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During the 2021-2022 academic year, all performances are only open to current students, faculty and staff of the Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges students.  A current school ID is required to attend all performances. All Theater & Dance shows are free, unless otherwise noted. 

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February 2020

Sat, Feb 1, 2020

Three STAGE performers, each wearing a different large headdress

CAST and STAGE by a canary torsi

The Department of Theater and Dance is excited to present a special showing of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR by a canary torsi, a project invested in how meaning is created by audiences and performers in real time through the languages of theater: spectacle, casting, scores and scripts. At Amherst College at Kirby Theater, for the first time, CAST and STAGE are being presented as one evening with an intermission.

Amherst College is partnering with A.P.E. and The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought to bring AUTHOR to 33 Hawley as part of the Bodies in Motion Festival. The interactive installation runs until Jan. 31 at the Northampton Center for the Arts, located at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton.

CAST is a performance by four of the performers that created the trilogy. At each performance, a new, computer-generated script is culled from transcripts of conversations on casting and representation. The performers receive their roles and the never-before-seen script in front of the audience and perform it for the first time in their presence.

STAGE is a visual and aural fantasia with live music. STAGE explores the role of theatrical devices in affecting what an audience sees and perceives.

AUTHOR is a participatory video installation that invites each visitor to interact with the performers through a text-based computer game. Forming a poetically mediated stream-of-conscious between visitors and the video recordings, visitors navigate their relationship to the performers’ language and images on the topics of performing, representation and casting. The algorithm of the game invites each visitor to discover their own voice inside the machine, to construct their own meaning in “conversation” with the personal material of the performers.

The presentation of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is generously supported by a New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions Grant, and by the Arts at Amherst Initiative and the Groove Fund at Amherst College, in cooperation with the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Admission for all events is free. To reserve tickets for CAST and STAGE, call (413) 542-2277. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended.

For information on AUTHOR exhibit times, please visit the A.P.E. webpage: http://www.apearts.org/events--projects.html

Thu, Feb 27, 2020

"Gossamer"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Gossamer, written and directed by Sophina Flores ’20. Gossamer follows three children and their mother through a dissociative fantasy world they have created as a response to trauma, trapped in the liminal space between death and life. Through surrealist movement, Gossamer carries us through a distorted narrative of a broken home—a family grappling with forgiveness, acceptance and hope for recovery, while facing the truth that no one is innocent within the cycle of abuse.

Set design by Laura Carty ’20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Lauren Thompson, projection design by Brenna Kaplan ’22, and sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21 and Alistair Edwards ’22

Starring Sam Beach, Emily Fedor, Leah Folpe, Nick Govus, Eli Quastler, Andrew Rosevear, Caroline Seitz and Renz Toledo

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended: call (413) 542-2277 or email theater@amherst.edu.

Fri, Feb 28, 2020

"Gossamer"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Gossamer, written and directed by Sophina Flores ’20. Gossamer follows three children and their mother through a dissociative fantasy world they have created as a response to trauma, trapped in the liminal space between death and life. Through surrealist movement, Gossamer carries us through a distorted narrative of a broken home—a family grappling with forgiveness, acceptance and hope for recovery, while facing the truth that no one is innocent within the cycle of abuse.

Set design by Laura Carty ’20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Lauren Thompson, projection design by Brenna Kaplan ’22, and sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21 and Alistair Edwards ’22

Starring Sam Beach, Emily Fedor, Leah Folpe, Nick Govus, Eli Quastler, Andrew Rosevear, Caroline Seitz and Renz Toledo

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended: call (413) 542-2277 or email theater@amherst.edu.

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

"Gossamer"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Gossamer, written and directed by Sophina Flores ’20. Gossamer follows three children and their mother through a dissociative fantasy world they have created as a response to trauma, trapped in the liminal space between death and life. Through surrealist movement, Gossamer carries us through a distorted narrative of a broken home—a family grappling with forgiveness, acceptance and hope for recovery, while facing the truth that no one is innocent within the cycle of abuse.

Set design by Laura Carty ’20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Lauren Thompson, projection design by Brenna Kaplan ’22, and sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21 and Alistair Edwards ’22

Starring Sam Beach, Emily Fedor, Leah Folpe, Nick Govus, Eli Quastler, Andrew Rosevear, Caroline Seitz and Renz Toledo

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended: call (413) 542-2277 or email theater@amherst.edu.