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“Figures of Speech” Dance Concert Takes the Stage December 5–6

November 19, 2013

Middlebury College Seniors Adeline Cleveland ’13.5 and Amy Donahue ’13.5 Present Their Thesis Choreographic Work


Middlebury, VT—Middlebury College seniors Adeline Cleveland ’13.5 and Amy Donahue ’13.5 will perform their choreographic thesis work in a joint concert entitled “Figures of Speech” on December 5 and 6 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Cleveland and Donahue’s distinct approaches to movement will converge in one evening of diverse solo and group work, presented in a reconfigured performance space. Their dances explore self-expression, communication, and embodiment.


Dance major Adeline Cleveland will perform two solos in the evening-length concert. In her self-choreographed solo, she sources her movement through an investigation of balance between body and mind. She draws on intrinsic knowledge of the focused body in order to listen deeply to movement impulses. The resulting work is an exploration of authentic movement, improvisation, and contemplative practice. The second of Cleveland’s two solos is choreographed by Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown. During her collaboration with Brown, Cleveland focused on maintaining a feeling of authenticity while adapting to a new and different movement style. Taken together, the two solos embody the dynamic communication between mind and muscle.

Amy Donahue, a sociology and dance double major, will present original work that pushes past her previously identified physical and creative limits. Her septet, duet, and solo choreography demonstrate a demanding level of physicality, sourced by focusing on female identity and sexuality in the mid-twentieth century. Basing her movement research around an interest in embodied history, Donahue explores the various ways that the past informs how she leads her life today. Dancers Sarah Briggs ’14.5, Jill Moshman ’14, Liilia Namsing ’16, Rachel Nuñez ’14, Annie Powers ’15, Sarae Snyder ’15, and Meredith White ’15 join her in an artistic recollection of subversive female power, culminating in a multimedia display that explores how that which confines us can also liberate us.


Cleveland and Donahue’s work is unified by their shared interest in communication. Whether their exchange is between the mind and the body, or between the past and the present, both student-artists have developed work that depicts authentic embodiment of these lines of communication. Entering new choreographic territory by challenging their perceived personal limitations, Cleveland and Donahue create a dynamic and energetic atmosphere in which to investigate space, time, movement, and identity.

The Senior Dance Concert “Figures of Speech” will take place on Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, 2013, at 8:00 P.M. each evening, in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. (Please note the Thursday–Friday schedule differs from the typical Friday–Saturday dance concert schedule.) The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to


Photos by Alan Kimara Dixon

Mahaney Center for the Arts
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
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