Arts: A Year in Review
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Arts: A Year in Review
From all-night a cappella auditions to open workshops for dance troupes, campus performance groups draw a large crowd of first-year students in the fall term tryouts. Arts groups on campus offer students a chance to try stand-up or improv comedy, hip-hop or classical dance. Ranging from student-run groups to professionally directed productions in the Hopkins Center, first-year students have many opportunities to experience the thrill of performing for their peers.
As part of the Theater 65 class, “Drama in Performance,” enrolled students collaborated with New York Theater Workshop artists on plays in progress.
After months of designing, coding and re-coding programs for her masters thesis in digital arts, Kiko Lam ’14 held an opening reception for “Collaborative #Sunrise” to a small crowd of friends, classmates and mentors on Monday night. The piece, a computational art installation that draws on themes of nature, color, time and social connectedness, uses Instagram photos from around the world to create an ever-changing image of what Lam calls an “eternal sunrise.”
After two runs as part of V-February in 2014 and 2015, the original student performance “Voices” returned to campus as “VoX: Voices of Summer” on Monday in Collis Common Ground. The production, sponsored by the Center for Gender and Student Engagement, featured a series of monologues and poetry written and performed by members of the class of 2017 on topics ranging from racial identity and feminism to body image, mental health and personal relationships.
In response to Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra conductor Anthony Princiotti’s resignation, over 300 students, alumni, parents and faculty have signed a petition calling for his reinstatement as of press time.
“Trainwreck”(2015) wants to make sex unsexy. From one-night stands with a closeted bodybuilder and an Adderall-snorting adolescent to a frumpy housewife discussing her threeway, the film delights in society’s laughably libidinous underbelly. Today’s queen — or perhaps dominatrix — of sex as comedy is Amy Schumer, the writer and star of “Trainwreck,” as well as Comedy Central’s hit show “Inside Amy Schumer.” A modern day Mae West, Schumer is a gauche beauty queen that’ll tell you “my eyes are up here” but lets you keep ogling.
The Frost and Dodd Playwriting Festival, which starts on July 31st and runs until August 2nd, showcases the three winners of a one-act play competition among students. The competition selects two winners for the Eleanor Frost award and one student for the Lorring Dodd Playwright competition, and all three students receive cash prizes.
The Hopkins Center for the Arts is gearing up for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. The Hopkins Center is offering a wide array of theater and dance, classical, folk and pop music from students and outside artists. Performers include Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia, Ukelele player Jake Shimbukuro and Carlos Henriquez, a jazz composer and bassist from the Lincoln Center of Orchestra.
The Dartmouth sat down with Donald Claflin jewelry studio director Jeff Georgantes to talk about how the studio operates over the summer and what makes the space unique.
Voices of 15X or VoX, directed by Jessica King-Fredel ’17 and Kalie Marsicano ‘17, will be a gender-inclusive production of students bearing their souls to their peers.
The Dartmouth Film Society, which chooses and oversees many of the films screened at the Hopkins Center, has two main programs: the Hop Film Program, which screens a variety of films, and the Dartmouth film series. The latter screens films that follow a predetermined theme, including time periods, genres, or nationalities. The Dartmouth sat down with Johanna Evans ’10, director of the Dartmouth Film Society, to find out more about the society and its summer programming.
Next Tuesday, students and community members will get a taste of the eclectic offerings of the musical group “Pink Martini”. The group, founded by Thomas Lauderdale in 1994, is a self-described “little orchestra.” Classical, Latin, jazz and classical pop all influence the group’s work. The Dartmouth sat down with China Forbes, one of the band’s lead vocalists, to discuss her experience in the group.
Vox Theater, a company run by Dartmouth alumni Kate Mulley ’05, Matthew Cohn ’08 and Thom Pasculli ’05, will be returning this weekend to showcase several pieces-in-work at the Hopkins Center in a series titled VoxFest. After just one week of rehearsals, the Company will stage five free performances that stretch the boundaries of “typical” theater.
Shawn Ahernis the dance captain of Pilobolus Dance Theatre, a modern dance company founded in 1971 at the College. The group now consists of seven full company members and two apprentices. Pilobolus is known for its diverse repertoire, ranging from theatrical pieces to abstract ones. The company has performed in 64 countries, and on programs including the 79th Annual Academy Awards, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Ahern, who has been with the company for five years, performed with the group at the Hopkins Center twice this week.
The few hundred students and community members who crowded the Green Thursday evening cheered as Plena Libre, the four-time Grammy nominated Latin and jazz band, yelled “Are we ready?” several times at the kick off of their concert.
Hank Rogerson ’89 and Jilann Spitzmiller ’89 have been making films together since they met at Dartmouth over 30 years ago. Their newest documentary, “Still Dreaming” (2014) chronicles a group of elderly actors living at a home for retired Broadway performers who put on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The film will screen at the Hopkins Center this Friday followed by a question and answer session with Rogerson and Spitzmiller.
As spring term comes to a close and summer is now in sight, it’s hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through 2015. It seems like just yesterday music blogs, radio stations and television specials were reflecting on 2014 and releasing their “Best Of” lists. Now that June is officially upon us, it’s already time to start reflecting on some of the top albums released so far in 2015.
David Reingold ’71 is not a typical glassblowing instructor. A chemistry student at the College, Reingold received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1976 and spent two years completing post-doctoral research at the University of Alberta before taking a job as a chemistry professor at Haverford College, where he first encountered scientific glassblowing. Although he continued to teach chemistry for most of his professional career, glassblowing subsequently became a valued hobby for Reingold, and through self-teaching and dedicated experimentation it has grown into his current field.
With the "Twilight" saga thoroughly finished and "The Hunger Games" soon coming to a close, audiences clearly need a new heroine torn between gorgeous men. How else are we supposed to live out our romantic fantasies, or wear our Team Edward or Team Jacob T-shirts? Fortunately, Thomas Vinterberg’s “Far from the Madding Crowd” (2015) is here to fill the gaping void in our hearts, bringing Thomas Hardy’s 1874 eponymous novel to life. In the process, we are introduced to the steamy Victorian romance of Bathsheba Everdene — whose surname inspired Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games” — and her three suitors.