2016-17 Theater & Dance Events

Performances are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are recommended. Please call our box office at (413) 542-2277 to reserve tickets.

Thu, Mar 2, 2017

Five College Dance Concert

The concert features Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures. Long-time company members Jennifer Nugent and Shayla-Vie Jenkins, both of whom had leading roles in the original production, served as rehearsal directors.

Deborah Goffe (Assistant Professor/Hampshire College), presents debate, a duet in which the three-piece suit is donned as modern armor, the throne-like chair reminds us of the struggle to claim place, choice, and power, and the viewer emerges as a potential ally who may be won to either side.

Leslie Frye Maietta’s (Visiting Artist/UMass) waist deep takes us on a journey to worlds of in between…between knowing and unknowing, masked and unmasked, finding a groove and losing it. It is a relationship in relation. It is the wilderness.

Lengen/Sinte' is an original African dance choreography by Marilyn Sylla (Five College Lecturer in Dance). This festive, vibrantly colorful ensemble work features an all-female, intergenerational, ethnically diverse cast of dancers and drummers.

Angie Hauser (Assistant Professor/Smith College) draws on a variety of images and narratives from specific moments throughout her performing career to create a new choreography for eleven women. Working in collaboration with individual performers on specific narratives, she weaves together a group tapestry of memory, image and action.

The concert concludes with Nudge, a new work from Swiss-Canadian choreographer Kinsun Chan (Guest Artist/Mount Holyoke College). Working with a cast of five college dancers, Chan draws inspiration from the musical compositions of Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent to create a large ensemble dance notable for its feline dynamism and striking visual designs.

The concert also includes two new video installation works. In the lobby, The Silk Room by Rodger Blum (Professor/Smith College), explores the relationship between light, movement, and textile. Video is passed through successive layers of hand-dyed silk fabric and the light is absorbed, energizing the dancing and textiles. At first glance, the dancing image appears to decay in the rear fabric layers, but the body reemerges, remade and timeless. Jim Coleman’s (Professor/Mount Holyoke College) video dance sequences will be projected on the exterior facade of the theater.

Fri, Mar 3, 2017

Five College Dance Concert

The concert features Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures. Long-time company members Jennifer Nugent and Shayla-Vie Jenkins, both of whom had leading roles in the original production, served as rehearsal directors.

Deborah Goffe (Assistant Professor/Hampshire College), presents debate, a duet in which the three-piece suit is donned as modern armor, the throne-like chair reminds us of the struggle to claim place, choice, and power, and the viewer emerges as a potential ally who may be won to either side.

Leslie Frye Maietta’s (Visiting Artist/UMass) waist deep takes us on a journey to worlds of in between…between knowing and unknowing, masked and unmasked, finding a groove and losing it. It is a relationship in relation. It is the wilderness.

Lengen/Sinte' is an original African dance choreography by Marilyn Sylla (Five College Lecturer in Dance). This festive, vibrantly colorful ensemble work features an all-female, intergenerational, ethnically diverse cast of dancers and drummers.

Angie Hauser (Assistant Professor/Smith College) draws on a variety of images and narratives from specific moments throughout her performing career to create a new choreography for eleven women. Working in collaboration with individual performers on specific narratives, she weaves together a group tapestry of memory, image and action.

The concert concludes with Nudge, a new work from Swiss-Canadian choreographer Kinsun Chan (Guest Artist/Mount Holyoke College). Working with a cast of five college dancers, Chan draws inspiration from the musical compositions of Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent to create a large ensemble dance notable for its feline dynamism and striking visual designs.

The concert also includes two new video installation works. In the lobby, The Silk Room by Rodger Blum (Professor/Smith College), explores the relationship between light, movement, and textile. Video is passed through successive layers of hand-dyed silk fabric and the light is absorbed, energizing the dancing and textiles. At first glance, the dancing image appears to decay in the rear fabric layers, but the body reemerges, remade and timeless. Jim Coleman’s (Professor/Mount Holyoke College) video dance sequences will be projected on the exterior facade of the theater.

Sat, Mar 4, 2017

Five College Dance Concert

The concert features Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures. Long-time company members Jennifer Nugent and Shayla-Vie Jenkins, both of whom had leading roles in the original production, served as rehearsal directors.

Deborah Goffe (Assistant Professor/Hampshire College), presents debate, a duet in which the three-piece suit is donned as modern armor, the throne-like chair reminds us of the struggle to claim place, choice, and power, and the viewer emerges as a potential ally who may be won to either side.

Leslie Frye Maietta’s (Visiting Artist/UMass) waist deep takes us on a journey to worlds of in between…between knowing and unknowing, masked and unmasked, finding a groove and losing it. It is a relationship in relation. It is the wilderness.

Lengen/Sinte' is an original African dance choreography by Marilyn Sylla (Five College Lecturer in Dance). This festive, vibrantly colorful ensemble work features an all-female, intergenerational, ethnically diverse cast of dancers and drummers.

Angie Hauser (Assistant Professor/Smith College) draws on a variety of images and narratives from specific moments throughout her performing career to create a new choreography for eleven women. Working in collaboration with individual performers on specific narratives, she weaves together a group tapestry of memory, image and action.

The concert concludes with Nudge, a new work from Swiss-Canadian choreographer Kinsun Chan (Guest Artist/Mount Holyoke College). Working with a cast of five college dancers, Chan draws inspiration from the musical compositions of Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent to create a large ensemble dance notable for its feline dynamism and striking visual designs.

The concert also includes two new video installation works. In the lobby, The Silk Room by Rodger Blum (Professor/Smith College), explores the relationship between light, movement, and textile. Video is passed through successive layers of hand-dyed silk fabric and the light is absorbed, energizing the dancing and textiles. At first glance, the dancing image appears to decay in the rear fabric layers, but the body reemerges, remade and timeless. Jim Coleman’s (Professor/Mount Holyoke College) video dance sequences will be projected on the exterior facade of the theater.

Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Reimagining the Greeks: Contemporary and Cross-Cultural Approaches to Greek Tragedy

Greek tragedies were perceived, not until long ago, as the cradle and exclusive "natural property" of the civilized West. And yet, these plays are being used as source material by artists from various media, cultures, and continents. These artists see the Greek Tragedies as a cultural, canonical asset of the entire human civilization, an asset of universal questions and dilemmas, which despite being written 2,500 years ago, are still relevant for and occupy the minds of men in the 21st century.

This three day conference will explore how contemporary artists and scholars from various disciplines and media approach Greek Tragedies. Each day of the conference will be devoted to a different culture/ geographic region, and its dialogue with Greek tragedies. The first day will focus on Japan, the second on Nigeria and South Africa, and the third on The United States.

The conference aspires to create a dialogue between the scholarly research and the artistic practice. Hence, the discussions and panels of each day will be intertwined with workshops, open to audience participation and professional artists. In these workshops, we will explore how we can draw inspiration from various techniques and styles, in order to explore new ways of working with the Greek tragedies.

Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Reimagining the Greeks: Contemporary and Cross-Cultural Approaches to Greek Tragedy

Greek tragedies were perceived, not until long ago, as the cradle and exclusive "natural property" of the civilized West. And yet, these plays are being used as source material by artists from various media, cultures, and continents. These artists see the Greek Tragedies as a cultural, canonical asset of the entire human civilization, an asset of universal questions and dilemmas, which despite being written 2,500 years ago, are still relevant for and occupy the minds of men in the 21st century.

This three day conference will explore how contemporary artists and scholars from various disciplines and media approach Greek Tragedies. Each day of the conference will be devoted to a different culture/ geographic region, and its dialogue with Greek tragedies. The first day will focus on Japan, the second on Nigeria and South Africa, and the third on The United States.

The conference aspires to create a dialogue between the scholarly research and the artistic practice. Hence, the discussions and panels of each day will be intertwined with workshops, open to audience participation and professional artists. In these workshops, we will explore how we can draw inspiration from various techniques and styles, in order to explore new ways of working with the Greek tragedies.

Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Reimagining the Greeks: Contemporary and Cross-Cultural Approaches to Greek Tragedy

Greek tragedies were perceived, not until long ago, as the cradle and exclusive "natural property" of the civilized West. And yet, these plays are being used as source material by artists from various media, cultures, and continents. These artists see the Greek Tragedies as a cultural, canonical asset of the entire human civilization, an asset of universal questions and dilemmas, which despite being written 2,500 years ago, are still relevant for and occupy the minds of men in the 21st century.

This three day conference will explore how contemporary artists and scholars from various disciplines and media approach Greek Tragedies. Each day of the conference will be devoted to a different culture/ geographic region, and its dialogue with Greek tragedies. The first day will focus on Japan, the second on Nigeria and South Africa, and the third on The United States.

The conference aspires to create a dialogue between the scholarly research and the artistic practice. Hence, the discussions and panels of each day will be intertwined with workshops, open to audience participation and professional artists. In these workshops, we will explore how we can draw inspiration from various techniques and styles, in order to explore new ways of working with the Greek tragedies.

Thu, Apr 6, 2017

Visible and Invisible: Lauren Horn's Senior Thesis

Fri, Apr 7, 2017

Visible and Invisible: Lauren Horn's Senior Thesis

Sat, Apr 8, 2017

Visible and Invisible: Lauren Horn's Senior Thesis

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Fri, Apr 28, 2017

 
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Reservations are recommended for performances in Studio 3 and in the Holden Theater. Reservations can be made by calling the box office up to two weeks prior to opening night at 413.542.2277.