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Theater & Dance Events

All performances are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more arts events across campus, view the full Amherst Arts calendar

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Upcoming Events

Performance Project
November 19, 4-5:30 p.m., on Zoom
Join us on Zoom! 

Come Sit By Me
November 20, 3:00 p.m.
Please register in advance for the Zoom link!

 

September 2018

Sat, Sep 1, 2018

Dante Brown

Dance Workshop with Dante Brown

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Class begins with improvisatory exercises (either individually or in groups) and progresses to shorter technical exercises and movement phrases that include plies, footwork and floorwork. Class ends with a dynamic, communal and highly physical phrase performed with vigor – dancers moving in and out of the floor, taking risks and eating up space.

Tue, Sep 4, 2018

god's issue flyer

Auditions: "God's Issue"

Written and directed by David Green '19E, God’s Issue re-imagines the biblical stories of Adam and Eve, Jesus and others to explore the relationship between God and humankind. Funny, irreverent and deeply serious, God’s Issue is intended for a diverse cast, so religious and non-religious folk of all races and gender identities are encouraged to audition. First-year and Five-College students are especially welcome! The show includes songs, but singing ability is not needed for most roles. The 10-12 actors in God’s Issue will play multiple parts, so auditions will involve reading a variety of roles. There is no need to prepare! Come read some scenes!

Students may attend auditions on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Wed, Sep 5, 2018

ensemble performance

Auditions: Ensemble: Dancing in Community

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Ensemble: Dancing in Community is an intermediate/advanced composition course where students will collaborate to produce a full weekend showcase of their personal choreographic works. In addition to their own work, students will learn repertory from Visiting Assistant Professor Danté Brown, be immersed in a multitude of master classes from professional artists and learn the administrative/business component of being an independent artist. Students who audition must have a strong background in composition and a technique of their choosing.

Auditions will take place on September 5 and 10. Students are encouraged to attend BOTH audition dates.

god's issue flyer

Auditions: "God's Issue"

Written and directed by David Green '19E, God’s Issue re-imagines the biblical stories of Adam and Eve, Jesus and others to explore the relationship between God and humankind. Funny, irreverent and deeply serious, God’s Issue is intended for a diverse cast, so religious and non-religious folk of all races and gender identities are encouraged to audition. First-year and Five-College students are especially welcome! The show includes songs, but singing ability is not needed for most roles. The 10-12 actors in God’s Issue will play multiple parts, so auditions will involve reading a variety of roles. There is no need to prepare! Come read some scenes!

Students may attend auditions on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Fri, Sep 7, 2018

faculty dance concert

Auditions: Five College Dance Department (FCDD) Advanced Placement

Required for registration in ballet and modern/contemporary levels 5 & 6 at all campuses. Students are welcome to take both placement exams or one of the two. Schedule will be as follows:

Registration 4:00pm
Ballet 4:30 - 5:15pm
Modern/Contemporary 5:15 - 6:00pm

Four dancers in various seated positions on an otherwise bare stage

Fall Orientation Dance Concert and Dance Party

Join the theater and dance department as we us kick off the new school year with original performances by Amherst and Five College faculty members Dante Brown, Leslie Frye Maietta, Katie Martin, Jake Meginsky and Jen Polins, as well as Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC)!

A dance party for students will immediately follow in Holden Theater with D.J. Jake Meginksy. Join us for a meet-and-greet with pizza, music and dancing!

Both events are free and open to the Amherst and Five College communities. Tickets are not required.

Sat, Sep 8, 2018

Auditions: Camille A. Brown and Five College Dance Faculty

Auditions for the Camille A. Brown Dance Project and Five College faculty and guest artists choreographing during the 2018/19 academic year will audition for dancers at this event. Dancers are encouraged to arrive early and audition for as many choreographers as possible. Dancers must preregister: fivecolleges.edu/dance

10:45 - 11:15AM: Registration/Warm Ups
11:15AM - 12:45PM: Camille A. Brown Audition
1:00 - 3:00PM: Faculty Auditions
3:00 - 3:30PM: Break
3:30 - 4:30PM: Callbacks

Mon, Sep 10, 2018

ensemble performance

Auditions: Ensemble: Dancing in Community

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Ensemble: Dancing in Community is an intermediate/advanced composition course where students will collaborate to produce a full weekend showcase of their personal choreographic works. In addition to their own work, students will learn repertory from Visiting Assistant Professor Danté Brown, be immersed in a multitude of master classes from professional artists and learn the administrative/business component of being an independent artist. Students who audition must have a strong background in composition and a technique of their choosing.

Auditions will take place on September 5 and 10. Students are encouraged to attend BOTH audition dates.

Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Black-and-white closeup of Gierre Godley

Dance Master Class with Gierre Godley

A 2010 graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A.), Gierre J. Godley is a dancer, choreographer and teacher currently living in NYC. He began his training under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano. Gierre has also had the privilege of training at the Ailey School and Millikin University (B.S. in biology, dance minor). He has been on faculty at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (Los Angeles), Fancy Feet Dance Studio (Bronx, N.Y.) and the Centre for the Dansarts (Arkansas), and is currently an adjunct professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y. As a choreographer, Gierre has created works for the Steffi Nossen Dance Co., The Ailey School, Threads Dance Projects and the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble. In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all-male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has performed in various national and international venues.

This event is part of the theater and dance department's Fall 2018 Guest Artist Series.

project 44 dancers

Dance Showcase: Project 44

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

While in residency at Amherst, the men of PROJECT 44 will explore and examine memory: how is it manifested, retained and received. Inspired by Gierre J. Godley’s fleeting memories of his grandmother who passed in 1999, the work also investigates the male figure’s relationship to the matriarchs of his life. The work will premiere in December in Queens, N.Y.

This event is part of the theater and dance department's Fall 2018 Guest Artist Series. It is open to the five college community.