2019-2020 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. View the full Amherst Arts calendar here.

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  • Sept. 6: Fall Dance Concert & Dance Party
    7:30PM, Kirby Theater

  • Oct. 31-Nov 2: MEDEA by Euripides / Maki Ybarra Young’s Senior Project in Acting
    8PM, Kirby Theater

  • Nov. 6: Auditions for The Puddle Jumping Society
    7-9PM, Webster Hall Studio 2
  •  Nov. 9: Auditions for The Puddle Jumping Society
    1-4PM, Webster Hall Studio 2

  •  Nov. 14-16: PEACE IN THE HOME / MacKenzie Kugel’s Senior Project in Writing and Directing
    8PM, Holden Theater

  • Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Guest Artist Residency: Yanira Castro with a canari torsi
    Kirby Theater

  • Feb. 27-29: GOSSAMER / Sophina Flores’ Senior Project in Writing and Directing
    Holden Theater

  •  Mar. 26-28: THE PUDDLE JUMPING SOCIETY / Anna Plummer’s Senior Project in Musical Theater
    Kirby Theater

  •  Apr. 9-11: RIGHT WOMEN / Leah Woodbridge’s Senior Project in Choreography and Directing
    Holden Theater

March 2019

Sat, Mar 2, 2019

Black-and-white photo of Kayla Hamilton wearing an eyepatch and stretching a sweater over her head

Dance Master Class with Kayla Hamilton

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

This class will play with words, text and personal narratives to craft parameters to explore the relationship of these ingredients in time and space. We will cycle through creating and sharing to have moments of discussion and dialogue around what we are sensing or not sensing. We will layer sensory and textual elements into our parameters to play with how they reveal new interpretations and impact our performative presence. The dynamic pull between your intent and our interpretations will expand these explorations into multiple possibilities, heightening our senses to literary practices, 2-D or 3-D art, movement, or other artistic interests and disciplines for an embodied experience accessible to all bodies.

Kayla Hamilton is a movement artist, producer and educator originally from Texarkana, Texas, who now resides in Bronx, N.Y. Kayla earned a B.A. in dance from Texas Woman’s University and a master's degree in special education from Hunter College. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective Skeleton Architecture, or the future of our worlds, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition to Skeleton Architecture, Kayla dances with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and Maria Bauman/MBDance.

Kayla has been supported by the Paloma McGregor / Angela’s Pulse Dancing While Black Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Summer Space Grant and Dance USA Institute for Leadership Training. Under the name K. Hamilton Projects, Kayla self-produces numerous projects, organizes community events and writes arts-integrated curriculum throughout NYC. When Kayla is not dancing, she's a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law & Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea.

Part of the Spring 2019 Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund, and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

Black-and-white photo of Kayla Hamilton dancing on a city street

Dance Showcase: Kayla Hamilton

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

Nearly Sighted/unearthing the dark is a multisensory experience for the audience that delves deep into questions of what it means to see and be seen—as well as from whose lens we are doing the viewing. How do hearing and the idea of listening contrast with what is actually being heard? How is taste felt, while exploring the legacies we leave behind?

Kayla Hamilton is a movement artist, producer and educator originally from Texarkana, Texas, who now resides in Bronx, N.Y. Kayla earned a B.A. in dance from Texas Woman’s University and a master's degree in special education from Hunter College. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective Skeleton Architecture, or the future of our worlds, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition to Skeleton Architecture, Kayla dances with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and Maria Bauman/MBDance.

Kayla has been supported by the Paloma McGregor / Angela’s Pulse Dancing While Black Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Summer Space Grant and Dance USA Institute for Leadership Training. Under the name K. Hamilton Projects, Kayla self-produces numerous projects, organizes community events and writes arts-integrated curriculum throughout NYC. When Kayla is not dancing, she's a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law & Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea.

Part of the Spring 2019 Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund, and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

Wed, Mar 6, 2019

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"Brecht and Naturalism"

Join the Department of Theater and Dance for a special talk by Professor Martin Revermann (University of Toronto). Brecht’s theater, both in practice and in theory, is very much a response to Naturalism. Professor Revermann will outline key aspects of this productively antagonistic relationship: What could be wrong with Naturalism? How exactly does Brecht’s theater differ from Naturalism? How does anti-Naturalism manifest itself? Can anti-Naturalism be political at all? And is there common ground after all? Many features central to Brechtian theater will be introduced, with his plays The Life of Galileo and The Good Person of Sezuan functioning as prime case studies.

Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

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"Doctor Faustus"

The Department of Theater and Dance performs Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s harrowing play about a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil. The wildly irreverent production stars Wesley Guimarães ’19 in his senior thesis project in acting, and Maki Ybarra-Young ’20 as Mephistopheles. The show is directed by Professor Ron Bashford ’88, with set, props, costume, lighting and sound design provided by professional staff and guest artists Dedalus Wainwright, Barbara Neulinger, Sarah Woodham, Kathy Couch and Jake Meginsky. The Five College student cast also includes Samuel Hood, Max Nemhauser, Antigoni Papapostolou, Emma Ratshin, Lorelle Sang, Sebastian Son, Renz Toledo, Lindsay Turner and Jasper Wolf, stage managed by Julian Brown.

Seating is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Fri, Mar 22, 2019

"Doctor Faustus" poster

"Doctor Faustus"

The Department of Theater and Dance performs Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s harrowing play about a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil. The wildly irreverent production stars Wesley Guimarães ’19 in his senior thesis project in acting, and Maki Ybarra-Young ’20 as Mephistopheles. The show is directed by Professor Ron Bashford ’88, with set, props, costume, lighting and sound design provided by professional staff and guest artists Dedalus Wainwright, Barbara Neulinger, Sarah Woodham, Kathy Couch and Jake Meginsky. The Five College student cast also includes Samuel Hood, Max Nemhauser, Antigoni Papapostolou, Emma Ratshin, Lorelle Sang, Sebastian Son, Renz Toledo, Lindsay Turner and Jasper Wolf, stage managed by Julian Brown.

Seating is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Mar 23, 2019

"Doctor Faustus" poster

"Doctor Faustus"

The Department of Theater and Dance performs Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s harrowing play about a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil. The wildly irreverent production stars Wesley Guimarães ’19 in his senior thesis project in acting, and Maki Ybarra-Young ’20 as Mephistopheles. The show is directed by Professor Ron Bashford ’88, with set, props, costume, lighting and sound design provided by professional staff and guest artists Dedalus Wainwright, Barbara Neulinger, Sarah Woodham, Kathy Couch and Jake Meginsky. The Five College student cast also includes Samuel Hood, Max Nemhauser, Antigoni Papapostolou, Emma Ratshin, Lorelle Sang, Sebastian Son, Renz Toledo, Lindsay Turner and Jasper Wolf, stage managed by Julian Brown.

Seating is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Fri, Mar 29, 2019

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Dance Master Class with Sydnie Mosley

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

SLMDances' modern technique class pulls together a diverse set of movement practices which cultivate versatility and are grounded in the use of breath/voice, improvisation and personal choices. While I encourage dancers to be mindful in their individual technical practice, I facilitate exercises that build relationships with their fellow dancers in the space.

We begin in a circle. As we check in with our individual bodies, we also check in with one another. Make eye contact. Breathe together. We descend to the floor to focus on the development of the dancers’ alignment and core strength as a foundation for them to build upon. Here on the floor we also invert our bodies and explore how to use our hands as feet. Improvisational exercises transition us to standing center work that warms and articulates the major joints and muscle groups in the body. I build upon movement themes as the class progresses into locomotion across the floor and a major movement combination, which may include jumps and quickly moving in and out of the floor. Class comes to a close by returning to the circle and stretching the dancers’ now fully warmed bodies.

Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening-length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively.

Part of the 2019 Spring Dance Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

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Dance Showcase: Sydnie Mosley

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

PURPLE dances sisterhood; it amplifies the ways we invest in one another, we honor and celebrate each other's brilliance, and how we capture our radical joy. Each of these interactions is a small miracle. That space between women is magic. It's PURPLE, just like Auntie Alice wrote to us so many years ago. That’s where there is God. Spirit. True Love.

Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening-length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively.

In February 2017, Sydnie was recognized by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for using her talents in dance to fuel social change. Sydnie is a part of the 2017 Bessie Award-winning cast of the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Other funding and recognitions include Lincoln Center Education Manhattan Community Artist in Residence, LMCC Creative Engagement Grant, The Field Leadership Fund, CUNY Dance Initiative, Dancing While Black Artist Fellowship, The Performance Project @ University Settlement, Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project, the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training, and the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow.

Sydnie earned her M.F.A. in dance choreography from the University of Iowa and her B.A. in dance and Africana studies from Barnard College at Columbia University. She danced with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT (2010-2013) and continues to appear as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet. An advocate for the field, Sydnie sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC.

Part of the Spring 2019 Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.