New Works by College Students and Faculty Take the Stage on November 30 and December 1
Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Mosaics from the Underground,” a fall concert of new works by Middlebury dance students and faculty, November 30–December 1 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. This mosaic of eleven individual dances creates an evening of work that celebrates the synthesis of disparate ideas.
The eleven experimental dance works use embodied research and discourse to connect ideas and sensations, economics and space, language and entrapment, time and ambition, and gendered expectations and assumptions. The choreographers all draw from an underground current in which questions are more important than answers, and mutual exclusivity is invited to give way to multi-faceted unity. “Mosaics from the Underground” is a dynamic whole concert, which is greater than the sum of its parts.
About the Student Choreographers
Ten student choreographers will contribute work to the performance. Davis Anderson ’13 is a dance and political science joint major, and a women’s and gender studies minor. His quartet, entitled “Fem,” explores the intersection of gender, gesture, and drag performance. This work invites the audience to consider the performed and projected ideas of femininity.
Adeline Cleveland ’13.5 is a dance major and environmental studies minor. Her work, “This Is What I Look Like from the Front,” draws attention to themes of power, control, and collaborative cooperation in art making. The dance is inspired by years of following the direction of a conductor in a musical ensemble.
Amy Donahue ’13.5 is a sociology/anthropology and dance double major with a minor in Spanish. Her trio “Deleted Scenes” examines female power during the early half of the 20th century through the allegorical lens of silent horror films from that period.
Douglas LeCours ’15 is a dance and English and American literatures joint major. His trio “Moon Country” investigates various human responses to ambition and their manifestations in the body.
Jessica Lee ’13 is a dance and environmental studies joint major and Spanish minor. Inspired by the process of embodied mapping, her trio, “Maps of Home,” examines environmental awareness and interpersonal relationships through physical and emotional place.
Cameron McKinney ’14 is a dance and Japanese joint major. His work for three dancers, “GTG: Thanks for Listening,” is a pulsating flurry of non-stop movement. “GTG: Thanks for Listening” explores the overwhelming effect of technology on modern day social interactions.
Hannah Pierce ’13 is dance major and English minor. Her work “Oppenheim Reflex” is an intricate work for one dancer and one musician who collaboratively explore the architecture of the body, a sonic landscape, and the resulting resonance of movement and sound.
Otto Pierce ’13.5 is a joint dance and environmental studies major. His piece “Brutal Perfections and Other Plays On...” both celebrates and critiques the inherent dichotomy of the fashion industry. It is a multi-media exploration of the inseparable connection between the artistry, superficiality, and deeply personal and dangerous aspects of fashion.
Annie Powers ’15 is an economics major, and a Spanish and dance minor. Power’s duet, “Burst,” questions the limits of extreme efficiency and growth. The dance combines traditionally left and right brain functions in its use of movement to express information that is usually communicated through charts and graphs.
Sarae Snyder ’15 has created “Through Vertical.” This duet, inspired by the surrealism of French writer and poet Andre Breton, explores entrapment in logic and freedom in uninhibited expression—all translated into movement through the lens of human relationship.
Annual Newcomer's Piece
The performance also includes “The Secret Life of Starbursts”—the annual Newcomer’s Piece—choreographed by faculty member Penny Campbell, senior lecturer in dance. It features four dancers who have not appeared in a dance program-sponsored concert before. Each of the students contributed movement material for the piece, which is a kind of movement poem set to music by Don Pullen and Jane Bunnett.
“Mosaics from the Underground” will be performed on Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1, 2012, both at 8:00 P.M., in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre. 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 regular admission, $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.
Pictured, from top: Hannah Pierce '13, Adeline Cleveland ’13.5, Amy Donahue ’13.5, Jessica Lee ’13, Hannah Pierce '13. Photos Alan Kimara Dixon