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Middlebury Dance Program Presents “Kinetic Potential” Nov. 21–22

November 4, 2014

Fall Dance Concert Includes Original Works by Students and Faculty

Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present the Fall Dance Concert “Kinetic Potential” on November 21 and 22 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Five individual dances created by Middlebury dance students and faculty will add up to a multidisciplinary evening of work spanning the choreographers’ diverse interests. Together, the five works will explore a wide array of thematic ideas including anxiety, beauty, loss, multimedia performance, and pure physicality.

Four of the new works have been choreographed by students enrolled in this fall’s advanced choreography course under the direction of dance program chair Christal Brown. First up is Afi Yellow-Duke ’15, whose quartet entitled “An Exercise In…” explores the relationship between movement and anxiety. Next is Stevie Durocher ’15.5, who challenges the falsified portrayals of beauty in children’s literature with her trio “The Lies They Tell Our Daughters.” In his quintet “Cast,” Doug LeCours ’15 deals with the millennial adolescent’s relationship to loss and the radical potential of ritual. In her solo “Until Further Notice,” Sarae Snyder ’15 explores partnering and weight sharing with an inanimate object through a multimedia illustration of the relationship between presence and absence. The work of these four students will live on after the concert; they will all expand upon these explorations for their senior work to be performed in May 2015.

The final work in the Fall Dance Concert is the annual newcomers’ piece, choreographed this year by Artist in Residence Scotty Hardwig. This premiere will bring four new dancers together for their Middlebury College debut. Entitled “blood pumps heart,” the piece is a highly physical study in movement invention and raw kinetics. From a choreographic exploration based on random number generation, four dancers are challenged to define their inner landscapes through structure, tension, and pure physicality.

The Fall Dance Concert “Kinetic Potential” will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, 2014, at 8:00 P.M. each evening in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. 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. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to



Photo caption:

Middlebury College dancers Sarae Snyder ’15, Afi Yellow-Duke ’15, Stevie Durocher ’15.5, and Doug LeCours ’15 in the Fall Dance Concert Nov. 21-22 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

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