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When Adenrele Adewusi ’15 stepped onto campus her freshman fall, she felt that she only saw three academic options for students — “pre-med, pre-law and pre-Wall Street.” Adewusi went with the third option, and she planned to leave the College with a degree in mathematics.
For students who have wondered about how to get involved with theater at the College but have no idea where to begin or have had no previous experience, the College’s theater department has a series of events and programs meant to help them. The two most prominent options are the termly showcase and the “Your Space” productions.
They begin early, before noon and go late into the night. Sometimes, decisions are not made until the sun rises on Monday.
“Grandma” (2015) opens on Ellie (Lily Tomlin), a former poet, college professor and widow, bitterly breaking up with Olivia (Judy Greer), her much younger girlfriend of four months. Ellie has been largely forgotten by life beyond a few anthologized poems. Her fiery vigor has been extinguished by the tides of time and loss of Violet, her former partner of 30 years, leaving behind an irascible, icy self. Now she just treads in the narcotic waters of nostalgia, donning her professorial regalia while leafing through old photos. Anonymity becomes her refuge, as she pays off her debts and cuts up her credit cards to turn into a wind chime, as if she is tying up loose ends before the curtains close.
In 1972, Bill Pence and his wife Stella Pence transformed an old opera house into a functional theater and screened two movies there. The opera-house-turned-theater was in Telluride, Colorado, and the Telluride Film Festival was born.
Director Noah Baumbach’s latest feature “Mistress America” (2015) is a screwball comedy about the humor and perils of saying “yes.” Without a voice of reason and the sense that everyone should go with the flow, the viewer gets terrific farce, at the cost of vulnerability and pain. Greta Gerwig, Baumbach’s muse and the film’s co-writer and star, has mastered the effortlessly mercurial stream of consciousness style of Jean-Luc Godard’s muse Anna Karina — she’s even got the same dance moves — with the quirky modern sensibility of Zooey Deschanel.
While the arts at Dartmouth can take many forms, one of the most accessible is student performing groups. From a Shakespeare troupe to multiple a cappella, improv comedy and dance groups, there is almost always an opportunity to watch a performance. All the groups may have different focuses, but they are all the same in one respect — all have dedicated seniors who have put years of hard work and love into them.
Since graduating from the College in 1994, Juliette Bianco, the Hood Museum of Art’s deputy director, began working at the museum in 1998 and has served in various positions including exhibition manager and assistant director, as well as helping to put together two books. In addition to overseeing the museum’s day-to-day management and long-term planning, Bianco has also overseen the creation of a $10 million endowment for the director’s position, the installation of a new piece of public art and an ongoing renovation, including an expansion of the museum which is supposed to begin in the spring of 2016.
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.