University of Maryland dancers
April 1, Wednesday

Lecture Demonstration:
Choreographic Research

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

University of Maryland grad students Colette Krogol, Chris Law, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, and Matt Reeves visit Middlebury College as part of a week-long College Tour in which they are offering master classes, workshops, discussions, and choreography informed by their career trajectories and shaped by their current graduate research. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

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April 1, Wednesday

Master Class in Contact Improvisation

with Matt Reeves and Colette Krogol

2:50-4:05 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Reeves is an American-born dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker currently pursuing his MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland. Krogol is a Cuban-American artist originally from Miami, Florida. She is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, teacher, and yoga practitioner who has been living and working in New York City since 2007. Together they are Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance; their work has been produced and exhibited both nationally and internationally, with their most recent dance films being presented in Rauma, Finland and Skriduklastur in East Iceland. www.orangegrovedance.com

Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Christopher
April 1, Wednesday

Hip Hop Master Class

with Christopher Law

4:30-6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 110

Law is a former Culture Shock D.C. company member, and an undergraduate alumnus and current Graduate Student of UMD College Park. Though the bulk of his movement extends from training in hip-hop dance, he has also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree for studies in modern dance. He has also been involved with organizations such as Gymkana and Dynamic Hip-Hop Dance Team. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

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Wednesday, April 1

Cameron Visiting Artist Lecture: Ezra Wube

4:30 – 6:00 PM, Johnson 304

Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a cross disciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Through autobiography Ezra’s work references mobility, time and place. His group and solo exhibitions include the Dak’Art 2014 Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2014); The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art SESC_Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY (2014-5); and At the same moment, Time Square Midnight Moment program, New York, NY (2013) . Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art and the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free


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April 1, Wednesday

Nile Project Keynote: Musical Collaboration and Water Cooperation 


7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

In this interactive lecture/demonstration, Nile Project founder and ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis breaks down the creative process involved in producing Nile Project music and draws connections to methods used in water conflict transformation. We will explore the necessary ingredients required for successful cross-cultural collaboration among Nile Project musicians and how these can point the way to fruitful trans-boundary communication and cooperation in the water sector. The lecture will be introduced by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Andi Lloyd. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Performing Arts Series, the Arts Council, the Department of Music, the Dance Program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Free.
Learn more about The Nile Project>>

Read the press release>>

Photo Peter Stanley

Beth
April 2, Thursday

Master Class in Modern Dance Technique

with Sarah Beth Oppenheim

9:30-10:45 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 110

Oppenheim describes herself as "hailing from the wild, wild west where she couldn’t cut on the dotted black line, so she read Steinbck and became a modern dancer instead." She graduated summa cum laude and with the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence from SUNY Purchase's Conservatory of Dance and Sociology Department before transitioning into a performance, teaching, and choreography career.

Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

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April 2, Thursday

Lecture: Civic Engagement and the Management of Water Resources 


12:30 PM, The Orchard (Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest)

Human life depends on the availability and quality of water to sustain our health, grow our food, power our homes with electricity, and stimulate our economies. However, due to overpopulation, increased demand for food, climate change, and pollution, as much as two-thirds of the world’s citizens may face water-stressed conditions by 2025. Using the Nile Basin and our Champlain Basin as regional and local case studies, Nile Project founder Mina Girgis, Middlebury Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies Pete Ryan, and Mike Winslow of the Lake Champlain Committee will explore the use of innovative civic engagement strategies to overcome political stakeholder barriers, create a common understanding between competing interests, and build constituencies for action where water has become an impediment to peace and socio-economic development. This lecture is offered as part of the Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Performing Arts Series, the Arts Council, the Department of Music, the Dance Program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Free.
Learn more about The Nile Project>>

Read the press release>>

Photo Peter Stanley

Trebian
April 2, Thursday

Seeing the Unspeakable

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

Trebien Pollard will present a new solo performance which chronicles issues of race, gender and sexual identity. At the core of this work is the growing pace of “identity politics” and the lingering presence of “political correctness.” The
work weaves music, visual images, and spoken word with contemporary dance styles to emphasizes the individual and his relationship to the world around him, while also functioning as a reckoning for old stereotypes, beliefs and practices. Contains strong language and content. For mature audiences only. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Run time approximately 45 minutes, no intermission. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale March 16. Go to the online box office>>>

Read the press release>>

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April 2, Thursday

The Nile Project Concert

8:00 PM, Wilson Hall, McCullough Social Space

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Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero are joined by musicians who live along the world’s longest river for a boundary-crossing evening of new music. The Nile Project, inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, hopes to spread the musical traditions of the 11 countries touching the Nile, using music to raise awareness for the area’s environmental and cultural challenges. The group’s first recording, Aswan, was named one of NPR’s Top Five Must-Hear International Albums of 2013. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Performing Arts Series, the Arts Council, the Department of Music, the Dance Program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. A reception in Crossroads Cafe will follow the performance. Tickets: $25/20/6.  Go to the online box office>>

Learn more about The Nile Project>>

Read the press release>>

Photo Matjaz Kacicnik

 

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April 2–4, Thursday–Saturday

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls

7:30 PM each evening, plus 2:00 PM on Saturday only; Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Once upon a time—in 2005—a 20-year-old girl named Annie returned to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels, designer bags, and luxe fur coats, she discovers an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears. Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story haunts the audience, and carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where not everything ends up happily ever after. Directed by Alex Draper '88; sponsored by the Theatre Program. Post-show talk on Friday. Please note; includes adult language. Show runs approximately 90 minutes, no intermission. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale March 16. Go to the Box Office>>

Read the press release>>

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April 3, Friday

All the Ladies Say

4:30-6:00 PM, Axinn, Room 232

Veteran b-girl Ana “Rokafella” Garcia’s first documentary film ALL THE LADIES SAY features the work of female breakdancers in the United States, including Aiko, Baby Love, Beta, Lady Champ, Severe, and Vendetta. This film raises awareness of the female presence in Hip-hop and promotes the growth of this dance community in the United States and internationally. The dancers explore themes of femininity, motherhood, and the representation of women in popular culture. Free. Sponsored by the Dance Department. Free

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April 3, Friday 

Original Compositions

York Kitajima `15 and Colin Martin '15

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

This concert showcases the original composition written by York Kitajima '15 and Colin Martin '15 as MUSC 0704 Senior Work. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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April 4, Saturday

Master Class with Rokafella Garcia

12:00-2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 110

Since the resurgence of breaking, locking and popping in the Hip-Hop mainstream, she’s been featured for her unique ability as a B girl in Fabolous’ “Holla back Youngin” and KRS One’s “Step into a World” rap and the Fox films “Brown Sugar”.  In 1996, she and her husband Kwikstep founded Full Circle Productions- a Bronx based Hip-Hop Dance Theater company to preserve and evolve the cultural value of urban art forms. They presented “Soular Power’d” on Broadway’s New Victory Theater which received rave reviews, and was their Hip-Hop theater directorial debut. Sponsored by the Dance Department. Free

 

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April 4, Saturday

Gloria

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Gloria is a “woman of a certain age” who makes the best of her loneliness by seeking love at social dance clubs for singles. When she meets Rodolfo, their intense passion leaves her vacillating between hope and despair. Set in Chile, this film is “interested in the way a humble individual destiny illuminates the condition of a society still shadowed by its history of military dictatorship and political violence”—A. O. Scott, New York Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain, 2013, 110 minutes) Free

 
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The Miles Donahue Quintet

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall


Affiliate Artist Miles Donahue, playing saxophone and trumpet, leads an all-star lineup in celebration of jazz: Jerry Bergonzi (formerly of the Dave Brubeck quartet) on saxophone, Alain Mallet (formerly with Paul Simon) on piano, Ralph Peterson on drums, and Bruce Gertz on bass. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

 

 

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April 5, Sunday

Theatre Auditions for Middlebury Students

6:00-10:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

The Theatre Program invites all Middlebury College students to audition for two faculty-directed productions to be presented in fall 2014. Flare Path by Terrence Rattigan, to be directed by Richard Romagnoli. The second production Clickshare by Lucas Kavner `06.5 will be directed by Alex Draper `88.

 

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April 6, Monday (through April 14)

Color Photography

Johnson Memorial Building, Mezzanine

Students in John Huddleston’s ART 328 Color Photography class present their images of portraits, landscapes, and everything in between. The photographs show a wide range of conception and form. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Sally Caruso ’15.5, color digital photography, 8 x 10 inches

 

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April 6, Monday

Middlebury Wind Ensemble

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble, also known as "Midd Winds," is a community band made up of area students and community members including Middlebury College alumni and staff. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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Tuesday, April 7

Cameron Visiting Artist Lecture: Saya Woolfalk

4:30 – 6:15 PM, Johnson 304

Saya Woolfalk has exhibited at galleries and museums around the United States and abroad, including PS1/MoMA in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and PERFORMA09. Art critic Roberta Smith of The New York Times called the piece, "Ethnography of No Place," that Woolfalk developed with anthropologist and filmmaker, Rachael Lears, "a little tour de force of performance, animation, born-again Pattern and Decoration, soft sculpture and anthropological satire." Sponsored by the Studio Art Program and the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free 

 

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April 8, Wednesday

Jeffrey Buettner:

One City, Three Faiths, Four Chaplains, and a Choir

4:30 PM, Mead Chapel

Associate Professor of Music Jeffrey Buettner joins College Chaplains Laurie Jordan, Ira Schiffer, Naila Baloch, and Beau Scurich in this public talk.

Presented as part of the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series.

Free

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April 9, Thursday

Spring Student Symposium Opening and Keynote: Kevin Murungi ‘01

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall and other spaces

Middlebury College’s annual Spring Student Symposium celebrates the undergraduate research and creative work of the student body. The Symposium begins at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Thursday night with a keynote speech by Kevin Murungi ’01, Director of Human Rights and Foreign Policy Programs at Global Kids, Inc, at 7:00 PM. The keynote will be followed by a reception and student presentations throughout the MCA. The Symposium continues throughout Friday, April 19. Details at go.middlebury.edu/sym.

The Last Five years
April 9, 11-12, Thursday, Saturday-Sunday

The Last Five Years

Starring Mike McCann and Kim Anderson

Thursday and Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM, Town Hall Theater

Thought by many to be one of the best musicals written in last 20 years, Brown’s brilliant score captures the joy, the humor, and the devastating emotions of a failed relationship. Director Doug Anderson hand-picked two of his favorite actors to star in this demanding two-character piece: Kim Anderson, who starred at THT in Funny Girl, and Middlebury College senior Mike McCann, who starred here recently as Javert in Les Misérables and Father in Ragtime. A one-of-a-kind musical showcasing two of our best performers. Tickets $17/6,  go to the online box office>>>

Venus in Fur
April 9-11, Thursday-Saturday

Venus in Fur

Thursday 10:00 PM, Friday 7:30 and 10:00 PM, Saturday 7:30 PM, Hepburn Zoo Theater


Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress—oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives. Senior 700 work of Caitlin Duffy '15.5 and Senior 500 work of Joelle Mendoza Etchart '15. Sponsored by the Theatre Program.  Tickets $5, on sale March 26, go to the online box office>>>

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April 10, Friday

Spring Student Symposium

McCardell Bicentenntial Hall, Johnson Memorial Building, and Hepburn Zoo

Middlebury College’s annual Spring Student Symposium celebrates the undergraduate research and creative work of the student body. Opening on Thursday, the Symposium continues all day Friday with presentations, posters, open studios, and critiques at Bicentennial Hall and Johnson, with evening performances at Hepburn Zoo. Details at go.middlebury.edu/sym.

 

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April 10, Friday

Open Studios

Johnson Memorial Building

In conjunction with the Spring Student Symposium, the Johnson Building studios are open throughout the day for viewing new work and works in progress. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Ben Goldberg ’14 working on his painting in Portraiture in Ceramics and Oil Paint ART 370


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April 11, Saturday

The Lunchbox

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A middle class Mumbai housewife tries to gain the attention of her neglectful husband with a special lunchbox delivered to him at work. When it’s mistakenly delivered to another worker—a lonely man on the verge of retirement—the mishap launches a series of lunchbox notes between the two and a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. “A feel-good movie that touches the heart while steering clear of expectation”—Jay Weissberg, Variety. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany/USA, 2013, 104 minutes) Free

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April 11, Saturday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, conductor

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The concert program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No 8. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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April 12, Sunday

Dubravka Tomsic, piano

3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic enjoys “something of a cult status among pianophiles” (Gramophone Magazine), with performances that convey “heroic power and Olympian vision” (Los Angeles Times) as well as “splendor, drama, passion, poetry, and subtlety” (Boston Globe). Tomsic performs Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat Major and Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata on the first half of this recital, and an all-Chopin program after intermission, including fantasies, nocturnes, and the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, op. 22. Series director Paul Nelson gives a pre-concert talk on the 95-year history of the Performing Arts Series at 2:00 PM in Room 221. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series; made possible with support from Performing Arts Series Society members Rob and Marny Lichtenstein, with gratitude to Paul Nelson. Reserved seating. Tickets: $20/15/6.  Go to the online box office>>

Read the press release>>

Photo Scott Campbell

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April 16, Thursday

Learning to be a Purpose-full Worker

4:30-6:00 PM, Axinn, Room 232

Nia Austin Edwards is an editor and contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and the Founder of PURPOSE Productions -- a company that supports artists and activists in the manifestation of PURPOSE-full work that seeks to unify and develop our world community. That idea of support is what she has built her life around through writing, performing, creating, marketing, listening, caring, and more. Sponsored by the Dance Department. Free


In part one of two  workshops,  Nia serves to inspire students to travel their own path to purpose-full work. With that as the foundation she will venture into developing an online identity that will support your work.

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April 16, Thursday

Middlebury College Orchestra

Andrew Massey, conductor

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The concert program will be a partial repeat performance of the April 11th concert that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No 8 as part of Preview Days for newly admitted students. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

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April 16-18, Thursday-Saturday

Next to Normal

8:00 PM each evening, Town Hall Theater

Next to Normal is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness and the attempts to alleviate it have on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life. Tickets $12/10/6.  Go to the online box office>>>

 
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April 17, Friday

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art—Portrait of a Man: Govaert Flinck and the Rembrandt School

12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125 and Museum

Govaert Flinck’s Portrait of a Man bears remarkable similarity to Rembrandt’s self portraits. In this talk Reiff Intern Carolina McGarity ’16.5 will explore those similarities and examine the possibility of the sitter being Flinck or Rembrandt himself. As Flinck was a student of Rembrandt’s, it will also inspect the unique function of Rembrandt’s workshop and its possible effects on Flinck’s work. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders.

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April 17, Friday

Movement Matters: Maree ReMalia

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

Join Maree Remalia, Middlebury's Interdisciplinary Choreographer in Residence for 2015-2017, for an informal lecture-demonstration of her work and proposed research agenda during her time at Middlebury.  Movement Matters is a 44-month initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that fosters artistic creation and curricular development through reciprocal arrangements between emerging artists in the field of dance and Middlebury College professors from across the curriculum. Free

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April 17, Friday

Sharing Your Purpose-full Work With the World

4:30-6:00 PM, Axinn, Room 232

Nia Austin Edwards is an editor and contributor to The Dance Enthusiast and the Founder of PURPOSE Productions -- a company that supports artists and activists in the manifestation of PURPOSE-full work that seeks to unify and develop our world community. That idea of support is what she has built her life around through writing, performing, creating, marketing, listening, caring, and more. Sponsored by the Dance Department. Free

In the second part of two workshops, Nia  will pick-up from the point of where your purpose-full work has an online home, how do you keep your audience updated? This follow up workshop explores mailing lists and social media marketing.

 

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April 17, Friday

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble

8:00 – 10:00 PM, 51 Main

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble is the College’s swingin’ big band, featuring great musicians playing the music that’s been dubbed America’s National Treasure.  In previous appearances at 51 Main, the band played to full houses that didn’t want the music to end.  This evening is sure to keep fingers snapping and toes tapping.  There might even be dancing in the aisles!

Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

mareeApril 18, Saturday

Movement Matters Phase II with Maree ReMalia

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

This 2-hour class is open to dancers and those who have an interest in moving. It will offer tools for sensory movement investigation and provide a window into creative process. The class will begin with a 50-minute Gaga class followed by playful improvisational explorations and finding individual ways into learning and adapting dance material. Observers are not permitted, but all are welcome to participate (ages 16+). No prior dance experience necessary! Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Movement Matters Initiative. Free and open the public.

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April 18, Saturday

Child’s Pose

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In this sharply crafted family thriller, a steely Bucharest architect is determined to keep her 30-something son out of jail after a deadly car crash. A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look at the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. “A gripping psychological thriller built around the luminous and terrifying performance of Luminita Gheorghiu”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Calin Peter Netzer, Romania, 2013, 112 minutes) Free

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April 19, Sunday

Katharine Reineman '15 and Gloria Breck '15, piano

3:00 and 4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Katharine Reineman ’15 and Gloria Breck ’18, both students of Diana Fanning, present a beautiful Sunday afternoon piano concert featuring works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Poulenc. Reineman, performing at 3:00 PM, is a senior majoring in math and Middle East studies who also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and has studied in both Spain and Jordan. Breck, performing at 4:00 PM, is a sophomore studying languages, literature, and architecture. A multi-instrumentalist, she also plays violin at Middlebury's Memorial Baptist Church. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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April 21, Tuesday (through April 30)

Advanced Drawing Exhibit

Johnson Memorial Building

Diverse drawing techniques and approaches are on view in this exhibit of ART 300, Advanced Drawings. Though students begin with the same prompt, problem, or question, their creative responses result in expressions that are worlds apart. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Emily Rose Knapp ’15, mixed media on paper, 10 x 15 inches

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April 22, Wednesday

The Panama Dance Exchange: Showing

5:00-6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

This spring break, 8 student dancers from the Middlebury College Dance Program travelled to Panama City, Panama for an international dance exchange in support of arts education and cultural ambassadorship. Come listen to their findings about movement, teaching, learning, and language, and watch a screening of the documentary-in-progress about this project: “dancers without borders, and moving to change.” Sponsored by the Dance Program, the President’s Office, and a Cross Cultural Community Service award from the Community Engagement Office. Free

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April 23, Thursday

Artist Talk:  Roger White

4:30 PM, Alexander Twilight Auditorium

Roger White is a painter and writer who splits his time between Middlebury, Vermont and Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited his paintings at the Weatherspoon Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Suburban in Oak Park, Illinois, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York. His work is represented by the Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York. He received an MFA from Columbia University in 2000, and in 2007, he co-founded the art journal Paper Monument. His book The Contemporaries has recently been published from Bloomsbury. Sponsored by the Studio Art program and The Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free

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April 23-25, Thursday-Saturday

Emergency 1A

8:00 PM each evening, Friday only 10:30 PM, Hepburn Zoo Theatre

Two separate casts are creating the piece, Emergency 1A, a work sourced from the triptych Fewer Emergencies by British playwright Martin Crimp. With a poetic text focused on the disturbing results of contentment and materialism, this piece illuminates what and how we interpret the way we strive to live. Senior 700 work of Melissa MacDonald '15 and Senior 500 work of Hayley Singleton '15. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets $5; on sale April 9.  Go to the online box office>>>

 

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April 24, Friday

Axis Mundi

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Museum of Art

Working in collaboration with Middlebury Theatre and Dance students, Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Vandenberg directs a performance installation in the Museum of Art’s largest gallery. Axis mundi (“axis of the world”) is the concept in many traditions of a liminal realm between lower and upper domains, such as between the terrestrial and the celestial. Historically, this concept has been investigated through diagram, painting, sculpture, and architecture. In this performance installation, a radical Axis “diagram” emerges. Through simple, deliberate movements, two performers enact a wordless drama of its own polarities, including birth and death, eros and thanatos, finite and infinite.  Friday’s showing is followed by an “Off the Wall” Lunch and Discussion at 12:30 PM, moderated by dance artist in residence Scotty Hardwig with the collaborators.  Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders. Second performance also on Saturday 4/25/15 at 1:00 PM (free). Arrive anytime during the hour-long showings. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art , the Theatre Program, and the Director of the Arts.

 
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April 24, Friday

Opening Concert Bach Festival: Axiom Brass

Dorival Puccini Jr., trumpet
Kris Hammond, trumpet
Matthew Oliphant, french horn
Orin Larson, trombone
Kevin Harrison, tuba

8:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

Praised for their high level of musicality and technical ability and for their clean, clear, and precise sound, the members of the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet are rising stars in the chamber music universe. In a program titled “Sacred Brass,” the Quintet journeys through time with music written for or inspired by the church, including works by J. S. Bach, Palestrina, Byrd, Tchaikovsky, Gabrieli, and Piazzolla. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM in the chapel. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and Middlebury Bach Festival. Tickets: $25/20/6.  Go to the online box office>>

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April 24, Friday

Dance, Music, Light: Improvisation

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

An ensemble of dancers and musicians demonstrates the ability to compose engaging and coherent pieces“in the moment” after a semester-long study of improvisation as a performing art. Lighting is improvised by designer Jennifer Ponder. Directed by Tzveta Kassabova. Sponsored by the Dance Program.

Free

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April 25, Saturday

Middlebury Bach Festival: Interest Sessions

Chant in the Organ Works of J. S. Bach, by Dr. William Tortolano, Guest Lecturer

10:00 AM, Room 125, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts
Free

Rhetoric in the Early Cantatas of J. S. Bach, by Jeffrey Thomas, Guest Conductor

11:00 AM, Room 125, Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts
Free

More information at go.middlebury.edu/bachfest

Read the press release>>

axismundi

April 25, Saturday

Axis Mundi

1:00–2:00 PM, Museum of Art

Working in collaboration with Middlebury Theatre and Dance students, Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Vandenberg directs a performance installation in the Museum of Art’s largest gallery. Axis mundi (“axis of the world”) is the concept in many traditions of a liminal realm between lower and upper domains, such as between the terrestrial and the celestial. Historically, this concept has been investigated through diagram, painting, sculpture, and architecture. In this performance installation, a radical Axis “diagram” emerges. Through simple, deliberate movements, two performers enact a wordless drama of its own polarities, including birth and death, eros and thanatos, finite and infinite.  Earlier performance on Friday 4/24/15 at 11:00 AM. Arrive anytime during the hour-long showings. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Theatre Program and the Director of the Arts. Free

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April 25, Saturday

Middlebury Bach Festival: Carillon Recital

George Matthew Jr., carillonneur

3:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Enjoy the performance on the lawn around the Chapel.

Free

More information at go.middlebury.edu/bachfest

Read the press release>>

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April 25, Saturday

Middlebury Bach Festival: Eric Despard, guitar

6:00 PM, 51 Main at the Bridge, downtown Middlebury

Bach works performed on classical guitar by affiliate artist Eric Despard.

Free

More information at go.middlebury.edu/bachfest

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April 25, Saturday

Bach Festival Concert

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

This concert features a variety of  instrumental and vocal color that is new to the Middlebury Bach Festival, including use of recorder and solo vocal quartet as well as full chorus. The Middlebury College Choir and Festival Orchestra perform under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas in this culminating event of the fifth-annual Middlebury Bach Festival. Tickets: $12/10/Middlebury Students free with ID.  Go to the online box office>>

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Photo Brett Simison

 

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April 25, Saturday

52 Tuesdays

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Sixteen-year-old Billie is blindsided when her mother reveals plans for a gender transition. Sent to live with her father, Billie only sees her mother once a week, every Tuesday, for an entire year. This unique filmmaking structure brings a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility, and transformation. “This accessible narrative experiment boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera”—Geoff Berkshire, Variety. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Sophie Hyde, Australia, 2013, 109 minutes) Free

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April 26, Sunday

Middlebury Bach Festival: Chamber Music Concert

3:00 PM,  Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

This concert will feature Bach’s beloved motet BWV 227, “Jesu, meine Freude” (Jesus, my joy), and other Bach piano works performed by students of Middlebury College affiliate artist Diana Fanning. Free. More information at go.middlebury.edu/bachfest

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April 29, Wednesday

Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble
Damascus Kafumbe, director

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Ensemble members present an interactive concert of East African music and dance performed on bow-harps, thumb-pianos, xylophones, tube-fiddles, bowl-lyres, gourd shakers, struck gourds, reed-box rattles, ankle bells, leg rattles, and various kinds of drums. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Vincent A. Jones '12

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April 30, Thursday

The Music of 210

Performed by Students of Compsition II

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Sponsored by the Music Department. Free

 

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April 30–May 2, Thursday–Saturday

Spring Awakening

7:30 PM each evening, Wright Memorial Theatre

Set in the sexually oppressive culture of late-19th-century Germany, this play by Frank Wedekind captures the seductions that adolescents harbor in their anxious souls: the alluring chant of nihilism, the feral impulses toward violence, and the thought-obliterating joys of sex. At turns poetic, melancholic, violent, and funny, this once-scandalous play will remain relevant as long as the prism of puberty continues to make the world seem strange and terrifying. Directed by Cláudio Medeiros ’90; sponsored by the Theatre Program. Post-show discussion each night. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale April 13. Go to the online box office>>

Please note that Spring Awakening addresses complex issues of sexuality, violence, and suicide that may be difficult for some audience members. This production is for mature audiences only.

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