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Looking closely at students leaving the Black Family Visual Arts Center, one can see charcoal smudges or smeared paint on hands. Voices singing melodies or reciting Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter echo through the rehearsal rooms in the Hopkins Center. Photographers scout views on the Green and film students watch movies in the library with headphones in and eyes rapt.
With many of us taking lighter class loads this summer, students may find themselves with extra time during the week. Naturally, some will pass time laying on the Green or lounging on the swimming dock at the River. For students who feel compelled to complete “summer reading” or for those who are looking to relax and enrich their minds, The Dartmouth offers a list of book recommendations from an unexpected source: your professors.
“Swiss Army Man” (2016) has been one of the most anticipated releases of the year from A24, a production company that served as a distributor of critically acclaimed films such as “Spring Breakers” (2012), “Ex Machina” (2015), “Amy” (2015) and “Room” (2015). This latest addition to the A24 family, however, falls well short of A24’s lofty standards.
In his penultimate film review for The Dartmouth, Andrew Kingsley ’16 explored Disney’s “Zootopia” (2016), praising its filmmakers for its clever combination of comedic characters and socially relevant messages. This week, I will return to the world of animation and the film industry’s strange love for anthropomorphizing with Illumination Entertainment’s “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016).
Since graduating from Dartmouth, James Nachtwey ‘70 has worked almost exclusively in the world of photography. He started out as a newspaper photographer for the Albuquerque Journal, then took jobs as a freelance magazine photographer, a contract photographer for Time Magazine and cofounded the VII Photo Agency.
During the annual theater festival VoxFest, Dartmouth students escape the classroom to experiment and workshop with alumni bringing theater projects to campus.
If summer classes have you considering dropping out to join the circus, you may be disappointed to learn that professional recruiting might actually be less competitive. At the same time, the circus is actually closer than you think. The award-winning international youth circus, Circus Smirkus, will perform in Hanover on July 5 and 6, bringing along their well-earned international recognition and dazzling performances. Founded in 1987 by performer and teacher Rob Mermin and based in Vermont, Circus Smirkus is currently the only international touring youth circus in the United States. As such, it presents a unique opportunity for youth interested in pursuing a professional career in the circus to hone and showcase their skill sets. Artistic director Troy Wunderle said that Circus Smirkus’ high standing in the circus community means that many organizations that train youth in circus performance look to Smirkus as the next level in circus training.
“The Lobster” (2015) is the latest effort from renowned Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, who received the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for this film. Fans of Lanthimos’ previous work such as “Dogtooth” (2009) and “Alps” (2011) will likewise enjoy the tone of his most recent masterpiece, which borders on the verge of experimental while still effectively utilizing techniques common in mainstream cinema.
When most people think about the Pacific, romantic images of couples lounging on picturesque beaches come to mind. After all, it’s paradise, right?
With the approach of Commencement, students involved in the arts at Dartmouth face the challenge of pursuing different paths and careers that may not necessarily involve their artistic talents in the future. However, several members of the Class of 2016 involved in the various arts on campus are still keen to pursue their passions beyond Dartmouth.
Mother and son illustrator and author duo Jo Ann Kairys and Dan Kairys ’90 forged a successful career together creating the children’s books “Sunbelievable”and “I Want Cake!”. “Sunbelievable,” published in 2011, won five top national book awards for storytelling and illustration. “I Want Cake!”, published in 2016, won two. Known for their quirky storylines and unique digital-collage style illustrations, these stories have captured kids’ imaginations. The author, Dan Kairys, currently practices as a surgeon in Florida. His mother, Jo Ann Kairys, lives in New Jersey and illustrates the books.
Jane Austen has seen a small insurgence in recent cinema. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (2016) debuted in February of this year, grafting the historical appeal of Austen’s oeuvre to our de rigueur taste for zombies. Somehow it flopped. Yet for the diehard Austenites hoping for her work to not so literally come back to life, Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship” (2016) brings out Austen’s sense of wit and timing in this raucous period comedy.
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.
In her film and media studies culminating project, Lizzy Rogers ’16 dabbled with conventional and experimental animation techniques to create a short film that is both narratively compelling and aesthetically stimulating. The film, titled “A True Story About You,” deals with existentialist realizations.
Located by a small nook on the second floor that overlooks the atrium of the Black Family Visual Art Center’s first floor lobby, the architecture studio is a place where students explore a discipline that is about both the aesthetic form and scientific practicalities.
“Cotton Patch Gospel,” an honors thesis production by Robert Leverett ’16 will be opening on May 28 at the Bentley Theater in the Hopkins Center. The play is ensemble-based and incorporates live bluegrass music and a potluck dinner. The piece explores the concept of theater as a community and the relationship between the actors and the audience.
Disney returns to the successful world of anthropomorphic animals (“Robin Hood” (1973) and “Chicken Run” (2000)) with their 55th animated feature film, “Zootopia” (2016).
Twelve young artists took over the Hopkins Center’s Garage studio space on Monday night for the opening of their gallery show created in collaboration with students enrolled in “Autism: Science, Story, and Experience.” The exhibit is part of a project designed by course instructors Sara Chaney, a writing professor for the Institute of Writing and Rhetoric, and psychology professor Bill Hudenko.
A photographer gets up close to capture Friday night's concert.
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.