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Over the course of this summer, the New York Theater Workshop has presented a diverse array of new and exciting work-in-progress plays to the Dartmouth community. The pieces featured addressed topics that range from surreal fiction to the brutal truths of racial injustice in America. As a continuation of the Theatre Workshop’s 25-year partnership with Dartmouth, this summer term’s Theater 65 class worked closely with the directors, playwrights, cast and crew of the productions.
Professor Wen Xing is the director of the Dartmouth Institute for Calligraphy and Manuscript Culture in China. He teaches calligraphy courses through the College’s Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literature department and offered a series of workshops last winter to teach students the fundamentals of calligraphy. He created a fractal calligraphy exhibition that integrated calligraphy with mathematics.
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.
This weekend, the Frost and Dodd Student Play Festival will showcase the hard work and creative prowess of three Dartmouth undergraduates who have each produced an original one-act play. Two of these works, “Everything Falls Apart” by Jordyn Fitch ’20 and “The Making of the Making of the Moon Landing” by Elise Wien ’17, will be presented to audiences as staged readings while “If It Isn’t You” by Tess McGuinness ’18 will be performed as a full production.
As a film, “The Big Sick” is an unconventional addition to a long tradition of romantic comedies with memorable protagonists that include the likes of “When Harry Met Sally,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Notting Hill.” Kumail Nanjiani stars as Kumail, a character based on his early life as a standup comic who falls in love with psychology graduate student and quintessential girl next door, Emily, a somewhat underutilized Zoe Kazan, who is based on Nanjiani’s wife in real life, Emily Gordon. He battles family expectations, career mishaps and a cultural misunderstanding — as well as the fact that Emily falls into a coma halfway through the film.
The Vietnam War doesn’t fit neatly into American folklore. Unlike other American wars, it is not easily glorified. It cannot be summarized as “the good guys won, and the bad guys lost.” As a result, the war is one of the most emotionally charged and complex episodes in American history. Even though the last American soldiers left Saigon decades ago, one crucial fact was impressed on the audience in Spaulding Auditorium last Thursday night: the Vietnam War is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.
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.
The Strauss and Jaffe-Friede Galleries in the Hopkins Center for the Arts are featuring artists at all points of their career, ranging from recently graduated alumni to well established professional artists. Darby Raymond-Overstreet ’16 and Benjamin Albrecht ’16, winners of the Perspectives on Design Award, currently have their art showcased in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery. Next door, the Strauss Gallery features a group exhibition around the topic of “Buoyancy.”
At a 2010 Christmas party in New York, three Dartmouth alumni considered the dilemma of finding both the resources and space in the city to rehearse their new projects and ideas. Six years later, Matthew Cohn ’08, Thom Pasculli ’05 and Kate Mulley ’05 have returned to Dartmouth to open the fifth annual VoxFest, a week-long showcase of new projects by various alumni of the College’s Theater department that collaborate with faculty, students and locals of Hanover. Originating from its creators’ desire to workshop and rehearse in an open space, VoxFest has evolved as a way to connect alumni with students and expose students to different aspects of theater production, Cohn and Mulley said.
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.
At Diplareios School in Athens, Greece is studio art professor Zenovia Toloudi’s project “Silo(e)scapes,” which is part of the exhibition “Tomorrows: Urban Fictions for Possible Futures,” and is meant to serve as both an art installation and an architectural model. The piece is a model of a small community of people who preserve and tend to their native seeds in a communal space designed for the preservation of native plant species.
This article is featured in the 2017 Commencement & Reunions Issue.
Through long lines and rain, we, Kourtney and Madeline, successfully survived our first music festival. Saying we had a blast would be an understatement. Nearly every performer we watched exceeded our expectations by giving audiences a mix of tracks for new and die-hard fans. Despite the rain on Friday and the subsequent muddy patches throughout Harvard University’s Athletic Complex, the artists and attendees — numbering more than 30,000 thanks to the venue’s relocation from Boston’s City Hall Plaza — embraced the weather to enjoy a weekend celebrating music, comedy and art.
In this era of sequels, reboots and remakes, who would have thought that “Trainspotting” would get a second chance to shine. To be sure, the original is a cult classic and generally considered one of the greatest British films ever made, but it has a fairly self-contained story that doesn’t invite further continuation. Yet through some miracle that I will not pretend to understand, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge have managed to return over 20 years later to make a sequel that happens to be one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year.
Boston Calling 2017’s headliners included Chance the Rapper and Mumford & Sons.
Chance the Rapper performed songs from his Grammy Award-winning album "Coloring Book."