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Owen O’Leary ’19 is taking his acting skills behind the scenes this term as he directs “Tragedy: A Tragedy,” a student production that will perform from Nov. 9 to 11. While O’Leary has performed and assisted with many shows while at Dartmouth, this production will be his first time directing.
In the upcoming 2018-19 season from the Hopkins Center for the Arts, performances will examine a common theme of global diaspora and the idea of “home,” said Rebecca Bailey, publicity coordinator and writer for the Hop. Many of the guest artists will demonstrate unique and commonly underepresented experiences and identities through shows that range from multimedia dance performances to stand-up comedy.
The Malpaso Dance Company, a contemporary Cuban dance group specializing in a diverse range of styles, performed Thursday night at Moore Theater in the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The company performed pieces derived from European ballet to modern North American to traditional Afro-Cuban. Founded in 2012, the company has worked with prominent North American choreographers including Aszure Barton and Ron K. Brown, whose works were performed at the show on Thursday.
This article was featured in the 2017 Freshman Issue.
To draw attention to the numerous people of color that are killed by police officers every year, Samantha Modder ’17 created an exhibit currently on display in the rotunda of the Hopkins Center for the Arts called “We Are Policed.” Through her art, Modder says she hopes to create a better understanding of issues both for herself and for others.
Going away to college is many students’ first experience away from their families for an extended period of time, which can often lead to a difficult transition. Many students look to join various groups and communities on campus. These groups can range from friends to more structured organizations, such as cultural houses, sports teams or performance groups. By becoming a member of a particular community on campus, students can feel as if they have found their new home away from home. The Dartmouth asked seven students about their thoughts on family and communities at Dartmouth.
After 40 years of leadership, Donald Glasgo announced his retirement as director of the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble this spring. Musician, improviser and educator Taylor Ho Bynum will replace Glasgo this upcoming school year.
Draped in raincoats and ponchos and toting umbrellas of all colors, people gathered yesterday on the Green to see the first public production of “Doggie Hamlet,” a spectacle combining dance, theater and shepherding. An interdisciplinary work featuring human performers alongside sheep and sheepdogs, the piece was created by American dancer Ann Carlson, who also served as choreographer and director for the performance. The show featured three sheepdogs, owned and instructed by Diane Cox, which interacted with sheep from the farm of Steve Wetmore. It also included performers Diane Frank, Peter Schmitz, Ryan Tacata, Imre Hunter-To and Yesenia Major, who interacted with each other and with the animals.
This Friday and Saturday, the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble will showcase the choreography that it has been rehearsing all year in its spring performance, “Steps and Sounds.” While the ensemble offered a sneak preview of this weekend’s show in its winter works-in-progress performance, this weekend will be the first time that the public can view the culmination of a year of choreography and rehearsals.
The Dartmouth College Glee Club’s seniors will perform in their final concert this upcoming Sunday, when the glee club performs excerpts from Handel’s “Semele” and Haydn’s “Te Deum.” To honor this poignant occasion, glee club director Louis Burkot will place particular focus on the group’s seniors, many of whom credit the glee club with allowing them to continue to pursue their passion for classical music in college.
Malcolm Freberg ’09 recently finished competing on “Survivor” for the third time. As a strategic, social and physical threat, Freberg was one of the show’s most popular players and was therefore brought back to play on “Survivor: Caramoan” and “Survivor: Game Changers” after debuting on “Survivor: Philippines.”
Peeking into the Jaffe-Friede gallery in the Hopkins Center this month, one will glimpse at the still lifes produced by Susan Walp, the studio art department’s current artist-in-residence. Walp currently has work displayed in the Hood Museum as well as the National Academy Museum in New York. Over her career she has received awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggeinheim Fellowship and a Bogliasco Fellowship. Additionally, Walp has served as a studio art guest lecturer at the College.
Julie Solomon ’17 is an integral member of Dartmouth’s theater department — she is its go-to person for set design, a passion she discovered in high school almost by accident. After not getting a part in her school play, she was invited to work on the set crew instead. It was then that she fell in love with set design and chose to continue pursuing it, excited to build props and even use power tools.
Peter Nigrini ’93 is a projection designer for productions both on- and off-Broadway. At Dartmouth, Nigrini studied theater and film with a focus on backstage production but did not discover projection design until after college. Nigrini has designed projections for various projects ranging from broadway productions to concerts
Although Zahra Ruffin ’17 is now an actress, she was introduced to the world of theater through dance. In middle school Ruffin’s homeroom teacher asked her to be a background dancer in the school’s performance of “Guys and Dolls”. Ruffin said that she thought her theater career would be over after that show, but the next year, the same teacher gave her the script for the fall production.
Micah Park ’17 might be all about dance now, but this was not always the case. Although she took ballet courses when she was very young, she quit after a few years. She only rekindled her interest in dance after pursuing musical theater and realizing that the singing component was not for her.
The Dartmouth Dance Ensemble incorporated flashing lights, flying leaves and dynamic movements into its performances this past Friday and Saturday in the Moore Theater. The show featured five pieces with different choreographers and styles of dance.
Emily Harwell ’16 was among many senior art majors who recently won the Class of 1960 Residential Life Purchase Award. Faculty and members of the Class of 1960 saw all the work shown at the senior art exhibition and then selected which ones they wanted to buy to decorate residential dorms and offices.
Moving images, flashing lights and creatively designed seats invited attendees to interact with the art displayed last night at the fifth annual Digital Arts Expo. The event included several segments and showcased a collaborative range of digital works in music, studio art, film and 3D printing at the Hood Museum of Art.
This spring, Dartmouth students on the art history foreign study program collaborated with renowned artist William Kentridge on one of the largest public projects in Rome since the Sistine Chapel. The art piece, which premiered on April 21, is a gigantic frieze, 500 meters long and 10 meters tall, along the wall of the banks of the Tiber River. Titled “Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome,”it was created through the method of selective cleaning of patina, a thin layer of grime, that was growing on the wall of the bank.