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September 4, Tuesday (through October 28)

Camera Work: Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand, and Company

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

First published in 1903, Alfred Stieglitz’s magazine Camera Work quickly became one of the most influential photographic journals in the country. Created in response to the emergence of haphazard snapshots being taken by vast numbers of amateur photographers using Kodak box cameras, Camera Work set the standard for photographic art. Focusing on the work and philosophy of the Photo-Secession, an elite group of invited members presided over by Stieglitz, the magazine promoted photography as a means of personal expression through articles about artistic issues and illustrations of fine art photography. Free

Pictured: Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946), The Hand of Man from Camera Work I, c. 1903, photogravure on paper, 6 1/8 x 8 3/8 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund, 2004.045

 

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September 7-9, Friday-Sunday

Pre-semester Dance Workshop: Dancing and Dance Making

Technique in the morning, repertory in the afternoon, with a break for lunch. Pre-registration required via the Dance Program.

Pictured:: Stuart Singer, Beasts and Plots (2013), choreographed by Gwen Welliver

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September 8, Saturday

Informal Showing: Stuart Singer

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

Stuart Singer's informal showing of dance material from current projects includes the revival tour of the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson opera, Einstein on the Beach (choreography by Lucinda Childs), with which Stuart is performing.  Stuart is a freelance artist/performer based in Brooklyn, NY who has performed in the companies of many well-known contemporary choreographers. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

 

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September 10, Monday

Box Office Opening Day for PASS Members

10:00 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office and McCullough Box Office

Tickets for the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale today for members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS).  Learn more about PASS>>  Go to the online box office>>

 

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Starting September 11, Tuesday

Fall Dance/Movement PE Classes Begin!

These classes are open to the college community. PE credit is available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes. Register at the first class. 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, http://go.middlebury.edu/dance, (802) 443-5245.

Advanced Beginning Dance (DANC 0260/0261)
with Christal Brown
TTh 9:30-10:45 a.m., MCA 110*

Beginning Dance (DANC 0160) with Catherine Cabeen
TTh 3:00-4:15 p.m., MCA 110*

From Africa to the Americas (DANC 0163)
with Christal Brown
TTh 1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m., MCA 110*
*open on a space-available basis, confirm with instructor at first meeting

 

Ticket Art 2010
September 12, Wednesday

Box Office Opening Day for Middlebury College ID card holders

10:00 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office and McCullough Box Office

Tickets for the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale today for Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and other ID card holders, as well as members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS). Go to the online box office>>

 
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September 12, Wednesday

Built to Educate: The American Art Museum

4:30 PM, Twilight Auditorium

Dr. James A. Welu, director emeritus, Worcester Art Museum, offers the first in a series of talks about issues in the museum world. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Committee on the Arts, in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums. Free

 

 

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September 13, Thursday

Opening Lecture: China Modern

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

Maggie Clinton, assistant professor of history, and Thomas E. Moran, John D. Berninghausen Professor of Chinese, discuss the seismic historical changes revealed by the commercial products on view in the China Modern exhibition. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Friends of the Art Museum, Department of Chinese, and Department of History. Free

Pictured: Dried Lichee Box, 1930s–1940s. Manufactured by Fook Loong, Canton. Lithograph on paperboard. Photo © Alan Borrud Photography, Portland, Oregon

 

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September 13, Thursday

Theatre Auditions: 16th Annual First Year Show

7:00–10:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

Middlebury College students are invited to audition for BEST OF NEW YORK: An Evening of Scenes. An opportunity to play some of the greatest characters New York theatre has served up in the last 5 years! Directed by Lisa Velten Smith. Performances: October 19–21 in the Hepburn Zoo.  Callbacks: Friday, September 14th, 7:00–10:00 PM. Read more>>

 

 

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September 14, Friday (through December 9)

China Modern: Designing 20th-Century Popular Culture

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery

 China Modern is a vast and substantive exhibition, of approximately 175 objects, that takes an in-depth look at the rich tradition of Chinese designs and styles in advertising, packaging, and promotional art for cinema, music, comic books, pulp fiction, fashion, games, and toys. These iconic images chronicle China’s changing attitudes and identity and its transition to a giant commercial superpower. The exhibition was developed by the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, and the tour was organized by International Arts and Artists, Washington, D.C. Free

Pictured: Xin Liliang, The Projectionist, 1966. Published by Shanghai People’s Art Publishing House. Lithograph. Photo © Alan Borrud Photography, Portland, Oregon

 

 

 
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September 15, Saturday

Beginners

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Shortly after the death of his mother, Oliver faces another shock: his 75-year-old father, Hal, announces that he is gay. Pulled into Hal’s proud exploration of the identity so long denied to him, Oliver attempts to infuse his own romance with his father’s joie de vivre. Christopher Plummer won an Oscar for best supporting actor, “bringing a rare wit, compassion and sanctimonious grace to the role of Hal”—The Guardian. U.K. film; sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series and Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Free

 

 

Ticket Art 2010
September 17, Monday

Box Office Opening Day for the General Public

10:00 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts Box Office and McCullough Box Office

Tickets for the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series and other selected events go on sale today to the general public. Tickets are also available to Middlebury College students, faculty, staff, and other ID card holders, as well as members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS). Go to the online box office>>

 

 

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September 17, Monday

“Making Music Make a Difference: Ethnomusicology in Civic Engagement and Social Activism”

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room  221

Dr. Michael Bakan, Professor and Head of Ethnomusicology/World Music, Florida State University. Sponsored by the Department of Music, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Free

 

 

 

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Starting September 18, Tuesday

More Fall Dance/Movement PE Classes!

These classes are open to the college community. PE credit is available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes. Register at the first class. 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, http://go.middlebury.edu/dance, (802) 443-5245.

Yoga for Faculty and Staff with Joanna Colwell
September 5-October 24
W 11:30-12:30 p.m., MCA 109
W 12:45-1:45 p.m., MCA 109
sponsored by the Optimal Health Initiative

Pilates with Nina Vila
TTh 12:30-1:20 p.m., MCA 109
College community only,
$60 for one class per week for 10 weeks
register at the box office (go/boxoffice) starting Sept. 12

Ballet, Intermediate/Advanced with Emma Siskin
W 4:45-6:15 p.m., MCA 109

RIDDIM with Cameron McKinney and Amy Donahue
This class will cover a variety of styles featured in RIDDIM shows, including hip-hop, jazz, jazz funk, lyrical, bollywood, salsa, and more!
W 6:30-8:00 p.m., MCA 109

Yoga with Addie Cleveland
F 12:30-1:20 p.m., MCA 109

Capoeira with Rufus Raghunath
Su 3:00-4:30 p.m., MCA 109

 

 

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September 18, Tuesday (through September 25)

Living Portraits

Johnson Memorial Building

Oil paintings and ceramic sculptures created in Jim Butler’s spring Portraiture class, some of which were presented in the Spring Student Symposium, are on display. The students present vivid images communicating the personalities of people who have made a difference in their lives. Beautifully crafted pictures and colorful glazed ceramic objects bring them to life. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured:Yasmina Muslemany ’14 works on her oil painting Triple Portrait of My Father

 

 
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September 19, Wednesday

Architecture as Art House: Museums for a New Generation

4:30 PM, Twilight Auditorium

Ann Beha Architects in Boston, Massachusetts, is a member of the team responsible for the Center for Art and Education, a new year-round facility at Shelburne Museum. Founder and president Ann Beha discusses the current state of museum architecture. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Committee on the Arts in conjunction with HARC 0248, a new introductory course about art museums. Free

Pictured:Architectural rendering of the New Britain Museum of American Art

 

 

September 21, Friday

From Deng to Dollars: The Political Economy of China’s Rise

12:15–5:15 PM, McCullough Social Space; 7:15–8:30 PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 216

Three of the world’s leading China scholars make afternoon presentations in the International Politics and Economics Symposium, devoted to critical issues in the global political economy: Ezra Vogel of Harvard University; Yasheng Huang of the Sloan School of Management at MIT; and Scott Rozelle of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. During the evening session, all three speakers gather for a panel discussion. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition China Modern: Designing 20th-Century Popular Culture. Free

 
 
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September 22, Saturday

Friends of the Art Museum Tour: Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, Vermont

Departing at 9:00 AM from the Mahaney Center for the Arts parking lot

In advance of the museum’s spring 2013 exhibition Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context, the Friends of the Art Museum take a bus trip to this extraordinary nearby site. Membership information: 802.443.2309 or museum.middlebury.edu

Pictured: Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, born 1955), Rock of Ages #12, Abandoned Section, Adam-Pirie Quarry, Barre, Vermont, 1991, digital chromogenic color print. Photograph courtesy Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York/Nicholas Metivier, Toronto

 

 

 
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September 22, Saturday

The Kid with a Bike

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A young boy, abandoned by his father, bonds with the town hairdresser, who agrees to foster him on weekends. The latest picture by the acclaimed Dardennes brothers and winner of the 2011 Cannes Grand Jury Prize, The Kid with a Bike is “unafraid of emotion, unafraid of plunging into basic human ideas: the need for trust, and the search for love”—The Guardian. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French. Free 

 

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September 26, Wednesday (through October 3)

Environmental/Figurative Interiors

Johnson Memorial Building

Students in Jim Butler’s spring Foundation-Drawing class spent more than five weeks creating large-scale, multimedia drawings of a live model posed in a theatrical tableaux. The resulting images are rambunctious combinations of charcoal, ink, gouache, photo collage, and found objects. Melding visual observation with strategies of patterning, process, and willful abandon, each is distinctively personal in style and form. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Tom Durkin ’13 works on his mixed-media drawing Skeletal Hand

 

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Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium:

Creativity and Collaboration

September 27–29, 2012

The Clifford Symposium kicks off each academic year by giving the campus community rich opportunities to discuss and experience timely topics from many perspectives. This year’s symposium is hosted by Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts in honor of its 20th-anniversary season.

Sponsored by the Arts Council, Office of the President, Academic Enrichment Fund, Committee on the Arts, Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Hirschfield International Film Series, Program in Environmental Studies, and Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest.

 
Read the press release>>

Schedule of Events:

 

September 27, Thursday

Woodin Colloquium Series: Creativity and Collaboration

12:30-1:20 PM, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, The Orchard (room 103)

At the weekly Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series events, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community gather over lunch to hear from a broad range of speakers—students, faculty, alumni, and environmental professionals—on conservation and environmental topics. This week features Steve Trombulak, Professor of Environmental and Biosphere Studies; Chris McGrory Klyza, Stafford Professor of Public Policy, Political Science & Environmental Studies; and Dan Brayton, Associate Professor of English and American Literatures. Please bring your own lunch and beverage to enjoy during the talk. Free

 

 

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September 27, Thursday

Keynote Speech: Julie Burstein

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

Burstein is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer, best-selling author, and public speaker who has spent her working life in conversation with highly creative people—interviewing, probing, guiding, and creating public radio programs about them and their work.cliffordsymp-julieburstein-sparkcover

In her book Spark: How Creativity Works, she offers a tour through some of creativity’s essential byways. She shines a beam onto its mysterious workings, helping us find more of that dimension within ourselves and putting it to good use. Burstein will talk about some of the essential qualities for successful creative collaborations -- which are not much different from what we each need to be creative on our own.  With stories from artists, musicians, and writers, Julie explores how we can open ourselves up to experience, learn to harness our differences to find innovative solutions, and why conflict can lead us to new ideas.  Whether we're working with a partner, on a team at work, at home participating in the ongoing creative endeavor we call our families, Julie's talk offers insight into the elements that can make everyone a creative collaborator. Introduced by Director of the Arts Pieter Broucke; a reception and book-signing by Ms. Burstein immediately follows the keynote. Free

Photo Pavlina Perry

 

 
 
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September 27, Thursday

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8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lobby

A short, original show integrating music, dance, circus, and theatricality by Rachel Schiffer ‘06.5 and Ben Schiffer ‘10.

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Brother and sister team up as R&B Productions to highlight their specialties of sound design, dj-ing, wire walking, and dance.  In this first collaboration, they have created a performance experience “wound around” the behavior of wires and cables.  Their collaboration—with not only each other, but also with the equipment they use and their individual disciplines—gives way to an inventive, outside of the box, funny and heartfelt show. Free

 

 
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September 28, Friday

Kinesthetic Empathy as a Creative Practice in Film, Fiction, Music, and Dance

10:15–11:00 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

Presentation by Dr. W. P. Seeley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bates College, and professional sculptor. Kinesthetic empathy—the capacity to use our own bodies to model, interpret, and understand the emotions and behaviors of others in social contexts—is a form of social cognition that has been appealed to in explanations of musical expressiveness, kinetic transfer in dance, narrative understanding, and our emotional engagement with characters in movies and novels. In each of these cases, the same embodied neurophysiological proceses through which we orient ourselves to the actions, emotions, and intentions of others in social contexts are harnessed as expressive devices to communicate the content of an artwork. Artistic communication can thereby be thought of as a collaborative exchange, a collective project in which spectators and audience members reconstruct the rich expressive content of artworks from sparse formal and compositional cues. Perhaps more importantly, creative activity in the arts can be thought of as a dynamic exchange between artists and spectators. Dr. Seeley discusses the role kinesthetic empathy plays in the creative process and our engagement with artworks in a range of media. Introduced by John Spackman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, with comments by Ariele Faber '13. Free

 

September 28, Friday

Symposium Lunch

11:00 AM–12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

 

 

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September 28, Friday

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art

12:15–1:00 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

Charles A. Dana Professor of Art and Architecture Kirsten Hoving discusses her collaboration with students in the art history course Alfred Stieglitz and Camera Work, which resulted in the current exhibition Camera Work: Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand, and Company. Lunch is served prior to the talk, at 11:00 am. Free to College ID cardholders; community donations welcomed.

Pictured: Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946), Two Towers—New York from Camera Work XLIV, 1911, published 1913, photogravure on paper, 11 x 7 7/8 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Walter Cerf Art Acquisition Fund, 2008.030. Photo Tad Merrick

 

September 28, Friday

International Studies Colloquium: "Why Is Peacekeeping So Hard? The Ups and Downs of a Collaborative Process"

12:15 PM, Robert A. Jones ’59 House, conference room

A lunchtime presentation by Amy Yuen, Assistant Professor of Political Science. Peacekeeping is a modern technique for managing international and civil conflicts with a mixed record of success. In some cases, long term peace has persisted, while others have proved to be spectacular failures. Because peacekeepers are usually invited as part of a peace process, we expect missions to help that process move smoothly. So why do so many missions end in renewed violence? Amy Yuen's research offers different levels of explanation, from the peacekeeping institution to the strategic incentives of belligerents to explain why the peacekeeping mission is just the beginning of a long process towards stable peace. Sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Monday, 9/24, by emailing cfia@middlebury.edu or by calling 802-443-5324.

 

September 28, Friday

Social Entrepreneurship Talk with Christal Brown

12:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 219

The Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship hosts Christal Brown, Assistant Professor of Dance. Using Project: BECOMING as a model, Brown will speak to the broader work of community engagement projects across artistic disciplines and how the role of social entrepreneurship is used by artist to build community capital as a currently un-commodified reciprocal investment. Free

 

 

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September 28–29, Friday–Saturday

A Curious Invasion/Middlebury

PearsonWidrig Dance Theater

12:30 and 4:30 PM each day, Mahaney Center for the Arts

The audience embarks on an elaborate journey in and around the Mahaney Center for the Arts in this sweeping, site-specific performance event by award-winning U.S. dance company PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, in collaboration with the Dance Company of Middlebury. Live music is played by David Schulman. The work includes snippets of the Alumni Solos Project, choreographed by Peter Schmitz, with Paul Matteson ’00, Simon Thomas-Train ’09, Pamela Vail ’90, and Otto Pierce ’13. A Curious Invasion has been performed in China, Korea, Japan, India, and New Zealand. Introduced by Andrea Olsen, Professor of Dance, John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies. Free

Photo Tom Caravaglia

 

 

September 28, Friday

The Creative Process, Art Making, and Entrepreneurship

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

Keynote speaker and author Julie Burstein talks with dance program chair Penny Campbell and associate professor of economics Jessica Holmes about details that are the key to creative work—details that are often assumed, and therefore overlooked, but could be the guide into a very different experience, perception, and way of thinking.  Students from Campbell's Creative Process class and Holmes' MiddCORE class also take part in the panel discussion. Introduced by Elizabeth Robinson. Free

 

September 28, Friday

Symposium Breakout Sessions

3:00–4:15 PM, various locations (see listings)

 

Telling Collaborations: The “Life Stories of Middlebury College” Project

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Introduced by Christal Brown, Assistant Professor of Dance. The Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity’s “Life Stories” is a collaborative project that trains teams of faculty, staff, and students to conduct filmed oral history interviews of other Middlebury College community members. Interviews particularly reflect on experiences at Middlebury of diversity (including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability). Films and transcripts are available through the Special Collections and on Middlab, encouraging scholars to draw on our rich histories for research across the disciplines. This interactive roundtable includes team members and interviewees since the program began in 2009. Free

 

Finding the True, Singing Words: A Reading with Comments on Poetry’s Creative Process

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 126

College and Vermont Poets Gary Margolis, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Ray Hudson and Karin Gottshall will read from their work and discuss how a poem comes into being. Free

 

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Playwriting

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Introduced by Dana Yeaton, Visiting Assistant Professor in Theatre. While some playwrights hibernate as they create, many others use public collaboration to invent or fine-tune their developing works.  Actors, directors, designers, and dramaturges are essential collaborators in this process. This workshop by Andrew Smith ‘97.5 displays how collaboration and creativity work hand-in-hand in the playwrighting process. Free

 

Improvisation Workshop with Lisa Velten Smith

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 232

Introduced by Alex Draper ’88, Assistant Professor of Theatre. The first rule of improv is to always say yes to your partner. In this workshop New York and Chicago actress Lisa Velten Smith--along with members of the group Otter Nonsense--will demonstrate how this fundamental rule of collaboration leads to instant creativity. Free

 

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Recent Student Work in Large Format Painting and Glass: Open Studios

(ongoing throughout the day) Davis Family Library, Johnson Memorial Building Gallery, and Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

The Program in Studio Art presents creative student visual art in three venues. At the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the first floor gallery area features a wide array of class work including prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture. Collaborative art created with Cameron Visiting Artists in blown-glass and silkscreen-printing is on view in the Davis Family Library main lobby.  Come see the art process behind-the-scenes as Johnson Building studios are open to the public during the day on Friday. The open studios are accompanied by an exhibition of large-scale drawings in the Johnson Pit. Free

Pictured: Mandy Kwan '12 creating a house in the class Sculptural Architecture

 

 
paulmatteson1Alumni Solos Project: "This Is How It Looks"

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance  Theatre

Peter Schmitz creates one solo with three distinct artists: Pamela Vail '90, Paul Matteson ’00, Simon Thomas-Train '09, and current student Otto Pierce ’13.5. Music by Michael Chorney, costumes by Maile Okamura. Introduced by Simon Thomas-Train. Also on Saturday at 3:00 PM. Free

 

 

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September 28, Friday

A Curious Invasion/Middlebury

Pearson Widrig Dance Theater

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Also at 12:30 PM Friday, and 12:30 and 4:30 PM Saturday. See details above.

Photo Tom Caravaglia

 

 

 

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September 28, Friday

The High Line: Adrian Benepe '78, P '09 '13 and Peter Mullan*

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

The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line, which is elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for its preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was threatened with demolition. Hear how Friends of the High Line Vice President for Planning and Design Peter Mullan and former New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe collaboratively established the High Line as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. Introduced by Director of the Arts Pieter Broucke. Free
*Please note revised speakers.

Pictured: The High Line:looking North toward West 29th Street, where the High Line begins a long, gentle curve toward the Hudson River.  ©Iwan Baan, 2011

 

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September 28, Friday

Jazz Conversations: Trading Fours

9:00 PM (or immediately following the keynote), Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

"Trading fours" is one of the main components of small group jazz.  It’s a musical conversation: composition on the fly, done collaboratively by two or more players.  The results are exciting to hear and fun to do.  Join Director of Jazz Activities Dick Forman and several of the College’s best jazz players for a demonstration of the technique, and a chance to try it yourself!  Bring an instrument, or your voice—or just come to listen. The music and a reception start in the MCA lower lobby immediately following the High Line presentation. Free

Photo Brett Simison

 

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September 29, Saturday

Intrinsic Collaboration in Film Art Direction with Rick Heinrichs

11:00 AM–12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Film design veteran Heinrichs speaks about his work with long time collaborator Tim Burton, as well as directors Ang Lee, Gore Verbinski, and the Coen Brothers. Heinrichs won an Oscar, a BAFTA, and Art Directors Guild award for his work on Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow and an Art Directors Guild Award for Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events. His other film credits include Dark Shadows, Captain America: The First Avenger, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Big Lebowski and Fargo. Free

 

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September 29, Saturday

A Curious Invasion/Middlebury

Pearson Widrig Dance Theater

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Also at 12:30 and 4:30 PM Friday, and 4:30 PM Saturday. See details above.

Photo Tom Caravaglia

Watch a video about this event>>

 

 

September 29, Saturday

Symposium Lunch

1:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts

 

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September 29, Saturday

Pearson Widrig Dance Theater Conversation: Cross-Cultural Collaborating

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

Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig discuss the process of creating A Curious Invasion and performing it in different cultural contexts, including India, Japan, Peru, New Zealand, and South Korea. Free

Photo Tom Caravaglia

 

 

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September 29, Saturday

Alumni Solos Project: "This Is How It Looks"

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Peter Schmitz creates one solo with three distinct artists: Pamela Vail '90, Paul Matteson ’00, Simon Thomas-Train '09, and current student Otto Pierce ’13.5. Music by Michael Chorney, costumes by Maile Okamura. Introduced by Simon Thomas-Train. Also on Friday at 3:00 PM. Free

 

 

September 29, Saturday

One Work from Two Traditions

3:00–4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

In this presentation, Professors Damascus Kafumbe and Jeff Buettner share their collective strategies to teach a Ugandan four-movement song cycle entitled “Omwenge mu Maka”/Alcoholism in a Home (comp. Damascus Kafumbe). This collaboration will conclude with a joint performance by members of the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble and the Middlebury College Choir during the academic year 2012-2013. As Professor Larry Hamberlin emphasizes during the presentation, the collaboration reflects the music department’s goal to support projects that promote a comprehensive understanding of world music through musicultural theory and practice. Free

 

 

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September 29, Saturday

Pina

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Few choreographers have had more influence in the world of modern dance than the late German artist Pina Bausch. This incendiary documentary film by Wim Wender explores Bausch’s life and work while we see her company perform her most notable creations, where basic things like water, dirt, and even gravity take on otherworldly qualities. Pina “should be read less as a polite memorial than as a palpitating act of resurrection”— The New Yorker. The 3:00 PM screening is introduced by Daniel Houghton '06, visiting lecturer in film and media culture; with a  post-show discussion led by Professor of Film and Media Culture Leger Grindon and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Catherine Cabeen. Free

 

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September 29, Saturday

A Curious Invasion/Middlebury

Pearson Widrig Dance Theater

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Also at 12:30 and 4:30 PM Friday, and 12:30 PM Saturday. See details above.

Photo Tom Caravaglia

Watch a video about this event>>

 

 

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September 29, Saturday

Emerson String Quartet

Eugene Drucker, violin
Philip Setzer, violin
Lawrence Dutton, viola
David Finckel, cello

8:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel

The Emerson String Quartet has amassed more than 30 acclaimed recordings, 9 Grammy Awards, 3 Gramophone Awards, and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, among other achievements. The list of the quartet’s connections to Middlebury is nearly as long: 31 performances, 4 honorary degrees, and a performance at the Mahaney Center’s opening gala in 1992. Honoring cellist David Finckel’s last season with the Emerson, the Performing Arts Series presents the quartet in Mead Chapel, where they made their campus debut in 1981. The program includes works by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Beethoven (his first “Razumovsky” quartet). Associate Professor Larry Hamberlin offers a preconcert lecture at 7:30 PM. President Ronald. D Liebowitz and his wife Jessica graciously host a reception for the quartet in the McCullough Social Space. All audience members are invited to attend immediately following the performance. Concert tickets: $25/20/6* Go to the Box Office>>

Read the press release>>

*Special Quartet Package offer: Purchase tickets to both the Emerson and Takács (October 2) string quartet concerts at $20/15/5 each

Photo J. Henry Fair

 


Further Events

 

September 30, Sunday

The Incredibly Dramatic Life of Science and Mathematics

4:30–6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

The success of Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia in the mid 1990s opened a door for playwrights to explore and exploit science and mathematics as source material. The result is a rich and expanding collection of new plays that, at their best, bring insightful perspectives to bear on the sometimes elusive ideas from the mathematical sciences that shape our understanding of the world: Newtonian physics, evolution, quantum mechanics, computer science, chaos theory, and infinity.

This rich interplay between theater and science has been the topic of a regular teaching collaboration between Steve Abbott, Professor of Mathematics, and Cheryl Faraone, Professor of Theatre and Women and Gender Studies—centered around the proposition that science and art are worthy partners. This presentation offers a brief but authentic view into their team-taught course, incorporating students from the most recent edition of the class performing scenes and discussing various plays they studied. Free

 

 

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September 30, Sunday

Buddha Prince Backstage

7:30 PM, Dana Auditorium

Film screening, discussion, and workshops with Markell Kiefer ’96.5, Tyson Lien ’98, and Tenzin Ngawang. Buddha Prince Backstage is a documentary film on the creation and staging of their outdoor walking play “The Buddha Prince,”  celebrating the extraordinary life and teachings of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Additional workshops on theatrical collaboration and traditional Tibetan dance and music will be held on Sunday afternoon and Monday. Registration required for some events.

 

 

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October 1, Monday

Screening and Discussion of Lotus Lives with Su Lian Tan and Tim Bartlett ‘98

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Watch a film screening of the original chamber opera, performed here at Middlebury in fall 2011. The composer and video set designer give an informal talk together about creating and composing Lotus Lives. From the initial inspiration to the rendering of ideas in musical and visual form, they elucidate the process, including the important communication between them. Following this presentation, there will be the opportunity to ask questions of the artists. Introduced by Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts. Free

 

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October 2, Tuesday

Takács String Quartet

Edward Dusinberre, violin
Károly Schranz, violin
Geraldine Walther, viola
András Fejér, cello

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

Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. While in Middlebury, this audience-favorite ensemble performs Schubert’s Rosamunde quartet, Britten’s Quartet no. 2 in C Major, and Dvořák’s “American” quartet. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and an anonymous Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) member, in honor of Paul Nelson. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6*
*Special Quartet Package offer: Purchase tickets to both the Emerson (September 29) and Takács string quartet concerts at $20/15/5 each.  Go to the Box Office>>

Photo Ellen Appel

 

Please note: All performances and programs are subject to change. Check back here or call 802.443.3168 for updates.

 


About the Clifford Symposium

The annual Clifford Symposium is named after College Professor of History Emeritus Nicholas R. Clifford, who taught history at the college from 1966 to 1993 and who in his many years as a member of the faculty and administration cultivated critical inquiry.

 


 

2012 Planning Committee

  • Steve Abbott, Professor of Mathematics
  • Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, and Associate Curator of Ancient Art
  • Shannon Bohler-Small, Arts Event Manager, Mahaney Center for the Arts
  • Larry Hamberlin, Associate Professor of Music
  • Cheryl Faraone, Professor of Theatre and Women's and Gender Studies
  • Liza Sacheli Lloyd, Director, Mahaney Center for the Arts
  • Andrea Olsen, Professor of Dance, John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Elizabeth Robinson, Director, Project on Innovation in the Liberal Arts

Advisors / Pre-Planning Committee

  • Christa Clifford, Associate Director of Operations and Finance, Mahaney Center for the Arts
  • Peter Hamlin, Christian A. Johnson Professor of Music
  • Dana Yeaton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

Mahaney Center for the Arts
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3168 phone
(802) 443-2834 fax
cfa@middlebury.edu