February 2012

motown
February 2, Thursday

Motown II

8:00 PM, Town Hall Theater

This performance is the culmination of the Winter Term Class  Motown II taught by Miles Donahue, featuring lead singer Chris Waller. Student performers include Mohan Fitzgerald, Mike Gadomski, Liam Gluck, Patrick Hebble, Peter Moore, Grady Trela, Andrea Whittle and Dante Francomano. Grammy award-winning and Boston Globe jazz critic Bob Blumenthal says "Discover a jazz treasure. Miles Donahue is one of the best-kept jazz secrets. Equally adept on trumpet and various saxophones and a composer of grace and originality...." Chris Waller brings his 25 years of show business experience to the stage. Since 1992, Chris has become a highly sought after vocal teacher and clinician. He has worked with Maurice Starr Productions and taught and worked with Bobby Brown for his 1992 Humping Around Tour as a vocal coach, and also worked in the company of Whitney Houston, Boyz to Men and TLC. Also during this time Chris performed as a solo artist and made feature performances with different local bands in the Boston area. He is known and requested for his Stevie Wonder Performance Impersonations. Tickets: $6. 

 

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Starting February 13, Monday

Artist Viyé Diba in Residence

After a brief period of decompression following his 36-hour flight from Dakar, Senegalese artist Viyé Diba will begin installing his work in the Middlebury College Museum of Art's exhibition Environment and Object – Recent African Art. Titled Nous sommes nombreux, et nos problèmes avec . . .   [or, We are numerous, and our problems with that . . . ], the installation references the densely-packed urban landscape of Senegal, using street litter, photographs of Dakar, and other curious materials to replicate an urban environment unlike any to be found in Vermont.  Diba’s one-week residency will also include participation in the illustrated talk by exhibition co-curators Lisa Aronson and John Weber on February 16. Free

Pictured: Nous sommes nombreux . . . at the Tang Art Museum, Skidmore College

 

 

cameronmckinney
Starting February 13, Monday

Spring Term Movement Classes

These classes are open to the college community. Register at the first class. For Middlebury College Students: 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. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Contact the Dance Office for further information: dance@middlebury.edu, http://go.middlebury.edu/dance, 802.443.5245.

Pictured: Cameron McKinney '13, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

These classes begin the first week of the term:

Advanced Beginning Dance (DANC 0260/0261) with Paul Besaw
TTh 9:30-10:45 AM, MCA 110
We welcome Paul Besaw to our program as a Visiting Lecturer in Dance this Spring, teaching the technique labs associated with our DANC 0260/0261 course. He is an Associate Professor and Dance Coordinator for the departments of Music and Theatre at the University of Vermont. His witty, musical approach to modern and jazz dance techniques will add another artistic voice to our offerings.


Intermediate/Advanced Dance (DANC 0361) with Tiffany Rhynard
MW 2:45-4:15 PM, MCA 110

 

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February 16, Thursday

Environment and Object in Recent African Art—Issues, Artists, and Objects

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

An illustrated lecture by Lisa Aronson, associate professor of art history, Skidmore College, and by John Weber, Dayton Director, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, tracing the germination and focus of the exhibition. Environment and Object is one of the first shows to examine how natural, urban, and economic environments are shaping both contemporary art on the African continent and work by African artists abroad. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum. Free

Pictured: Rouald Hazoumé (Benin, born 1962), Patatipatata, 2001, found objects, 14 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 6 11/16 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Image October Gallery, London. photo Jonathan Greet

 

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February 17, Friday

Balla Kouyate and World Vision

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

Balla Kouyate is considered to be among the greatest players of the balafon (predecessor to the xylophone) from the griot tradition in Mali. He plays two instruments to get a chromatic scale, which allows him to play any genre and any key. He moves effortlessly and dexterously between the balafons, delivering his signature roulements and complex improvisations. Kouyate is joined in this performance by his ensemble, World Vision, fresh from a recent performance at the Kennedy Center.

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Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.  Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, and presented in conjunction with the exhibition Environment and Object in Recent African Art. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6  

Residency activities associated with this performance are made possible by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, established in 2011, which supports opportunities that broaden the scope of Middlebury students' experience in the performing arts.

 

 

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February 18, Saturday

Meek’s Cutoff

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions in director Kelly Reichardt’s 2010 western. A “marvelous, minimalist epic, [which] amounts to a master class in the power of observation”—Wall Street Journal. Winner of an Independent Spirit Award; nominated for a Venice Film Festival Golden Lion. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free

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February 18, Saturday

Cynthia Huard, piano

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

Affiliate artistCynthia Huard has performed as pianist and harpsichordist throughout the United States and Europe. Her versatile musicianship is a key element of the summer concert series of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, where, as artistic director, she performs with internationally known artists.Her concert program includes Beethoven's transcendent Opus 109, and works by Chopin and Prokofiev. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

cameronmckinney
Starting February 20, Monday

Spring Term Movement Classes

These classes are open to the college community. Register at the first class. For Middlebury College Students: 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. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Contact the Dance Office for further information: dance@middlebury.edu, http://go.middlebury.edu/dance, 802.443.5245.

Pictured: Cameron McKinney '13, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

These classes begin the second week of the term:

Yoga with Addie Cleveland
F 12:30-1:20 PM, MCA 109

Ballet with Emma Siskin
W 4:45-6:15 PM, MCA 109

Pilates with Nina Vila
TTh 12:30-1:20 PM, MCA 109
(College community only, fee course,

RIDDIM with Rachel Nuñez and Cameron McKinney
W 6:30-8:00 PM, MCA 109

Capoeira with Oliver Weisser
Su 3:00-4:30 PM, MCA 109

 

soribasimbacamara
Starting February 20, Monday

Guinean Dance Class with Soriba Simbo Camara

4:30 PM, every Monday through April 16 (except March 26), Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Join Simbo for a high energy African dance class that's so much fun you'll forget you're working out! Come smile while you sweat and explore another culture from an artistic angle. You'll be amazed at how quickly your stress from the day melts away as you get absorbed into learning the traditional dances and rhythms from West Africa. Sponsored by the Dance Program, the Department of Music, and the Academic Enrichment Fund. Free

 

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February 21, Tuesday

Xuefei Yang, guitar

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

Ever since her enchanting Valentine’s Day recital in 2008, our patrons have asked when highly regarded Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang would return to Middlebury. Yang, who can turn “sweet, chiming overtones into a wild sound like a hailstorm on a window,” (The Times) treats us to a program of Bach, Regondi, Brouwer, Chopin, and Albeniz’s “Asturias.” Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved seating. Tickets: $25/20/6  

 

 

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February 22, Wednesday

Culture as Creative Process

Presentation by Christal Brown

4:15-5:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Join us for a presentation by Christal Brown, candidate for the position of Assistant Professor of Dance. Brown is artistic director of INSPIRIT dance company in New York, NY, and former dancer with Chuck Davis and the Urban Bush Women. Through the growth of INSPIRIT, Brown has also been able to launch a nationwide youth initiative for teen girls called Project: BECOMING and develop a dance technique called "Liquid Strength." She will perform her new solo, “I’m Fine”, and discuss her career and creative process. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

 

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February 25, Saturday

Of Gods and Men

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Of Gods and Men is “a drama of character, and warm humanity”—Wall Street Journal. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the French Department. Free

 

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