Center For the Arts 

Past Dance Department Events

Past events presented by the Dance Department.


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2015

May

Artist Talk: A Body in Fukushima
Artist Talk: A Body in Fukushima
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:00am
CFA Hall
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston will talk about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima.
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West African Drumming and Dance Concert
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3:00pm
CFA Courtyard

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring choreographer Iddi Saaka and master drummer Abraham Adzenyah with their students in three levels of “West African Dance” courses, plus guest artists.

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Worlds of Dance Concert
Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
“Introduction to Dance” and beginning dance students perform works of various styles, including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance).
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Spring Dance Concert: Unbecome
Spring Dance Concert: Unbecome
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.
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Spring Dance Concert: Unbecome
Spring Dance Concert: Unbecome
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.
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April

Uneasy Duets: Contemporary American Dances about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Uneasy Duets: Contemporary American Dances about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:30pm
Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross Street
Dr. Rebecca Rossen '90 presents the Annual Dr. Cynthia Novack Lecture (in Memoriam), "Uneasy Duets: Contemporary American Dances about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict."
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Artist Talk: Will Rawls - Disciplinary Actions, Choreography as an Inexact Science
Artist Talk: Will Rawls - Disciplinary Actions, Choreography as an Inexact Science
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:00pm
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street

Will Rawls is a choreographer, performer, and writer with a non-disciplinary practice of dance, language, and installation. He is the 2015-16 Creative Campus Fellow in Dance, and will be teaching DANC378 "Repertory and Performance" during the fall 2015 semester.
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Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Senior choreographers will present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major.
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Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Senior choreographers will present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major.
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Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Senior choreographers will present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major.
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Exhibition Reboot and Gallery Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston
Exhibition Reboot and Gallery Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center

Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston will talk about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima.

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The Universal Flute: Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi
The Universal Flute: Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8:00pm
Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center, College of East Asian Studies

Asian Cutural Council Senior Advisor Ralph Samuelson MA ’71 performs traditional music on shakuhachi (Japanese flute), with a special performance by dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake.

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March

Music of Survival
Music of Survival
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1:30pm
Goldsmith Family Cinema, College of Film and the Moving Image
Featuring a performance by bandurist, kobzar (bard), and composer Julian Kytasty, a screening of the film Music of Survival about the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, and a discussion with film director Orest Sushko.
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Spring Faculty Dance Concert:  Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins
Spring Faculty Dance Concert: Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Artist in Residence Patricia Beaman presents two exhilarating world premieres.
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Spring Faculty Dance Concert:  Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins
Spring Faculty Dance Concert: Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Artist in Residence Patricia Beaman presents two exhilarating world premieres.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Eddie Taketa
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Eddie Taketa
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00pm
Cross Street Dance Studio
Eddie Taketa of Doug Varone and Dancers will teach a Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Raphael Xavier: Hip Hop
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Raphael Xavier: Hip Hop
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00pm
Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio
Raphael Xavier will teach a hip hop Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during his first time teaching at DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Kate Weare
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Kate Weare
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 1:00pm
Cross Street Dance Studio
Kate Weare, Artistic Director of Kate Weare Company, will teach a Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during her first time teaching at DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Alison Manning: Horton Technique
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Alison Manning: Horton Technique
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:00am
Cross Street Dance Studio
Alison Manning, Managing Director & Co-Producer of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, will teach a Horton Technique Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during her first time teaching at DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Stuart Singer
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Stuart Singer
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:00am
Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio
Stuart Singer of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will teach a Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Roxane D'Orleans Juste
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Roxane D'Orleans Juste
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 3:30pm
Cross Street Dance Studio
Roxane D'Orleans Juste, Associate Artistic Director of Limón Dance Company, will teach a Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Dianne Walker: Tap
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Dianne Walker: Tap
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 3:30pm
Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio
Dianne Walker, Artistic Director of Boston's TapDancin, Inc., will teach a tap Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Ronald K. Brown
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Ronald K. Brown
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 1:30pm
Cross Street Dance Studio
Ronald K. Brown, Artistic Director of Evidence, A Dance Company, will teach a Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - David Dorfman
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - David Dorfman
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 1:30pm
Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio
David Dorfman, Artistic Director of David Dorfman Dance, will teach a Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Choreographers Conversation
DanceMasters Weekend: Choreographers Conversation
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 12:00pm
Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center 265 Church Street, Middletown
Meet choreographers Brian Brooks, Wendy Whelan, David Dorfman, and Ronald K. Brown during a noontime conversation moderated by Nicole Stanton, Chair of the Wesleyan University Dance Department.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Wendy Whelan: Ballet
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Wendy Whelan: Ballet
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00am
Cross Street Dance Studio
Wendy Whelan, Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet, will teach a ballet Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during her first time teaching at DanceMasters Weekend.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Brian Brooks
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Class - Brian Brooks
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00am
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio
Brian Brooks, Artistic Director of Brian Brooks Moving Company, will teach a Master Class that will provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during DanceMasters Weekend.
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February

Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra
Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Connecticut premiere by nine female traditional Acehnese dancers featuring songs and body percussion from the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
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Workshop: Dance from Northern Sumatra
Workshop: Dance from Northern Sumatra
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:30pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue
A dance workshop open to all experience levels with members of Tari Aceh! Participants will learn Saman, a popular dance form from Indonesia that combines text, poetry, and movement.
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A Body in a Library
A Body in a Library
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:00pm
Olin Library Lobby, 252 Church Street
A Body in Places is dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake’s first solo project, which incorporates both performative and non-performative elements, and includes the photography exhibition A Body in Fukushima.
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Friday Visiting Artist Studio Showing: Kellie Ann Lynch
Friday Visiting Artist Studio Showing: Kellie Ann Lynch
Friday, February 13, 2015 at 1:30pm
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio
Kellie Ann Lynch is a New Haven-based dancer who has been dancing and touring nationally with Adele Myers & Dancers since 2008, and New York City-based Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc. since 2010.
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Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Montréal’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard returns to Wesleyan with two new dance works, described as “a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness” (The New York Times)
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Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Montréal’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard returns to Wesleyan with two new dance works, described as “a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness” (The New York Times)
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Receptions: A Body in Fukushima
Receptions: A Body in Fukushima
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:00pm
CFA Hall
After a 5:30pm artist talk with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima, a walking tour of the three galleries will begin at CFA Hall at 6pm, with a reception in each location.
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Artist Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston
Artist Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 5:30pm
CFA Hall
Artist talk with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima. Following the talk will be a walking tour of the three galleries, with a reception in each location.
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Artist Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston
Artist Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 5:30pm
CFA Hall
Artist talk with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima. Following the talk will be a walking tour of the three galleries, with a reception in each location.
Full Description

2014

December

West African Drumming and Dance Concert
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa. Drumming and dance students perform under the direction of choreographer Iddi Saaka and drummers John Dankwa and Nate Ash-Morgan '08, plus guest artists.

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Winter Dance Concert: vis-à-vis
Winter Dance Concert: vis-à-vis
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Featuring new works by advanced student choreographers Eury German '16, Lakisha Gonsalves '16, Sarah Greizer '16, Ari Kaufman '16, Chloe Jones '15, Clara Pinsky '16, Djibril Sall '16, and Nora Thompson '15.
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Winter Dance Concert: vis-à-vis
Winter Dance Concert: vis-à-vis
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Featuring new works by advanced student choreographers Eury German '16, Lakisha Gonsalves '16, Sarah Greizer '16, Ari Kaufman '16, Chloe Jones '15, Clara Pinsky '16, Djibril Sall '16, and Nora Thompson '15.
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November

Eiko Otake: Nakedness
Eiko Otake: Nakedness
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4:30pm
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Seminar Room
Visiting Artist in Dance and the College of East Asian Studies Eiko Otake will give a lecture, titled “Nakedness,” during which she will discuss physical, metaphorical, and metaphysical nakedness, and explore what it means for an artist to be naked.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.

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October

Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.

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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.

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Fall Faculty Dance Concert: To Not Forget Crimea - Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: To Not Forget Crimea - Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel
The premiere performance of To Not Forget Crimea: Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars by Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio in response to recent political changes in Crimea.
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Panel Discussion: Indigenous Ukrainian Perspectives of Crimea Post Russian-Invasion
Panel Discussion: Indigenous Ukrainian Perspectives of Crimea Post Russian-Invasion
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Panelists will include Arsen Zhumadilov, Ayla Bakkalli, Greta Uehling, and Alim Aliyev.
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September

LeeSaar The Company: Princess Crocodile
LeeSaar The Company: Princess Crocodile
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
“In its emotional nakedness, free-associative logic, and frank sensuality, the work of the Israeli-born couple Lee Sher and Saar Harari is inventive and arresting.”
—The New Yorker
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Freedom Summer Rolling Concert
Freedom Summer Rolling Concert
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:00pm
Cross Street Dance Studio, Olin Memorial Library Steps, Memorial Chapel
Featuring performances by the Unity Choir and Children's Choir of Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church, Middletown High School Choir, Wesleyan Singers, Dar Williams '89, and Kim and
Reggie Harris
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Artist Talk: Faye Driscoll
Artist Talk: Faye Driscoll
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 4:30pm
Cross Street Dance Studio
"A startlingly original talent" (The New York Times), choreographer and director Faye Driscoll is a Creative Campus Fellow at Wesleyan this fall, researching and developing Thank You For Coming: Play, one of a series of works she will be creating over the next several years.
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