Arts events tend to arrive at Middlebury in flocks around finals time, and this J-term is no exception. Yesterday, I wrote a lot about Lovesong of the Electric Bear (see previous post). I know more about Lovesong than I do about this J-Term’s other performances, but don’t let my informational bias narrow your options. Here’s some more information:
Dance Company of Middlebury: Proyecto República Dominicana
I won’t be able to make this one, but you should. Here’s what a cast member, Liz Boles (’10) told me about the show:
The first half is a completely improvised collaboration between the dancers, musicians and lighting designer. The second half … includes two duets and a quintet based on the theme of childhood memories.
During the last week of J-term, the company will travel to the Dominican Republic to teach dance workshops to elementary school kids and perform with Grupo de Teatro Balsamo, a Dominican theater company. One goal is to compare attitudes about the arts in Middlebury and the D.R.
Friday and Saturday (1/22, 1/23), 8:00, CFA Dance Theater. There will also be a free open dress rehearsal Thursday (TONIGHT) at 8:00.
Wild Party (Musical)
Yet another performance-as-coursework. Wild Party is the Music Department’s J-term musical, written in 2000 and based on a 1928 book-length narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March. The heyday of Vaudeville, a reckless love story, a party to end all parties — at Middlebury in midwinter? Should be interesting.
Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday (1/22, 1/23, 1/25, 1/26), 8:00, Town Hall Theater.
Middlebury College Orchestra
The Music department also offers its support to this concert. The group will perform Eroica, Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 in E flat. An underappreciated Middlebury insitution in a beautiful space — what more can I say?
Friday (1/22), 8:00, CFA Concert Hall. Free.
How You Livin’?
Not exactly an arts event, but worth mentioning:
Members of the College community share their basic beliefs and ideas with anyone who will come and listen.
The generic description makes it sound almost inane, but the more I think about it, the more interesting it seems. How often are we allowed, let alone invited, to explain who we are to an audience of our peers? I know I have a few monologs I’ve thought up while shaving or brushing my teeth; maybe this is the time to let them out. Here’s an article from the Campus about last year’s event.
Sunday, 2:00, Warner Hemicycle. Email email@example.com for more information about how to participate.