Upcoming Theater & Dance Events

Update as of 5/23/22

All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes a booster for those who are eligible. Please note that these performances are currently open only to students, faculty and staff in Amherst College's COVID-19 testing program as well as current college ID holders from Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges. These performances are currently closed to the general public and UMass community members.

KN95 masks must be worn at all times while in campus buildings. 

Please also note the additional rules for Reunion 2022 attendees in the case of the performance "Emily and Sue."



All Theater & Dance shows are free, unless otherwise noted. 

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November 2020

Thu, Nov 19, 2020

Performance Project

Theater and Dance presents Performance Project, a showcase of original student work.

Christianna Mariano ’21’s Endogenous is a video exploration into the idea of cell determination – the moment a cell decides what it will specialize in. She invites you to explore this idea and what it might mean to you through images and sounds from her grandmother's garden. Lighting and imagery for videos were created in collaboration with Helen Feibes '23, Gabriella Moore '23 and Hee Won Youn '23.

Maya Mizrahi ‘21’s Monochrome reflects on teacher and mentor Ilya Gaft and his experience as a principal ballet dancer in the Soviet Union. Ilya graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic Academy under the direction of Alexander Pushkin and Agrippina Vaganova. He went on to become a principal dancer, primarily performing in the Mikhailovsky Theater (formerly the Maly Opera Theater). Gaft's philosophy and artistry has been one of Maya’s biggest influences as a dancer, artist and person. Videography and visual effects editing is by Amalia Roy '21, and sound design is by MacKenzie Kugel.

Psych '93, by Daniel Rendon ’21, asks: Where is the line that separates the sane from the insane? Is this a solid line? Does it even exist? Welcome to the exploration of the uncomfortable. Lighting is by Henry Bassett '23 and Emma Daitz '23.

Fri, Nov 20, 2020

"Come Sit By Me"

The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents Come Sit By Me, a dance work created and performed by students in "Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique" with Jenna Riegel.

In the absence of human touch and close physical contact, where do we turn for reassurance, for comfort or to fulfill our primary desire to be caressed and held? How can we feel connected even as we remain 6 feet apart? What resources are available to us to reboot our sense of well-being? What inspires us to move amidst so much stagnation?

Assistant Professor Jenna Riegel and the students of the "Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique" course find solace and rejuvenation in nature and in dance in their site-specific work Come Sit By Me. Please join us on Friday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. for a Zoom watch party of the performance! Please register in advance through the button below for the Zoom link.

Registration Required