoleto Festival, Italy and The Kennedy Center. In 2009, Brian co-created and presented a commissioned evening length work of Romeo and Juliet-a death marked love at The Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. He holds his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Juilliard School under the directorship of Benjamin Harkarvy and an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Science for Massage Therapy. 

Movement Matters Improvisation Laboratory with Hannah Dennison

March 17, Saturday

12:00-4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These intensives focus on improvisation skills and relationships to the self, others, and the elements of space and time. All experience levels welcome. Discounts available for multiple classes. Co-presented with FlynnArts. Register: www.flynncenter.org/education

Movement Matters Workshop: Looking Deeper with Lida Winfield

A Contemporary Dance Intensive for Advanced Improvisors

March 18, Sunday

12:00-4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These intensives support and strengthen improvisation technique tools—both in performance and creation—for the community of advanced improvisers/contemporary dance-makers. Discounts available for multiple classes. Co-presented with FlynnArts. Register: www.flynncenter.org/education

Lecture with Dr. Julia Basso ’04.5: Rhythms of Body, Rhythms of Brain

April 4, Wednesday

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

Basso is a neuroscientist, dancer, alumna, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the College. Her work focuses on the body-brain connection and how we can use physical movement such as exercise and dance to alter brain function and physiology. As a dancer, she has been deeply invested in the practice of Compositional Improvisation, which is a spontaneous ensemble dance making form that relies on self-organization. Self-organization refers to the ability of natural systems to organize in non-random and meaningful ways; the brain is one such self-organizing system. This talk will focus on the relationship between the self-organizing nature of the brain and the self-organizing processes that drive the group behavior in Compositional Improvisation. We will further discuss how the self-organizing processes on the dance floor lead to connection, communication, and meaning making, which is a metaphor for the morphological and physiological processes that occur during heightened states of self-organization in the brain. Sponsored by the dance program. Free and open to the public.

Faculty Dance Concert

April 19, Thursday

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

On one night only, the Dance Program offers samples of faculty choreography, featuring works by Julian Barnett, Karima Borni, Christal Brown, Laurel Jenkins, and Lida Winfield. Sponsored by the Dance Program.

Buy Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$8 Youth 18 and under/$6 Middlebury students; on sale April 2.

Butoh: Triality of Dark, Light, & Self with Julian Barnett

April 23, Monday

4:00-5:30PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Butoh is an internationally recognized physical art-form that embodies Japanese post-war expressionism. Founded by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno in the late 1950’s Tokyo, Japan, Butoh has evolved and spawned a multitude of definitions, aesthetics, and artists. This workshop will attempt to unpack philosophical and practical implications of Butoh and support its practice as a means for deeper ontology, cultural understanding, and artistic expression. Rooted in the body, this workshop will focus on the corporeal experience as well as imagery as a cultivator of sensation, movement, state, and performance. The workshop will be a safe space for vulnerability, curiosity, vitality, inclusivity, and discourse. Class will be accompanied by visiting musician Kenta Nagai. Free and open to ALL ages and experience and co-sponsored by the Japanese Studies Department.

Circulating Touch: a Qi Gong based Master Class with Melanie Maar

April 24, Tuesday

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

This class brings principles of the Chinese 5 element system in relationship to somatic and improvisational approaches. We will spend time ‘feeling one self’, as in exploring one’s personal way of simply ‘being’.

How do we relate to each other, to touch, to energy, to mind, to form, to space and to movement from there? Exercises like the Swimming Dragon, Energetic Organ Touch and following a shared pressure point in partner movement are offered to cultivate individual movement intuition and activate the energetic qualities we each are innately drawn to. These explorations can bring more awareness, skill, trust and curiosity to the experience of the various anatomical, energetic, psychological, temporal and ecological realms which we constantly move in and out of - especially as dance people.

Free and open to the public.

VISIT, A showing with Julian Barnett, Melanie Maar, and Kenta Nagai

April 24, Tuesday

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

A showing of collaborative work with Julian Barnett (Artist in Residence) Melanie Maar (Movement Matters Artist) and Kenta Nagai (Japanese Musician/Composer). Having overlapped and melded within the New York and international dance field for over 15 years, Visit seizes upon the opportunity for collaborative performance and a shared interest in phenomenal bodies, fluid cultures, and vulnerable structures.

Free and open to the public and co-sponsored with the Japanese Studies Program.  

Movement Matters Workshop: The Interspecies Dance with Karima Borni

April 28, Saturday

12:00 - 4:00 PM (Meet Van at Mahaney Center for the Arts)

In this workshop we will explore how embodied communication with equines informs our movement choices and cultivates heightened spatial awareness and clarity of corporeal presence. In the process we will build both our physical listening and decisive leadership skills. No prior horse experience necessary and all levels of movers welcome (this workshop is on the ground only – no riding involved). Due to limited space this workshop is open only to the Middlebury College community. Participation is free but pre-registration is required to reserve a spot: please contact kborni@middlebury.edu.

Reimagine What Has Been: Senior Thesis Dance Concert

May 4-5, Friday–Saturday

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

Reimagine What Has Been presents exploratory works choreographed by Deborah Leedy, Matea Mills-Andruk and Asia Myles-Funches. The concert centers on the theme of fractured memory and the process of remembering through connection to land, community, and faith. Driven by unique lived experiences grounded in spirituality, community, and personal narrative, their pieces raise important questions about the complex interactions between the lived and embodied, creating a new space for past and present history and experiences. Each choreographer, in collaboration with technical director Jennifer Ponder, will present works that probe the audience’s creative mind and offer a re-imagining of a time, a world, a story.

Sponsored by the Dance Program.

Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$8 Youth 18 and under/$6 Middlebury students; on sale April 16.

Gesturing Refugees: An artistic collaboration with Syrian & Palestinian refugee dancers

Global Contemporary Dance Showing

May 7, Monday

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

“The performance intends to archive latent stories of refugeehood using the bodies of refugee artists and the audience as the main archive, while playing with other archive material, testimonies and imagination. The archives will include present, past and even future stories of refugeehood to try and interrogate collective responsibility and find bridges between the past and present of the West. The re-enactment, transformation and deformation of the alternative and personal memories of refugees by refugee artists will allow the re-appropriation of the narrative of refugeehood and develop a collective gestural identity that might challenge that of passive victimhood to which refugees are often subjected.”

 - Farah Saleh, dancer-choreographer and artistic director

A presentation of movement and research emerging from the Global Contemporary dance course, facilitated by Karima Borni.

Free and open to the public.

Advanced Beginning Dance Showing

May 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 course, facilitated by Julian Barnett. Free and open to the public.

AUDITIONS for The Dance Company of Middlebury

Saturday May 12, 2018

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

Warrior Work: Show Up. Tell the Truth.

The Dance Company of Middlebury, directed by Lida Winfield, is looking for dedicated, brave dancers for an interdisciplinary collaboration. Be ready to dig deep, contribute to creative ideas, and use your strong voices as well as bodies. We will learn to teach and perform in a variety of communities, using dance as a platform for personal truth-telling and bridge building. No need to prepare anything ahead of time, please show up ready to dance.

Contact Lida Winfield with any questions. lwinfield@middlebury.edu

ALL BODIES AND ABILITIES WELCOME.

Students must be on campus for pre-semester rehearsal Sept. 7-9. Class meets Fall semester Mon-Thurs 4:30-6:30pm as well as Winter 2019, where travel will take place. Credit is available either fall or winter term.

The Moonfish and the Knife

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Moonfish and The Knife is a dance-theatre piece inspired by the letters that the painter Salvador Dalí and the poet and playwright Federico García Lorca wrote to one another. Dali and Lorca shaped each other’s lives, each influencing the other in a dialog full of poetry, philosophy, sensuality, politics, and life. This piece invites the audience to journey through the imagination of these two artists, and discover the nuances of their erotic and tragic love. Miguel A. Castillo’s Senior 700 work in Directing and Choreography. A Dance Program and Theatre Department event.

Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$8 Youth 18 and under/$6 Middlebury students; on sale April 23.

Improvisation Composition

May 10, Thursday

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

Set 1: Advanced Improvisation Final Showing

   Dance/music works (DANC 461)

      Instigated by Lida Winfield and Michael Chorney

Set 2: Collaborative Improvisation

   All-arts ensemble (MUSC 245)

      Instigated by Matthew Taylor

Free and open to the public.

Looking Deeper: A Contemporary Dance Intensive for Advanced Improvisors with Susan Sgorbati

May 13, Sunday

12:00-4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These intensives support and strengthen improvisation technique tools—both in performance and creation—for the community of advanced improvisers/contemporary dance-makers. Discounts available for multiple classes. Co-presented with FlynnArts. Register: www.flynncenter.org/education

Movement Matters: Improvisation Laboratory with Lida Winfield

May 12, Saturday

12:00-4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

These intensives focus on improvisation skills and relationships to the self, others, and the elements of space and time. All experience levels welcome. Discounts available for multiple classes.

Co-presented with FlynnArts. Register: www.flynncenter.org/education

Movement Matters Workshop: Personal Poetics with Julian Barnett

March 3, Saturday

12:00-2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Studio 109

Over the last few years, I have been busy exploring the intersections between the voice and body, language and movement, meaning and abstraction, form and content. The workshop will place these areas of research within the context of performing, through the lens of practice. What happens first? What motivates one or the other? What are we talking and moving about? What are the possibilities? What is at stake? I'm interested in the mechanisms that fuse these components together, ultimately shaping a personal subjectivity and materiality that can cultivate a type of performativity. With this workshop, I'll share specific methodologies that prioritize modes of perpetuation and seek to build practical bridges between the voice and body, honing spaces for discovery, choice and personal poetics. Free and open to the public.

Imaginary

Feb 23-24, Friday-Saturday

8:00 PM each night, FlynnSpace at the Flynn Center in Burlington

Mixing dance, theater, storytelling, video, and an original score, Lida Winfield’s Imaginary explores perception, the imagination, and the factors that shape our potential, our reality, and our world. Does what we imagine affect our potential and reality? What is pretend? At a critical juncture for our country, Imaginary sifts through facts, allegations, and possibilities, bringing together the creative capacities of five amazing dance artists—Winfield, Laurel Jenkins, Ellen Smith Ahern, Joseph Hall, and Maree ReMalia. This interdisciplinary full-length performance has received the National Performance Network's Creation and Development Support in partnership with The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Middlebury College, and The Yard. Tickets, $30, available at www.flynntix.org.

Spring Auditions for the Faculty Concert

      

Feb 13, Tuesday

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

Faculty members Julian Barnett, Karima Borni, Christal Brown, Laurel Jenkins, and Lida Winfield are seeking student collaborators to create work for a performance on April 19. All experience levels welcome, come dressed to move.

Welcome Back Dinner Before Auditions

February 13, Tuesday

6:00PM, 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

Interdisciplinary Movement with Lida Winfield

November 4, Saturday

12:00-2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Calling all Poets, Spoken Word Artists, Singers, Musicians, Dancers, Storytellers and the Shy Performer!

Come together to share, create, and collaborate in an interdisciplinary workshop. Using improvisation and structure in a variety of formats, we will explore different ways of creating, and working as a group and in solos. In a supportive environment, we will examine how objects, music, exercises, games and collaboration affect how we create and see each other. All ages, sizes and abilities welcome. www.lidawinfield.com

Bandaloop


Sept 14, Thursday

Bandaloop  Master Class

10:00-11:30 AM Mahaney Center for the Arts, Studio 109

A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. In this class in the studio and outside, Bandaloop dancers will cast the fundamentals of technique, partnering, and composition in a surprising space; come and be site-reactive with us. Sign up here

Presented as part of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts 25th anniversary season. For full sponsorship and residency details: go/bandaloop

Program in Dance

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