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First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

William Shakespeare’s First Folio—the first complete collected edition of his plays, and one of the world’s most influential books—comes to Middlebury as part of a national tour marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Middlebury hosts a month long exhibition and series of performances, workshops, speakers, film screenings, and family events, as well as a Folio Festival on Thursday, February 18. For details visit Free

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, is a national travelling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 400th anniversary in 2016 of Shakespeare’s death. It is produced in association with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center. First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the generous support of and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.

Pictured: First Folio, 1623, title page. Folger Shakespeare Library

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February 2, Tuesday

Bodies of Early German Expressionism in the Weimar Era

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

In this lecture presentation, Sophie Bufton ’15.5 presents her independent research in dance history with an investigation of early German ausdruckstanz philosophy, with a focus on the works and influence of Mary Wigman, and how images and notions of "the ideal body” existed or were challenged during the interregnum period in Europe. Sponsored by the Dance Program.  Free

Pictured: Mary Wigman's Totentanz, 1926 by Ursula Richter

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Keynote Lecture: Shakespeare in America

7:00 PM, Middlebury College Center for the Arts, Robison Hall (Concert Hall)

Shakespeare has been a prism through which American issues—revolution, slavery, war, social justice—have been refracted. Drawing upon his recent anthology of writings, Columbia University professor James Shapiro explores how the history of Shakespeare in America is also the history of America itself. Shapiro is the author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare; Contested Will, Shakespeare in America; and The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. Presented in conjunction with the museum exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. Cosponsored by the Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury College, and the Vermont Humanities Council. Free

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Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception

6:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

A festive evening for members to gather and celebrate the fourth year of PASS, preview select performances from the 2016–17 season, and vote on which event to support. Membership information: 802-443-PASS (7277) or

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Heath Quartet

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

Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Heath Quartet was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. To round out their winter term as quartet in residence, the group plays a mixed repertoire program including Haydn’s Op 20 No. 5, Beethoven’s Op. 135, and Tchaikovsky's Quartet No. 2 in F Major. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. See associated concerts January 14 and 21. Reserved Seating. Buy Tickets: $20 Public/$15 middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury Students.  Box Office Info>> Approximate run time 1 hour 40 minutes with 1 intermission.

Photo Sussie Ahlburg

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Salt Water Bodies

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

Senior thesis dance concert--

choreography by Sophie Bufton ’15.5.

Sponsored by the Dance Program.


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First Folio Festival

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lobby and Museum of Art

Join us for Renaissance music, gallery talks, and a live theatre performance celebrating the exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us ShakespearePerformances by the Mountain Ayres, The Penny Lane Consort, and Straight Up Shakespeare; Renaissance refreshments; children's activities; and Shakespeare selfies. More at Free

Pictured: (l) Umberto Romano. Shakespeare recites Shakespeare. Oil on canvas, ca. 1960s. Folger Shakespeare Library (r) Martin Droeshout. Shakespeare. Engraving, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library

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Bria Skonberg Quintet

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

Trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Bria Skonberg is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation”—Wall Street Journal. Her star is on the rise: she earned a 2013 Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year,” won a spot in Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star Critics’ Poll for the past two years running, and swept the 2014 Hot House Jazz Awards in all categories nominated: Best Jazz Artist, Best Trumpet, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Group. Her Middlebury program is an ode to Louis Armstrong, plus a mix of jazz standards and her original works. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Running time: approximately 90 minutes; no intermission. Buy Tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Box Office Info>>

Photo Seth Cashman

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Much Ado About Nothing

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin by director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Shot in just 12 days, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy, and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. “The first filmed Shakespeare comedy in decades that is actually funny”––Lou Lumenick, New York Post. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Joss Wheedon, USA, 109 minutes, 2012) Free

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The Solo Workshop

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

The Solo Workshop, in collaboration with the UVM Lane Series, presents its fifth evening of new works, continuing an exploration of what “solo” means to both artist and audience. To explore the collaborative, creative process, The Solo workshop brings together five University of Vermont artists and five Middlebury College artists to form pairs of choreographer-dancers and composer-musicians. Each twosome creates and performs a new piece, investigating the rich history and possibilities of the interaction of music and dance. The five new works are enhanced by lighting design and innovative use of the Dance Theatre space. Choreographer-dancers paired with composer-musicians: Paul Besaw (UVM) and Peter Hamlin '73 (Middlebury); Christal Brown (Middlebury) and David Neiweem (UVM); Selene Colburn (UVM) and Kathy Wonson-Eddy (Middlebury); Scotty Hardwig (Middlebury) and Patricia Julien (UVM); and Tzveta Kassabova (Middlebury) and Ray Vega (UVM). Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale February 1. Online box office>>

Photo Andy Dubak

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Tina Packer’s Women of Will

8:00 PM Saturday, 7:00 PM Sunday, Wright Memorial Theatre

Join master actor/dramaturg Tina Packer as she deconstructs and conjures William Shakespeare’s most famous female characters in two funny and fierce shows that are part performance and part master class. On Saturday, Packer and costar Nigel Gore perform Force and Heat: The Early Plays. On Sunday, they present Chaos and Redemption: The Later Plays. “Marvelous!”–Ben Brantley, New York Times. Book signings after each show. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Theatre Program, in conjunction with the exhibition First Folio! the Book that Gave Us Shakespeare at the Museum. Running time: approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes including one intermission. Buy Tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students.  Box Office Info>>

Photo Kevin Sprague

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February 21, Sunday

Distant Mirrors—Music between the Wars, 1918–1939

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

The Heliand Consort presents music from the interwar period including novelty piano, French impressionism, the American songbook, and Poulenc’s spectacular Sextet for piano and winds. This vibrantly creative program captures the dramatic contrasts of the period from the heights of the roaring twenties to the depths of the Depression. A dynamic evening of chamber music with Vermont’s own piano and woodwind ensemble: Berta Frank, flute; Katie Oprea, oboe; Elisabeth LeBlanc, clarinet; Joy Worland, horn; Julian Partridge, bassoon; and Cynthia Huard, piano. Pre-concert talk by Rebecca Mitchell, Assistant Professor of History at Middlebury College, at 2:30 PM. Mitchell holds advanced degrees in Piano Performance. Her special interest is the intersection of music, poetics and identity in history.   Her monograph, Nietzsche’s Orphans: Music, Metaphysics and the Twilight of the Russian Empire is to be  published  in January 2016 by Yale University Press. Sponsored by the Department of Music and Vermont Public Radio. Free

Photo Tom Pollak

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Spring 2016 Dance/Movement Classes

These classes are open to the college community. PE credit may be available with attendance at a minimum of eight classes; ask instructor for details. register at the first class unless otherwise noted.

Students: 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:,, or 802-443-3136.


with Russell Comstock

M 5:00-6:15 PM, MCA 110



with Nina Villa

Tu, Th 12:30-1:20 PM, MCA 109

***Extra Fee***


Beginning/ Intermediate Ballet

with Barbara Doyle-Wilch

Tu 5:00-6:30 PM, MCA 109


Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

with Barbara Doyle Wilch

W 5:00-6:30 PM, MCA 109


Hip Hop Dance

with Keanu Forrest

Th 7:00-8:30 PM, MCA 109

Pictured: Afi Yellow-Duke '15, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

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Carrie Mae Weems’ Homecraft: Controlling Images and African American Families

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Elizabeth Searcy, PhD candidate at UCLA, gives an illustrated lecture on family and gender in the art of MacArthur Award-winning photographer and visual artist Carrie Mae Weems. She explores the consequences of race and gender stereotypes as presented by Weems’ works on domesticity, in particular the photographic series Family Pictures and Stories and Kitchen Table Series. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Johnson Enrichment Fund. Free

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Exhibition Opening: Black Is, Black Ar’nt: Defining and Resisting through Art

4:30 P.M., McCullough Student Center, Center Gallery

This reception marks the opening of the exhibition Black Is, Black Ar'nt: Defining and Resisting through Art, on view through March 4. Through paintings, photographs, and prints, Tamir Williams ’16, Najwa Stanford ’16, and Chicago-based artist, educator, and activist Turtel Onli challenge historical and contemporary definitions of Blackness. Refreshments will be served. Free

Pictured: Image from Turtel Onli’s Ms Liberty Melon series

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The Opulence of Integrity

7:00 PM, Town Hall Theater 

Christal Brown’s four-movement, evening-length dance work is inspired by Muhammad Ali’s career as a boxer, and his life as a social activist, public martyr, and human being. The performance explores the inner struggle for identity for men of color in the United States, with an intimate look at the trappings that continually prohibit freedom. Brown dedicates the work “to her father, brother, and uncle—who fought but did not win—and to her own son, whose battle has not yet begun. To be born branded by history, burdened by responsibility, and inspired towards greatness requires a committed heart and an opulence of integrity.” Tickets:  $20/adults, $15 students (of all ages). A co-production of Town Hall Theater and Inspirit Dance Company, sponsored by the Dance Program. Buy tickets>>

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3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A dispute over land in a remote Russian township casts cataclysmic ripples through a family and a community. This film by Audrey Zvyagintsev is a thinly veiled political parable drenched in bitter irony that takes aim at the controversial regime of Vladimir Putin. “The director’s most accessible and naturalistic film, using everyday characters to test how well modern-day Russia is maintaining the social contract with its citizens”––Peter Debruge, Variety. In Russian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 140 minutes, 2014) Free

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Selected Scenes from Will, a New Play by Jon Glascoe ’78

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

Shakespeare’s Richard II  is about the deposition of a monarch. Imagine the fury of Queen Elizabeth when she discovered that this very play was performed for an audience of traitorous soldiers the night before the Essex Rebellion—the famed Earl’s failed attempt to depose her. In Jon Glascoe’s new play Will, Shakespeare stands chained in the Tower of London, questioned by Robert Cecil and eventually the Queen herself, to determine his role in the treason. In the course of these examinations, Will’s whole life is revealed, from his humble beginnings in Stratford, to the glory of Hamlet. Join us for a series of excerpts from Will, performed by members of the Vermont Shakespeare Festival. Light Refreshments after the performance. Cosponsored by the Director of the Arts at Middlebury, the Council for the Arts, the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Vermont Shakespeare Festival. This event is part of a month-long celebration associated with the museum’s exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. Free


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