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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Sat, Mar 2, 2019

Black-and-white photo of Nuar Alsadir in profile

Poets of Amherst: A Conversation with Shayla Lawson and Nuar Alsadir ’92

10:00 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, the Emily Dickinson Museum's Executive Director Jane Wald hosts a conversation with poets Shayla Lawson and Nuar Alsadir '92.

This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by Q&A. Light refreshments will be served.

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

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.

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Photo of Kolbert

"The Once and Future Planet: Science Journalism in the 21st Century" with Charles Mann '76 and Elizabeth Kolbert

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, Cullen Murphy '74, editor-at-large for The Atlantic, hosts a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert and Charles C. Mann '76, author of New York Times bestseller 1493. The event will be followed by Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat.

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.

Amherst College Symphony Orchestra: ¡Viva Argentina!

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra closes its survey of music of Spain and Latin America with three works from Argentina on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Tickets are available on the day of the concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center. For more information, please call (413) 542-2195, email concerts@amherst.edu or visit www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Argentina is home to one of the world's great opera houses, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Musical narratives of gauchos and the pampas emerged early in the 20th century, and indigenous Indian, mestizo, creole and dance music associated with Carnival found expression in Argentine concert music.  

Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) (1965-1970) by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), a set of four seductive and beguiling tangos, opens the program. Conceived in response to Vivaldi's Le quattro stagioni (Four Seasons), they were composed for a wide variety of instruments, including bandoneón, but are most commonly performed today in a virtuosic arrangement for strings and violin soloist by the Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov (1955- ). 

After intermission, the ASO performs another contemporary masterpiece, Three Songs for Soprano & Orchestra (2001) by the Argentine-born Osvaldo Golijov (1960- ). Inspired by poems of Sally Potter, Rosalía de Castro and Emily Dickinson, Three Songs demonstrate Golijov's expert and deeply moving mastery of text setting. 

The concert closes with a brief suite from the ballet Estancia (1941) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), which evokes the life of Argentine ranchers in four short segments: "Land Workers," "Wheat Dance," "Cattlemen" and "Malambo."

Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

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