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Mahaney Center for the Arts Announces 25th Anniversary Season

April 22, 2019

2017-18 Year Kicks Off with Vertical Dance Company BANDALOOP

Middlebury, VT—This September, Middlebury College’s Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary with a diverse and exciting array of concerts, plays, exhibitions, dance performances, films, and more. As the busiest visual and performing arts facility in Addison County, the Mahaney Center serves as a hub of arts activity for both the College and the surrounding communities. We invite the community to celebrate with us all season long. A highlight of the 2017–2018 season is a kickoff weekend with vertical dance company BANDALOOP September 15–16.



A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. The company combines contemporary dance with climbing technology to create perspective-bending aerial dances. Audiences may remember BANDALOOP’s spectacular performance at Middlebury in 2004. The company returns to Middlebury in September to kick off the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ 25th anniversary season.

In addition to workshops and master classes for Middlebury College students, BANDALOOP will offer three public performances at the Mahaney Center for the Arts plaza on Saturday, September 16 at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM (please check in case of inclement weather). Middlebury College alumnus Mark Stuver ’97.5, artistic associate for BANDALOOP, will offer a public career talk on Friday, September 15 at 12:15 PM in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre. BANDALOOP’s activities at Middlebury are supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts, and are free.



The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series has a strong history of presenting the finest in chamber music, a tradition that will continue throughout the 2017–18 season. Highlights include the Danish String Quartet playing works by Bartók and Beethoven, and arrangements of traditional Nordic folk tunes (October 7); an encore appearance by the world’s most recognizable a cappella ensemble, The King’s Singers (November 3); and the Grammy-nominated woodwind ensemble Imani Winds (December 1).

The Performing Arts Series also reaches beyond classical music, with world arts events like the multi-national dance theater company Baker & Tarpaga, hailing from Burkina Faso and Philadelphia, and traveling with the West African Dafra Kura Band (September 26–30); Iranian-Canadian musical duo Moody Amiri (March 10); and dynamic Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his quartet “Banquet of the Spirits” (May 5). The acclaimed New York city-based theater company Bedlam will also appear on the Performing Arts Series, with riveting, stripped-down productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (March 2) and Shaw’s Saint Joan (March 3). Saxophonist and singer Grace Kelly, a regular on the Late Show, leads a rollicking jazz concert February 16. American fiddler Jeremy Kittel of Turtle Island Quartet and A Prairie Home Companion fame will treat audiences to a concert of American roots April 13.

Tickets go on sale September 14 (with earlier dates for Performing Arts Series Society members and Middlebury College ID card holders) at (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or



The Middlebury College Museum of Art, also celebrating its 25th anniversary in its present location, has curated an engaging season of exhibitions and events for visitors in 2017-18. Ongoing exhibitions of Ancient Mediterranean and Early European Art, European and American Art, and Asian Art are drawn from the museum’s impressive permanent collection.

Seasonal exhibitions include Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment (September 15–December 10), a comprehensive survey presenting some 70 images through the lens of environmental appreciation, concern, or activism. The winter brings 10 Years: The Cameron Print Project (January 9–April 29), highlighting works produced in collaboration with artists Mark Dion, Derrick Adams, Tomas Vu, Kati Heck, Rona Yefman, and others in conjunction with the Studio Art program. Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art (January 26–April 22) is drawn from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, founded to enhance the appreciation of art from Latin America, This exhibition reveals the great wealth of the region from the late 17th century until the 1820s.

The popular Fridays at the Museum series continues this year, with free programs on Fridays at 12:30 PM, with knowledgeable speakers, faculty-led talks, and hands-on activities.

The Museum is open Tuesdays–Sundays year round, and admission is free. Check the museum website ( ) for hours and event listings.



The Dance program will feature work by alumni, students, and faculty this season. The Alumni Showing (November 16) will welcome back recent graduates to perform excerpts from their latest creative work. The Fall Dance Concert (December 1–2) will showcase emerging student choreographers and the annual Newcomer’s Piece, choreographed this year by Artist in Residence Julian Barnett. This year’s Faculty Dance Concert (April 19) will feature samples of work by Barnett, Dance Chair Christal Brown, and Assistant Professor Laurel Jenkins.

The Dance Company of Middlebury, always a highlight, will perform a new piece entitled Native + Stranger on January 26–27. This interdisciplinary exploration of individuality, place, acquisition, lineage, and the construction of identity is directed by Christal Brown, collaborating with Rulan Tangen, artistic director of Dancing Earth.

Tickets to Dance Program shows go on sale two weeks prior to opening night.



The Hirschfield International Film Series continues its tradition of presenting acclaimed foreign and independent films on Saturdays throughout the year at 3:00 and 8:00 PM at Dana Auditorium. The Series opens on September 16 with the Oscar and Golden Globe winning film Moonlight, chronicling the life of a gay African American man from his troubled childhood to adulthood in a rough area of Miami.

Other notable films are acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s mother-and daughter tale Julieta (November 11), the 2016 documentary I Am Not Your Negro (November 18), based on an unfinished book by James Baldwin and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson; and Pablo Larraín’s bio-drama Neruda (April 7), following an inspector on the hunt for the famous Chilean leftist poet-politician in the 1940s. Screenings are free of charge.



The Department of Music will feature concerts by its many excellent student ensembles throughout the coming year, including the 80-voice Middlebury College Community Chorus (November 18–19 and May 13); the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble (November 29 and May 1); big band The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble (December 2 and May 4); student vocal recitals ranging from operatic arias to showtunes (December 9, March 17, and May 12); and the Middlebury College Choir (March 18).

Professor Emeritus Emory Fanning will perform a much-anticpated 50th anniversary concert on Mead Chapel’s magnificent Gress-Miles organ on October 1.

The eighth annual Bach Festival will take place April 27–29, with concerts and activities across all three days. Highlights include a performance of St. John’s Passion on April 28.

Most Music Department events are free and open to the public.

Beyond the Music Department, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra returns to Middlebury with its Made in Vermont Festival tour concert on September 23. Internationally renowned violinist Pamela Frank will join her longtime friend and colleague, VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo, in a program as colorful as Vermont’s famous fall foliage.



The Studio Art Program welcomes Cameron Visiting Artist Brian Novatny for a public talk on October 3. Novatny is an innovative artist, equally at home with painting and drawing, with a remarkable approach to mark-marking, line, and materiality. His work has been exhibited across the country, from Miami Beach to Sonoma, New York, Tuscaloosa, Atlanta, and Knoxville; and internationally from China to Germany. In addition to his talk, Novatny will also lead a four-day, intensive drawing lab open to on- and off-campus participants October 2–5 at the Johnson Building.

Imaginative and provocative exhibitions of student work are always a strong part of the Studio Arts season. The year begins with Portraits of Power (September 11–18), featuring dynamic, large-scale paintings and ceramic assemblages that convey visions of who and what students think is powerful in their lives. Later exhibitions include Silkscreen Prints (November 28–December 5); Landscape Re-Imagined: The Autumn Campus (January 9–15); and Scratching the Surface: Intaglio Prints (April 17–24). These exhibitions are presented in the Johnson Building, and are free and open to the public.



The Department of History of Art and Architecture presents a public talk by photographer Jane Fulton Alt on September 15. She will discuss her project The Burn, for which she photographed controlled burns conducted by ecologists on the Illinois prairie, as well as her latest project Fire and Water. Marlon Blackwell of the University of Arkansas will speak on “The Sacred and the Secular” October 17. Working outside the architectural mainstream, his architecture is based in design strategies that draw upon vernaculars, typologies, and the contradictions of place.

These talks are free and open to the public.



The Theatre program’s mainstage season opens with David Mamet’s dark comedy Glengarry Glen Ross (October 26–28.) Professor Richard Romagnoli will direct an all-female cast playing desperate, funny, conniving real estate salespeople who must make their quotas or risk losing their jobs.

Associate Professor Alex Draper ’88 will direct the second show, Middletown (November 20–December 2.) In this play by Will Eno, the strange beauty of life and its sometimes unbearable weight are considered with a screwball lyricism. Tickets to Theatre Program shows go on sale two weeks prior to opening night.





Full season listings are available at For more information, or to request a 2017–2018 Arts Calendar, call 802.443.3168 or email



Image captions:

BANDALOOP, photo Bob Handelman

Danish String Quartet, photo Caroline Bittencourt

Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, photo Mark Simpson

(Land and Lens) James Balog, Greenland Ice Sheet, 28 June 2009, Adam LeWinter Surveys Birthday Canyon, 2009, chromogenic color print on paper. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund. 2015.006

Dance Alumni Showing: Cameron McKinney ’14, photo Paula Court, courtesy of Gibney Dance

Hirschfield International Film Series: Moonlight

The Sound investment Jazz Ensemble: photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

Organist Emory Fanning (no photo credit)

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Pamela Frank, photo Nicolas Lieber; Jaime Laredo, photo Christian Steiner

Artwork by Cameron Visiting Artist Brian Novatny

Jane Fulton Alt (b. 1951), The Burn No. 74, 2009, archival inkjet print. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund. 2016.83.

Middletown, presented by the Middlebury College Theatre Program November 20-December 2, 2017

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