Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 11, 2014

04:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Artist Talk: Faye Driscoll

"A wild woman with a scrupulous sense of form that she tweaks into eye-opening weirdness. Ferocious, hilarious, and disturbing."
--The Village Voice

Choreographer and director Faye Driscoll has been called "a startlingly original talent" by The New York Times. This fall, Ms. Driscoll is a Creative Campus Fellow at Wesleyan, researching and developing "Thank You For Coming: Play," one of a series of works she will be creating over the next several years.

Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross Street

Thursday, September 18, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Gender, Islam, and the "Muslim Problem"

Organized and moderated by Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk, this panel will feature a discussion about Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiments, which have proven so influential among non-Muslim Americans and Europeans. The panel will ask questions that will prepare the community for the larger, year-long look into the complexities that challenge what are often one-dimensional popular portrayals of Islam, gender, and Muslim groups and cultures.

Panelists will include Associate Professor of French and Letters Typhaine Leservot, Lebanese American writer, performer, and teaching artist Leila Buck '99, Dr. M. Saud Anwar, Mayor of South Windsor, Connecticut, and Aida Mansoor, President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.

Co-sponsored by Wesleyan's Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace

Friday, September 19, 2014

07:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Pre-Performance Talk: DanceLink Fellow Miranda Orbach '15

Pre-performance talk about LeeSaar The Company by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellow Miranda Orbach '15.

CFA Hall

Friday, September 19, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

LeeSaar The Company: Princess Crocodile

"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

The movement of New York-based Israeli choreographers Saar Harari and Lee Sher shifts in a split second from calm to frenetic, from violent to sensual. Their seven astonishing international female dancers are versed in Ohad Naharin's Gaga, the movement language noted for its explosive power and extraordinary agility. The New England premiere of "Princess Crocodile" (2014) draws on the experience of becoming a woman, often wavering between self-loathing and self-loving, between feeling like a princess in one moment and an atrocious swamp creature the next. The work is set to an eclectic mix of music, from Igor Stravinsky and Gustav Mahler to Autechre and The Hafler Trio.

A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Co-sponsored by Jewish and Israel Studies, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. This event is also part of the Performing Arts Series.

CFA Theater

Saturday, September 27, 2014

03:30 pm - 05:00 pm

Navaratri Festival Film Screening: The Unseen Sequence

Directed by Sumantra Ghosal
Featuring choreography and dance by Malavika Sarukkai
Followed by a post-screening conversation with Malavika Sarukkai, Sumantra Ghosal, and Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan

"The camera revealingly shifts from close-up to long-shot...showing the rich multidirectionality of Bharata Natyam...and, above all, the singular way a great Indian dancer visibly subordinates the self to a sense of something far larger."
--The New York Times

"The Unseen Sequence," directed by Sumantra Ghosal, celebrates Malavika Sarukkai's distinctive intellectual and creative approach to Indian dance. This searching and personal film premiered in January 2014 at the prestigious Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City, with an introduction by Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan, who said "There is a beautiful urgency of Malavika's diverse inspirations and how she uses these to harness freshness to her craft."

CFA Hall

Sunday, September 28, 2014

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Navaratri Festival: Malavika Sarukkai - Rasamanjari

"One of the greatest dancers of our day."
--The New York Times

Acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai's choreographic interpretations have the incandescent beauty of the classical dance language of India and the energized articulation of a contemporary mind. At Wesleyan, Ms. Sarukkai presents the New England premiere of "Rasamanjari," which is both a cerebration and a celebration of this tradition. Through this exploration, the language of Bharata Natyam is repossessed, making it in the process a language which "speaks in the present tense" for a global audience.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, September 28, 2014

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Precision Auditions

Precision Dance Company is looking for new dancers for both our Ensemble (focusing on contemporary, modern, and jazz) and our Crew (hip-hop). Please come for the full time whether you are auditioning for one or both. Wear something comfortable and be ready to dance!

Fayerweather 108 (Dance Rehearsal)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

04:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Studio Performance: Fleur D'Orange

Hind Benali, Artistic Director
On tour as part of Center Stage

"The multi-talented Hind Benali is at the forefront of the contemporary dance scene in Morocco."
--Morocco: Globalization and Its Consequences

Moroccan choreographer/dancer Hind Benali presents a studio showing and talks about her dramatic movement work exploring culture and religion.

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross Street

Friday, October 24, 2014

06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Panel Discussion - To Not Forget Crimea: Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars

Indigenous Ukrainian Perspectives of Crimea Post Russian-Invasion

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue

Friday, October 24, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Fall Faculty Dance Concert: To Not Forget Crimea - Uncertain Quiet

In response to recent political changes in Crimea, the premiere performance of "To Not Forget Crimea: Uncertain Quiet" by Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio explores issues of historical memory, home, and cultural narrative as they relate to the history of Tatars, indigenous Muslim inhabitants of Crimea, and their complex relationships with Ukraine and Russia.

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

Thursday, October 30, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert

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

Patricelli '92 Theater, 213 High Street

Friday, November 21, 2014

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

West African Dance Concert

Choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka is joined by students and guest artists for an invigorating performance showcasing the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, December 05, 2014

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Winter Dance Concert

Advanced student choreographers present recent works.

CFA Theater

Saturday, December 06, 2014

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Winter Dance Concert

Advanced student choreographers present recent works.

CFA Theater

Sunday, December 07, 2014

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Worlds of Dance Concert

Introduction to Dance and beginning dance students perform works of various styles, including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance).

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, February 06, 2015

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Compagnie Marie Chouinard

Pre-performance talk by DanceLink Fellow Chloe Jones '15 on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:30pm in CFA Hall.
"Dine/Dance/Discover" on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 5:30pm in Fayerweather Dance and Theater Studios--add $20 to your regular ticket price.

"The evening rose to the highest form of art, propelled by a choreographer operating at her creative peak."
--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Montreal's Compagnie Marie Chouinard returns to Wesleyan with the New England premiere of "Gymnopedies" (2013), created around the theme of the duet set to music by French composer and pianist Erik Satie; and the Connecticut premiere of "Henri Michaux: Mouvements" (2005-2011), featuring texts and visually arresting projected India-ink drawings from the book "Mouvements" by Belgian-born poet, writer, and painter Henri Michaux, and electroacoustic music by Canadian composer Louis Dufort.

Performance contains nudity and adult content.

A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. This event is also part of the Performing Arts Series.

CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace

Friday, February 27, 2015

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra

Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan graduate student Maho Ishiguro and Ari Palawi, Program Coordinator, Syiah Kuala University's Center for the Arts, at 7:30pm

"Dine/Dance/Discover" at 5:30pm in Fayerweather Dance and Theater Studios--add $20 to your regular ticket price.

"Tari Aceh! (Celebrate Aceh!)" at the Connecticut premiere of this group of nine female performers from Aceh, Indonesia on their first-ever tour of the United States. Their dances, inherited from their ancestors, are stunning in their synchronicity. They include rhythmic body percussion and the singing of both Islamic liturgical and folk texts, accompanied by percussion. The dancers are between the ages of 14 and 24, and study at Syiah Kuala University on the northernmost tip of Sumatra, Indonesia.

A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Presented in association with the Asia Society, New York. This event is also part of the Performing Arts Series, as well as "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue