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The Measure of a Man

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

An unemployed factory worker struggles to keep his family afloat and maintain his dignity in this powerful social drama. How much will this ordinary working man compromise his integrity to make ends meet? The lead performance by Vincent Lindon “is a veritable master class in understated humanism”––Scott Foundas, Variety. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French. (Stéphane Brizé, France, 2015, 93 minutes) Free

people participating in dance classOctober 4, Tuesday

Improvisational Practices Course: Gaga Class

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

Gaga is a new training method that provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Offered by Maree ReMalia, Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer at Middlebury. Open to all ages 16+, no previous experience necessary. Sponsored by Movement Matters. Free

roof top with person sitting on topOctober 4, Tuesday

Visiting Artist Lecture: Heather Hart

4:30 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Heather Hart is a Brooklyn-based visual artist whose work resonates along lines of architecture and psychology: the space that our bodies inhabit and the space of our minds and memories. Hart’s architectural fragments—rooftops and porches and their undefined unrefined interiors—are spaces for gathering of community or solitary reflection, steeped in collective memory and personal experience. Hart’s sculptures and situations and sites are catalysts for dynamic social engagements that lead to increased understanding and an expanded sense of community. Hart has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including awards from the Harpo Foundation, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art and the Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund. Free

 

October 4, Tuesday

Introduction to the Chinese Guzheng (zither) with Fiona Sze-Lorrain

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Fiona Sze-Lorrain is a poet, translator, editor, and classical guzheng musician who has performed worldwide at such prestigious venues as Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Maison des cultures du monde, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and the Musée Cernuschi. In this presentation, she discusses the history of the guzheng and guzheng music, and plays representative pieces, joined for some of the session by Middlebury College students. In English and Chinese with translation. Sponsored by the Greenberg-Starr Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Department of Music, Asian Studies Program, and the Chinese Society. Approximate running time: 90 minutes. Free

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The Insensitive Chaos of Objects: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Arte Povera, and Paleo-aesthetics

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

Lecture by Ara Merjian, associate professor of Italian and art history, NYU. By using humble materials, Arte Povera artists tacitly protested the corporate, technological design that had come to distinguish Italy by the late 1960s—the most conspicuous upshot of the so-called “economic miracle” of 1958–63, which had transformed the nation from a chiefly agrarian backwater into a major industrial power. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Johnson Enrichment Fund. Free

Film stills from Teorema, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

dancing skeletal formsOctober 7, Friday

Middlebury Motion Capture Lab

10:00-11:00 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Please join us for the inaugural event of the newly established Middlebury Motion Capture (MoCap) Lab, with open house and lecture demonstration with Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and MoCap lab director Scotty Hardwig. This event introduces the basics of the technology and software of motion capture data, avatar design, and more. The lab is open for proposals for faculty and student research projects starting this semester. Sponsored by the Dance Program and the Fund for Innovation. Free

Pictured: Wireframe motion capture provided by Scotty Hardwig

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Lost and Found: Research on Nazi-Era Looting and Restitution at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

During WWII, artwork was displaced on an unprecedented scale, both destroyed during conflict and looted by soldiers and civilians alike. This lecture by Victoria Reed, Monica S. Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the process of research and documentation of seizures, thefts, and losses in Europe between 1933 and 1945. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Johnson Enrichment Fund, Museum Studies Gift Fund, and the Department of History. Free

Victoria Reed, photo MFA, Boston

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Cocoon

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

Inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, Cocoon is a special evening of true stories told live without notes. This year’s theme: revelation. This fourth-annual community-wide event is presented by the Middlebury Moth-Up in partnership with the Mahaney Center for the Arts. A reception with the storytellers follows. Sponsored by the Committee on the Arts and Ross Commons. The program is approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes including 1 intermission Tickets: Public $12, College ID holders $10, Students $6.

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Anomalisa

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In this animated feature, an inspirational speaker becomes reinvigorated after meeting a lively woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who shakes up his mundane existence. “Anomalisa’s existence is a minor miracle on multiple levels, from the Kickstarter campaign that funded it to the way the film creeps up on you, transitioning into something warm, human, and surprisingly tender”—Peter Debruge, Variety. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Charles Kaufman, USA, 2016, 90 minutes) Free

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Legends of Kintamani

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

The Vermont premiere of Legends of Kintamani—a new cello concerto by Middlebury Professor of Music Su Lian Tan—is a unique collaboration with the Digital Liberal Arts (DLA) Initiative, cellist Darrett Adkins, and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra (BCO), with guest conductor Evan Bennett.  Accompanied by projection of large animated murals of mythical Bali produced by Middlebury students in the DLA Initiative’s Animation Studio, the five-movement storytelling form depicts a return to a more innocent time, where mythology and reality combine in fairy tales. The BCO will also perform Béla Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances and César Franck's Quatre Pieces Brèves (Four Short Pieces) under the baton of orchestra director Yutaka Kono. Pre-concert panel discussion with Tan and artists from the project, 7:00 PM in Room 125. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, DLA Initiative, and the Committee on the Arts. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. Tickets: Public $20, College ID holders $15, Students $6.

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saloon drawingOctober 9, Sunday (through October 13)

Your Eye is an Obscure Camera

9:00 AM–noon, 1:30 – 5:00 PM, and 7:00–10:00 PM; Johnson Memorial Building , Room 308

Drawing lab with Viennese painter, Gerlind Zeilner, and students in ART0200, ART0185, and ART0159. Participants draw from observation in various locations, indoors and out. Drawings from the lab will also result in a collaborative animation. Open to all; no previous drawing experience needed. Join us whenever you can and as often as you like. Materials will be provided. Please refer to postings on the communication board on the door of Room 308. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

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Freud’s Colors: Design and Psychology in 19th-Century Vienna

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

Lecture by Eric Anderson, assistant professor of art history, Rhode Island School of Design. Sigmund Freud’s Vienna office has long been recognized as a site of intellectual revolution and an emblem of modernism. This talk considers the iconic space somewhat differently, linking materiality and color to scientific theories of vision and the mind. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Johnson Enrichment Fund. Free

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Please Touch the Art: Perspectives from the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum

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

Sanchita Balachandran, curator/conservator of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, discusses recent projects where undergraduate students worked hands-on with ancient art from the museum’s collection. Recent courses such as Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics and Technical Examination of Roman Egyptian Mummy Portraits have given students the opportunity to interact closely with the objects of the ancient world, and to consider the ancient people who made and used them. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Johnson Enrichment Fund, Museum Studies Gift Fund,  Middlebury College Museum of Art, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Free

male headshot an silver bulletOctober 20, Thursday

Bala Loca

4:30 PM, Dana Auditorium

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture David Miranda Hardy presents episode one of his recently released TV series Bala Loca (Stray Bullet). The show finished airing in September in CHV, a Turner-owned Chilean network, to critical acclaim. Professor Jason Mittell will moderate a discussion with Hardy. Bala Loca centers on Mauro Murillo, a 50 year old journalist with a past as an investigative reporter during the Chilean dictatorship. When his star reporter dies as a bystander of a supermarket robbery, Murillo suspects foul play, triggering a whodunit that explores the ailments of contemporary Chilean Society. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture. Free

October 20, Thursday

Nakamura Hiroshi: Art and Political Crises in Postwar Japan

4:30 PM, Robert A. Jones House, Conference Room

Lecture by Namiko Kunimoto, Assistant Professor of Japanese Art History, the Ohio State University. This presentation explores the artwork of Nakamura Hiroshi (b. 1932) in terms of gender, nation, and political contention in postwar Japan. An examination of Nakamura’s oeuvre shows how he negotiated the shifting political spectrum through a gendered lens that constructed the male body as a site of labor, struggle, and active movement. Sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Academic Enrichment Fund, East Asian Studies Program, and the Departments of History, History of Art and Architecture, and Japanese Studies. Free

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Pre-performance Dinner

6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Before settling into Robison Hall for an evening of chamber music by the Belcea Quartet, join fellow concertgoers for a delicious, seasonal meal. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner, seated family style. Meal tickets: $30; cash bar

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Belcea Quartet

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

Although the Belcea Quartet was founded at the Royal College of Music in London over 20 years ago, they “still play like a young quartet, seizing the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo”—The Guardian. The quartet returns to perform a program of Brahms and Schubert quartets, including Death and the Maiden. This Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from Olin C. Robison. Part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series. Reserved seating. The program is approximately 2 hours including 1 intermission. Tickets: Public $25, College ID holders $20, Students $6.

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Photo Ronald Knappnew

CD jacket with CDOctober 20-22, Thursday-Saturday

21st Annual First Year Show: Savage+Love

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

Rebecca Martin ’04.5 directs a night of one-acts by Sam Shepard, with a cast of first-year Middlebury College students.  Please enjoy this annual Theatre Program tradition!  Tickets: $5

 

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Video Ergo Sum: On Campus and Beyond

12:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre and Lower Lobby

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Emmie Donadio surveys the museum’s collection of art, seen and unseen. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art, sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders

Peter Campus (American, b. 1937), Island from the series Video Ergo Sum, 1999, digital video with LCD monitor and player. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Photography, Film, and Video Acquisition Fund, 2002.023.

October 21, Friday

Music for 10 Strings

Dayve Huckett, guitar and voice; Art Dequasie, double bass

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

The Department of Music presents this concert of music ranging from Birdland to the Beatles, and from originals to classics. Free

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Jauja

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Danish Captain Gunnar Dinesen leads a band of men assigned to kill Aboriginals in Argentina’s desert. During his sojourn there, his daughter runs off with a young soldier, causing him to take off in pursuit. “Jauja is a rapturously bizarre movie that resists knowledge. That’s its secret, intoxicating power; the less you understand, the more mesmerized you are”––Bilge Ebiri, Vulture. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina/Denmark, 2014, 109 minutes) Free

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Champlain Philharmonic with Gareth Cordery

4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Under the baton of guest conductor Matthew LaRocca '02, the Champlain Philharmonic presents an evening of music of the great Russian masters. Featuring Middlebury College student Gareth Cordery ’20 performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. The program also includes works by Prokofiev and Borodin. Tickets: $15/10/5

woman dancing on bridgeOctober 26, Wednesday

Dance Master Class with Anna Rokafella Garcia

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

Since the resurgence of breaking, locking, and popping in the Hip-Hop mainstream, Anna Rokafella Garcia has 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 their Hip-Hop theater directorial debut with “Soular Power’d” at Broadway’s New Victory Theater, to rave reviews. Sponsored by the Dance Program, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Chellis House, Women's Resource Center. Free

twitterature poster with birdOctober 27, Thursday

Media Aesthetics and Small Form: From Calendar Tale to Digital Microblogging

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

This talk by Fabian Goppelsröder asks, what influence does the calendar exert on the short stories published in it? To what extent is the newspaper responsible for the peculiar poetics of the so-called fait divers, the three-line memo of little scandals from across the street? And what exactly turns a tweet into twitterature? Goppelsröder studied philosophy and history in Berlin and Paris and got his PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. Currently he is a Feodor-Lynen-Fellow at the Department of Germanic Languages at University of Chicago. Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Department of German, and the Comparative Literature Program. Free

dancer posed in headstand on brooklyn birdgeOctober 27, Thursday

Ana ROKAFELLA Garcia: Breakdance/Original Hip Hop Dance Styles Presentation

4:30-6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Ana ROKAFELLA Garcia is a pioneering feminist breakdancer, co-founder of Full Circle Productions, and faculty member at The New School and Peridance Capezio Center in New York. In this presentation, she discusses the rise of hip hop and the culture of New York’s dance clubs from the time of Keith Haring to the present.  Offered in conjunction with the exhibition POST POP: Prints of Keith Haring. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art , Dance Program, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Chellis House, Women's Resource Center. Free

 

 

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The Antigone Project

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

Richard Romagnoli directs this prologue and five short plays, four of which were written by women playwrights of color. Each takes a spin on the original Greek tragedy about a young woman who defies the state to uphold a religious principle—the unwritten law of the gods—condemning herself to death. Not tragedies in the classical sense, these contemporary plays are sometimes broadly comical, serious, and warmly human. Post-performance talkback with the artists on Friday. Sponsored by the Theatre ProgramTickets: Public $12, College ID holders $10, Students $6; on sale October 10

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dancers and farmersOctober 28, Friday 

Roots of Movement: Land Based Dance

3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Join collaborators from the Roots of Movement project for an informal performance and pizza. The collaborators perform their reflective explorations, drawing upon their creative research considering body, movement, land, place, and sustainability. Many modes of inquiry inform the work, including interviews conducted with farmers in the U.S. and abroad, participation in creative residencies and workshops at art farms in Vermont and Oregon, and sharing meals and dialogue with entrepreneurs and directors of nonprofit organizations who connect the arts and work with the land. Following the performance, stay to talk with the artists and enjoy warm beverages and pizza. Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Residency, Environmental Council of Middlebury College, MiddChallenge, and Middlebury College Farm. Free 

 

closeup of woman seatedOctober 28, Friday

A Discussion with Julia Gruen, Executive Director of the Keith Haring Foundation

12:15 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Gallery

Join us in the exhibition POST POP: Prints of Keith Haring as curators Emmie Donadio and Chris Murray interview Julia Gruen, Haring's long-time friend and studio manager since 1984. Gruen has actively promoted Haring's art and the philanthropic activity of the Haring Foundation since its inauguration and her appointment as its director in 1989. Her knowledge of Haring as a visionary artist, celebrity, and force for political and social change is unequalled. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Free

Photo John Jonas Gruen

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45 Years

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

One week before Kate Mercer’s (Charlotte Rampling) 45th wedding anniversary, a letter arrives for her husband (Tom Courtenay) with shattering news that promises to change the course of their lives forever. “A quietly explosive film, a potent drama with a nuanced feel for subtlety and emotional complications”—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Andrew Haigh, UK, 2015, 95 minutes) Free

symphonyofwhalesOctober 30, Sunday

VSO String Quartet: Halloween Family Concert

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

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s quartet presents a musical narration of Steve Schuch’s book, A Symphony of Whales, inspired by the true story about whales stranded in the Siberian Sea and the heroic efforts to free them. Music plays a key role in the rescue, and the concert audience becomes part of the recovery. The quartet also plays special spooky Halloween selections. Costumes encouraged and treats provided. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Tickets: $8 adults; $6 seniors and children; $24 families (up to 4 people).

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