We're very excited to present a jam-packed roster of events for the Spring semester here at Amherst College. This semester, many of our events are designed with a focus on building community within and beyond campus, including interactions with alumni, local artists, and artists working with issues of social justice.
"Lapsing into Democracy": Un(der)speaking Theatre in the Transitional State
Lecture. Professor Mark Fleishman of the University of Capetown, founder of Magnet Theater, will discuss the relationship between theater and human rights in post-apartheid South Africa. Presented by the Mosaic: the Five College Multicultural Theater Committee.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4:00 pm, Stirn Auditorium
Arts after Amherst weekend
Performance. Alumni of Amherst and the Five Colleges return to campus to present a cross-media showcase of performances.
Friday & Saturday, Feb. 1 & 2, 8:00 pm, Kirby Theater. Free, no reservations required.
Career fair. Students are invited to attend an arts-focused career fair, which will include a panel and small group discussions with alumni of Amherst and the Five Colleges.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 12 pm - 4 pm, Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons
Exhibit. Drawings by Ellen Driscoll, exploring resource consumption and our material lineage.
Eli Marsh Gallery, Feb. 4-22
Lecture. Margaret Cogswell discusses her installation work, which explores the interdependency of people, industry, and rivers. In celebration of the opening of Ellen Driscoll’s exhibit.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 4:30 Pruyne Lecture Hall
Performance. A new critically-acclaimed dance work, directed and choreographed by Copeland fellow Idan Cohen. In a richly sensuous visual environment punctuated by the music of Mozart's piano sonatas, the piece addresses contemporary issues of human migration, and how we experience a lack of understanding towards what is different. This performance will feature a new installation, “Nesting”, developed in collaboration with Five College students.
Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 pm & Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 pm, Kirby Theater
Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)
Film. A feature film based on the director Tareque Masud's childhood experience in a madrasah in rural East Pakistan during the turbulent struggle for Bangladeshi independence. Produced & edited by Copeland fellow Catherine Masud.
Friday, Feb. 22, 4:30 pm, Stirn Auditorium
Strangeness and Healing
Lecture. Playwright & puppeteer Erik Ehn discusses experimental art practices which use strange or unknowable images & texts to address trauma and recover historical memory, specifically touching on his own work in Noh Theater.
Sunday, Feb. 24, 4:30 PM, Pruyne Lecture Hall
Art, Community, & Social Justice Symposium
Ping Chong: All Islands Connect Under Water (CANCELLED)
Thursday Feb 28, 4:30 PM, Kirby Memorial Theater
"Art and the Community"
Panel Discussion. With Ping Chong, Amie Dowling, Greg Mathew & others.
Friday, March 1, 4:30 PM Cole Assembly Room (aka The Red Room), Converse Hall
"Amie Dowling: Performing Arts & Community Exchange"
Workshop. Designed for participants who are interested in merging activism, performance and teaching. In this experiential workshop, writing, movement, and theatre exercises will be introduced that can lead to collaborative creative work with men and women who are, or have been, incarcerated. This interactive workshop is open to all students. Space is limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Saturday March 2, 10 AM - 1 PM, Webster Hall
"Ping Chong & Company: Intro to Socially Engaged Theater"
Workshop. Ping Chong & Company offers a workshop exploring techniques used in their interview-based theater project, the Undesirable Elements series. Participants will work with artists from Ping Chong + Company to learn methods of gathering stories within specific communities. This interactive workshop is open to all students. Space is limited. Please email email@example.com to reserve a space.
Saturday March 2, 2 PM - 5 PM, Webster Hall
An all-day festival of indoor and outdoor sound installation work around Amherst College campus, featuring the work of Eric Leonardson, Tim Eriksen, Jake Meginsky, Steph Robinson, Wendy Woodson & Phil Dupont.
Saturday March 30
A multimedia exhibit exploring the realm of physical space and place, featuring local artists from around the Pioneer Valley.
April 1 - 11, Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall.
Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon Footprint Concert
A concert featuring new works composed especially for the telematic stage. Five College jazz faculty Jason Robinson, Marty Ehrlich and Bob Weiner perform remotely via audio & video streaming with an ensemble located in San Diego: internationally-acclaimed musicians Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen, Myra Melford and Nicole Mitchell.
Friday, April 5, 10 PM, Buckley Recital Hall
Art and Fear : the perils of creativity in the 21st century.
Showing. Composer, saxophonist & Copeland fellow Matana Roberts will lead a presentation and open discussion.
Sunday April 7, 4:30 PM, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
Arts at Amherst: Faculty Collaborations
Faculty organizers of this year’s Copeland Colloquium from the departments of Theater & Dance, Music, and Art & the History of Art take the stage, collaborating on a variety of new multimedia works.
Saturday April 13, 8:00 pm, Kirby Memorial Theater
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Hope to see you around!