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Dance Events

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Upcoming Events

Uneasy Duets: Contemporary American Dances about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Uneasy Duets: Contemporary American Dances about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue

The Annual Dr. Cynthia Novack Lecture (in Memoriam) will feature guest speaker Dr. Rebecca Rossen ’90, dance historian, choreographer, and Assistant Professor in the Performance as Public Practice Program and the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin.

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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 5:30 PM
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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Receptions: A Body in Fukushima
Receptions: A Body in Fukushima
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM
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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Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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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A Body in Places
A Body in Places
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:00 PM
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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Panel Discussion: Expressing and Contesting Indonesia-Islam Encounters in Performing Arts - Dance and Music in Aceh
Panel Discussion: Expressing and Contesting Indonesia-Islam Encounters in Performing Arts - Dance and Music in Aceh
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:15 PM
CFA Hall
Organized and moderated by University Professor of Music Sumarsam, this panel will discuss performing art as a space for expressing Indonesia-Islam encounters.
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Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra
Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Classes
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Classes
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio and Cross Street Dance Studio
Twelve Master Classes 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: Choreographer Conversation
DanceMasters Weekend: Choreographer Conversation
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center 265 Church Street, Middletown
Meet four of the DanceMasters Master Class teachers during a noontime Choreographer Conversation moderated by a Wesleyan Dance Department faculty member.
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DanceMasters Weekend: Master Classes
DanceMasters Weekend: Master Classes
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio and Cross Street Dance Studio
Twelve Master Classes provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques during DanceMasters Weekend.
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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 8:00 PM
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
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
Artist in Residence Patricia Beaman presents two exhilarating world premieres.
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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 8:00 PM
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), followed by a performance with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake.
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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 12:00 PM
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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Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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 8:00 PM
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
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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 Dance Concert
Spring Dance Concert
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.
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Spring Dance Concert
Spring Dance Concert
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.
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Worlds of Dance Concert
Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM
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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West African Drumming and Dance Concert
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM
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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A World of Arts in the Heart of Connecticut