January 2010

Tickets for New Events Go On Sale Jan. 4
Three different January term arts projects take place at the end of the month: Lovesong of the Electric Bear, a Theatre Program production directed by Cheryl Faraone; the Dance Company of Middlebury's Proyecto Republica Dominicana, with Artistic Director Penny Campbell; and The Wild Party, theDepartment of Music's annual musical, directed by Douglas Anderson. Tickets go on sale for these events on Monday, January 4 here. 

Starting January 4, Monday
Winter Term Movement Classes
These classes are open to the college community. PE credit, when available, requires attendance at a minimum of eight classes. If you are interested in taking a dance technique and choreography course for academic credit, see listings in Banner. Contact the Dance Office for further information: dance@middlebury.edu, www.middlebury.edu/dance, (802) 443-5245.

Movement classes sponsored by the Dance Program, register at the first class:

Contemporary Technique with Christal Brown
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. MCFA 110

Contemporary Technique with the Dance Company of Middlebury
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:15 P.M. MCFA 110

Yoga with Martha Newman
Mondays 12:30-1:30 P.M. and Sundays 5:00-6:30 P.M. MCFA 109

Yoga with Allie Shanholt
Thursdays 12:30-1:30 P.M. MCFA 109

Yoga for Focusing Energy with Jeremy Cline
Saturday, January 9 and 16, 9:30-10:30 A.M. MCFA 109

Movement classes sponsored by CCAL, register in the Campus Activities Office:

Beginning Ballet Intensive with Classical Dance at Middlebury
Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 P.M., MCFA 109 $30

Tai Ji with Brian Fung
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00 P.M., MCFA 109 $30

Capoeira with Oliver Weisser
Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 P.M., MCFA 109 $30


January 7, Thursday (through January 15)
Exhibition of Large-Format Drawings
Johnson Memorial Building
Daunting in size, these large drawings—both representational and abstract—may bring you face to face with a six-foot portrait head and other outsized depictions. Selected from the work of over 60 students enrolled in this introductory course, this exhibit demonstrates a combination of drawing strategies and concepts explored throughout the fall semester in Introduction to Studio Art I. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

January 7, Thursday (through April 18)
Greece vs. Rome: The 18th-Century Quest for the Sources of Western Civilization
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery
Piranesi prints of ancient Rome and plates from Stuart and Revett’s Antiquities of Athens document the debate that pervaded Rome during the Enlightenment about the respective merits of ancient Greece and Rome. Co-curated by Pieter Broucke, professor of history of art and architecture and associate curator of ancient art, and students from his fall first-year seminar. This exhibition was made possible with help from the Bread Loaf Corporation, Parnassus Foundation, and the Friends of the Middlebury College Library. Free

January 9, Saturday
The Age of Stupid
3:00 and 8:00 P.M., Dana Auditorium
Just announced: a Vermont premiere! In the environmentally-devastated future of 2055, an old man (Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite) looks through a video archive from 2008. “It’s like looking through binoculars, observing people on a far off beach…fixated on the small area of sand under their feet as a tsunami races towards the shore,” he wonders, “why didn’t we save ourselves when we had the chance?” Director Fanny Armstrong employs a combination of drama, documentary, and animation to explore the problem of climate change. “The first successful dramatization of climate change to hit the big screen”—George Monbiot, The Guardian. “Every single person in the country should be forcibly made to watch this film”—Ken Livingstone. Presented by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (UK, 2009, 92 minutes). Free

January 14, Thursday
Neoclassicism and the Notion of Classical Architecture
4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221*
In this illustrated lecture about the exhibition Greece vs. Rome, Pieter Broucke, professor of history of art and architecture and associate curator of ancient art, discusses architectural images of ancient Rome by Piranesi and of ancient Athens by Stuart and Revett. He explores how antiquarianism and the beginnings of archaeology shaped the 18th-century notions of classicism. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free
*Please note revised location.

January 14, Thursday
Verbal Onslaught Spoken Word Open Mic
8:30-11:00 P.M., 51 Main
This month’s Verbal Onslaught is dedicated to poetic verse inspired by the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Come share your work or listen to others share theirs. Special performance by Middlebury Alum Crystal Belle ’04. Open mic sign-up starts at 8:30 P.M. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the MLK Planning Committee.Free

January 15, Friday
Rustem Hayroudinoff, piano
8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Young Russian pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff was nominated for BBC Music Magazine’s 2008 Best Instrumental CD of the Year for a “forthright, beautifully weighted” recording of Rachmaninoff works. At Middlebury, he plays Rachmaninoff’s 13 Preludes, op. 32; selections from compatriot Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues; and works by Chopin and Franck. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6

January 18, Monday
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert: Let Freedom Ring!
8:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel
The 12th annual celebration of the American Negro Spiritual features the Middlebury College Spiritual Choir led by Alexander Twilight Artist-in-ResidenceFrançois Clemmons; interpretive and modern dance choreographed by Visiting Lecturer in Dance Christal Brown and performed by Middlebury College students; and theatrical interpretations of notable speeches by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. directed and performed by Middlebury College students. Director of Jazz Activities Dick Forman accompanies on piano. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the MLK Planning Committee. Free

January 19, Tuesday
Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion:
Lovesong of the Electric Bear
12:30 P.M., Wright Memorial Theatre*
Director Cheryl Faraone introduces the play and leads a discussion about the upcoming production; members of the cast and crew share insights on their work.Lunch is provided. Free to College ID card holders; community donations accepted.
*Please note revised event location.

January 21, Thursday
Bollywood Cinema and Mughal History: Creative Revisionism in Contemporary Indian Film
4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221
Cynthia Packert, professor of history of art and architecture, offers a lecture exploring the romance, myths, politics, and film representations of Muslim-Hindu relations in contemporary India. She also looks at Mughal and Rajput paintings as sources for contemporary Indian film. Free

January 22–24, Friday–Sunday
Lovesong of the Electric Bear
8:00 P.M. each evening and 2:00 P.M. on Saturday only, Wright Memorial Theatre*
Snoo Wilson’s poignant and fantastical play follows the life and death of Alan Turing—code-breaker, officer of the Order of the British Empire, and father of the modern computer—whose brilliant mathematical career was marred by his tragic biography. The story is told by his teddy bear, Porgy, who acts as both cheerleader and Greek chorus. Turing’s life story has been in the news lately: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently issued an official apology for his government’s prosecution of Turing for homosexuality. Directed by Cheryl Faraone. Theatre faculty member Alex Draper ’88 plays the role of Turing; Porgy is played by Lilli Stein ’11. The cast also includes Cassidy Boyd ’10, Martina Bonolis ’10, Willie McKay ’11, Reilly Steel ’11, Oscar Loyo ’10, Naomi Shafer ’12, Emily Pinto ’12, J. P. Allen ’11, Ben Schiffer ’10, Cori Hundt ’11. The stage manager is Mat Nakitare ’10.5; the assistants to the director are Ross Bell ’10 and Lindsey Messmore ’ 11. The set is designed by Christina Galvez ’08, lights by Hallie Zieselman and Danielle Nieves ’10 will design the costumes as her senior thesis project. “Never cloying and always clever, Lovesong plays out like a bedtime story for the young Werner Heisenberg.”—Washington Theater Review. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale January 4
*Please note revised event location and performance dates.

January 22–23, Friday–Saturday
The Dance Company of Middlebury: Proyecto República Dominicana
8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre
Under the artistic direction of Penny Campbell, the company has created a diverse concert of work that includes music, dance, and light improvisations as well as choreographed pieces that are destined for performance in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic at the end of January. Inspired by the work of one of their Dominican partners to preserve and transmit childhood song and dance games, the company tapped into their own childhood experiences (imagined and real) to create a lively quintet with a score by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Kareem Khalifa. Other collaborators include Visiting Lecturer in Dance Christal Brown, lighting designer Jennifer Ponder, and guest musicians Michael Chorney and Arthur Brooks. The company has received additional support from the Committee on the Arts and the Academic Outreach Endowment.  Post-performance discussion and reception on Friday. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $10/8/6;  on sale January 4

January 22–23, Friday–Saturday; and January 25–26, Monday–Tuesday
The Wild Party
8:00 P.M., Town Hall Theater
New York in the 1920s is captured in Andrew Lippa’s jazzy musical from 2000. Adapted from a book-length poem written by Joseph Moncure March in 1928, The Wild Party tells the story of the reckless relationship between two vaudeville performers who decide to throw a party to end all parties. Book, music, and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Directed by Douglas Anderson; musical direction by Carol Christensen; Band Leader Dick Forman; and choreography by Schuyler Beeman '10. For mature audiences. Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Tickets: $10/8/6; on sale January 4

January 23, Saturday
Middlebury College Orchestra
Andrew Massey, conductor
8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Performing Beethoven's Symphony No 3 in E flat, Eroica. This concert is rescheduled from November 21, and is now offered as a free event. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Ticket holders who have not already been contacted by the Box Office: please call 802.443.MIDD (6433) 


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