Please join Forklift artists and Dining Services for a free screening of both the making and the performance of “Served.” Both short films were created by Williams’ Director of Videography Jay Corey. Reception to follow each screening. Relive the magic of Dining Services’ performance! All are welcome.
NO TICKETS REQUIRED- limited seating Sex trafficking is often misconceived as an epidemic affecting only women and children of Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and other Third World countries. However, in reality, human trafficking for sexual exploitation affects men, women, and children of all genders worldwide. In Wanted, choreographer Nikki Pérez ’18 and her cast showcase the realities
“N’ihu N’ạzu N’ạzu N’ihu” Igbo for “forward backwards, backward forward.” Translation: forward backwards, backward forward This year Kusika invites alumnae to join us as we revisit dance and music from three decades of study and performance. We will reconstruct master musician/composer Kweyao Agyapon’s dynamic Appel as a full company work for the djembe orchestra, continue
The Williams Theatre Department is proud to present Purple Valley Plays, original works for the stage written, directed, designed, and performed by Williams students. Back for a third year, Purple Valley Plays continues the Theatre Department’s tradition of incubating new work and cultivating the next generation of theatre artists. Presented in two programs, Purple Valley
CoDa (Contemporary Dance Ensemble) strives to educate and inspire through the creation and performance of repertoire and new work by faculty, guest artists, and students. The spring program includes Martha Graham’s 1934 Celebration, restaged by Erica Dankmeyer. With a score by Graham’s longtime collaborator Louis Horst, Celebration is an abstract work of stark physicality, showcasing Graham’s early technique and
This year, Dhamaka presents “Meri Ami Ki Dhol” (My Mother’s Drum)! This dance show tells a story of twins separated at birth, perpetuating tradition, and most importantly a necessary critique of the Bollywood industry. Come join us as we delve into deeper social issues concerning Bollywood during a night of beautiful South Asian dancing. You
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is
Join Sankofa for their spring performance – Kofa High! The foundations of contemporary stepping emerged in the United States during the 1900s as an aspect of performed self and group affirmation for African-American Greek letter sororities and fraternities. At Williams, this history began in 1996 when five students introduced the tradition to friends. As
For over twenty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought- provoking comedy for print, stage, radio, online and television. A legend in the stand-up community, Maron has appeared on many television talk shows, including David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Charlie Rose and Bill Maher and Conan O’Brien. On the small screen, Maron’s critically
Written by Molière, Translation by Richard Wilbur, Directed by David Eppel Performance review from alumni Kate Abbott. This performance of Molière’s Tartuffe contains theatrical representations of some forms of sexual harassment and attempted sexual assault. Please be advised. Come see a play about a family Who argued back and forth like you and me They had
This symposium, hosted by the Williams College Dance Department, approaches dance and performance as an interdisciplinary method, site of inquiry, and medium of learning. It will bring together scholars and practitioners from Williams College and beyond who utilize movement-oriented performances to engage with disciplines as diverse as sports and martial arts, theater, music, sciences, arts,
The Ars Nova Production Of:“Underground Railroad Game”by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special, Directed by Taibi Magar
Underground Railroad Game contains sexually explicit material, strong language, and mature themes. Because of the challenging nature of the material we suggest audience ages 18 and up. Questions about what you’re in for? You can reach out to Producing Director, Randal Fippinger for more info. Created by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard, Directed by Taibi Mager
Everyone is invited to dance it up and feel the heat blazing from that fire we call Club Zambezi Dance Party! If you’ve never been to the CZDP, you are in for a real treat. Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring the family to listen and dance to the amazing music of Zambezi Marimba Band. Zambezi
Many shows will appear sold out online. We will always have a wait-line for those shows. Unclaimed tickets will be released to this line five minutes before curtain on a first come, first served basis. We have an excellent record of getting the audience on the wait line into shows. Wait lines usually start forming
I/O FEST 2018 NEW YEAR…NEW MUSIC presented by the Williams College Department of Music January 11-13 ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance January 14 The Clark Institute of Art Matthew Gold, artistic director; Leonard Bopp ‘19, student director; Kate Soper, composer in residence; Fresh Squeezed Opera, guest ensemble All events are FREE and open to
Ritmo Latino is Williams’ only Afro-Latin dance group, founded in 2006. For many years most of Ritmo’s performances have occurred at either Dodd or Goodrich, but due to the construction on campus, we have the opportunity to perform at the 62 CTD. This year, Ritmo Latino’s fall showed is titled, “Bailando with the Stars,” to
You are invited to join the Dance Department for Pachedu, our annual (F)all concert. Pachedu, meaning “among ourselves” in the language of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, features all-department ensembles, including CoDa, Kusika, Sankofa, and The Zambezi Marimba Band, performing repertoire and new works in progress.
The Williams Theatre Department is proud to present Sarah DeLappe’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist play, The Wolves. Somewhere in suburban America, a girls’ soccer team dribbles and scrimmages, their voices echoing off the high ceiling. They are claiming territory, cleats digging into the AstroTurf. This play is a shout; an all-female cast navigates the pitfalls
by Archibald MacLeish Directed by Rob Hefferon ’18 “A successful American industrialist survives unspeakable and unexplainable disasters, ultimately confronting God, in Archibald MacLeish’s Pulitzer Prize-winning update of the Book of Job, which is re-told within the framework of a circus sideshow performance.” (Playbill)
Williams Dance Department is proud to present Netta Yerushalmy in residency and a preview performance of Paramodernities #2 & #3. Paramodernities is a multidisciplinary project. It is a series of lecture-performances, or dance-experiments, generated through deconstructions of landmark modern choreographies, performed alongside contributions by scholars and writers who situate these iconic works and artists within
The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture to commemorate distinguished scholars. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an author and social justice scholar who specializes in education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. Her most recent book is Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016). Dr. Morris is the Founder and President of the National
US premiereTero Saarinen Company: “Morphed”Choreography by Tero Saarinen, Music by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Tero Saarinen, one of the world’s most renowned contemporary choreographers, brings his powerful and expressive style to Morphed, a new work with music by Esa-Pekka Salonen. A band of seven men seduce, demand, and swagger, with both music and movement ranging from brutally aggressive to meditatively soft and minimalistic. Saarinen has written an all-male piece
A comedic family-friendly celebration of the Williams first-year experience. Appearing annually since time immemorial, Frosh Revue features 10 energetic freshman stars and an hour of zany fun in this traditional fall offering from the Williams Community.
Dr. Mae C Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut who became the first woman of color in the world to go into space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Serving six years as a NASA astronaut, Dr. Jemison is an icon of both the women’s rights and civil rights
“A People’s History of Performance Art”Written and Directed by David Levine, Designs and Installations by Marsha Ginsberg
What’s the difference between theatre and performance art? When do objects “act” better than actors? Why is Kendall Jenner imitating Yoko Ono? Join us for a new collaboration between the Theatre Department and Williams College Museum of Art that aims to investigate the history (and histrionics) of performance art. Accompanied by the gallery exhibition Active
For more than 30 years, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Garrett has garnered critical recognition for his versatility in jazz, blues, and R&B contexts. The Detroit native began his career performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Mel Lewis Orchestra. In the early 1980s, Garrett began working with Miles Davis, becoming a member of Davis’
Panelists Bryan Doerries Director, Antigone in Ferguson Taibi Magar Director, Underground Railroad Game Rebecca Schneider Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University Moderator Amy Holzapfel Chair, Associate Professor of Theatre The discussion will be about the politics of participatory performance, and the lessons and practices it can
Sarah Bernhardt’s Handkerchief, a drama in one act written and performed by Carol Ockman, Professor of Art History, ricochets from the thrill of appearing live on stage with Cherry Jones and Debra Winger to the hell of returning to her father’s suicide 20 years after the fact. “The decision first to write about trauma in
Directed by Bryan Doerries, Composed by Phil Woodmore Both compelling theatre and searing social justice project, Antigone in Ferguson is a radical and unlikely staging of Sophocles’s classic tragedy, conceived in response to the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Antigone’s themes of integrity and human folly, set down in the fifth century
Sankofa is Williams College’s step team founded by two female students in 1996. The now co-ed team performs stepping, a percussive dance form created by black fraternities in the mid-1900s that is influenced by military drill, South African gumboot, West African dance, and hip-hop. The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana; in English it means
Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? Is it possible to curtail moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? In his eye-opening play, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family collapsing under the weight of its own mistakes and avalanching toward final disintegration. The play surged in popularity after a screen adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, for which both
Since 1986 Kusika has thrived as a place for students, faculty, and artists interested in the study and performance of traditions, concepts, and material from Africa and the diaspora. We are a community that shares a repertoire of traditions in dance, music, and storytelling that embraces the innovations characteristic of the global impact of the African continent. Our
Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist known for her immersive multimedia installations, which focus on the interactivity between humans and the natural world. Her works include Coral: Rekindling Venus, an examination of the ecologically threatened biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef, and Evolution of Fearlessness, an intimate portrait of 10 refugee women. Her most recent work
Launch into spring with CoDa! Spring Loaded features provocative, original premiers in a shared bill of works by dancers and the directors. The CoDa artistic lab has yielded a diverse program of new works by student choreographers Alexia Barandiaran, Alexandra Krstic, Grace Mazzarella, Nyla Thompson and Maria Vicent Allende. The company’s artistic directors will each
A desperate rumination on what it means for a woman to step out on the stage. Created and performed by Mia Georgina Hull ’17 as a part of her Honors Thesis in Theatre.
REMNANTS, a one-man show, written and performed by Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan, is based on twenty years of the playwright’s conversations with Holocaust survivors. In his award-winning play Greenspan recreates moments in which survivors reflect not only on the destruction but also on their lives in the aftermath. The play is followed by a discussion between playwright and audience. The
Hosted by Associate Professor of Theatre Omar Sangare, and Lipp Family Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in Dance Sandra Burton Pablo Aran Gimeno, most notably known as a dancer from the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, and currently serving as a choreographer for the August: Osage County production at Williams Theatre, will give a workshop in movement for
Hosted by Associate Professor Omar Sangare Brian Nocella, U.S. representative for the acclaimed London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), will be holding an information session for students interested in studying theatre in LAMDA. The info session will cover opportunities for training abroad for a summer, semester or post-graduation at LAMDA specifically as well as
This Event is SOLD OUT There will be a wait line at the door for tickets unclaimed 10 minutes before curtain. In an age where fame itself has become the ultimate goal, Blue Moon over Memphis examines how popular culture crafts its idols and then swiftly discards them. One of America’s first celebrity casualties; Elvis’s
Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays as a catalyst for guided discussions about the visible and invisible wounds of war. Using Sophocles’ plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the impact of war on individuals, families, and communities, these events are aimed at generating
CenterSeries presentsDorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely featuring Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
The Blues Project is a collaboration between Dorrance Dance, led by the extraordinary choreographer Michelle Dorrance, and award-winning musician and composer Toshi Reagon featuring Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. The show features some of today’s finest tap artists, whose percussive movement becomes a visual and aural conversation with music performed live by Reagon and a band featuring acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums,
Panel with Helga Davis, Alexis Soloski, Basil Kreimendahl, Mandy Greenfield, Kristen van Ginhoven and Natalie Robin: Breaking the Glass Grid: Gender and Transgender Bias Across the Performing Arts Industry
Moderated by Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Amy Holzapfel Despite women being a majority of Broadway audiences, only one in five new plays opening on Broadway this season were written by women, and even fewer were directed by women. None were written or directed by transgender identified artists. Join us for a lively and timely
Dance Dhamaka presents a fun night of Bollywood magic! Come see Aik Kahani, the final performance of Williams’ only Bollywood dance group. The dances will follow an original coming-of-age story written by Dhamaka’s own dancers, about arriving at college, facing tough decisions, and pursuing your passion. Entertaining and family-friendly, the show will feature student choreographies and some of
presented by the Williams Program in Teaching and the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance If play is essential to children’s development, what can the politics of the games we play teach us about how we construct culture and identity? Join the makers of Underground Railroad Game at the ’62 Center for board games, dolls
CANCELED due to weather The 12th Sankofa Step Competition is here! Teams from all over the northeast will compete for the grand prize. It’s the start of Sankofa’s 20th anniversary season, come join us for a night of celebration of step in all its forms.
It was Anton Chekhov’s countryman Leo Tolstoy who famously asserted that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Uncle Vanya presents a precisely unique and evocative vision of familial longing, strife, desire, and regret. Chekhov himself observed that “any idiot can face a crisis; it is the day-to-day living that wears us out.” The Theatre Department’s
Zambezi marimba band plays music of the world with heavy African influence. Come and enjoy the diversity, happiness and rush of the worldly song. Bring your dance shoes on and no holding back it’s party time. Founded in 1992, Zambezi has been inspired by traditional Zimbabwean music as well as contemporary African styles. Zambezi’s chromatic
Fringe First Award Winner Baba Brinkman is the world’s first and only “peer reviewed rapper,”bringing science to the masses with his unique brand of hip-hop comedy theatrics. In Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, Brinkman breaks down the politics, economics, and science of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the energy economy. A trailblazer in the genre
More information here Presented by the Williams College Department of Music: 4 Days and Nights of the Music of Now. All events are FREE and open to the public. Matthew Gold, artistic director The student led IOTA Ensemble performs Michael Gordon’s Yo Shakespeare and works by Angélica Negrón, Anna Clyne, Alex Mincek, and current and
More information here Presented by the Williams College Department of Music: 4 Days and Nights of the Music of Now. All events are FREE and open to the public. Matthew Gold, artistic director Tom Johnson’s Nine Bells, performed by Ed Gollin
More information here Presented by the Williams College Department of Music: 4 Days and Nights of the Music of Now. All events are FREE and open to the public. Matthew Gold, artistic director A program highlighting the New York based TAK ensemble’s maximalist virtuosity in works that live in their own visceral and imaginary sound
More information here Presented by the Williams College Department of Music. 4 Days and Nights of the Music of Now. All events are FREE and open to the public. Matthew Gold, artistic director Thursday, January 12 Bernhard Music Center, Room 30 4:15 Faculty Talk Prof. Ed Gollin: Musical Process in Tom Johnson’s Nine Bells Friday,
More information here Presented by the Williams College Department of Music: 4 Days and Nights of the Music of Now. All events are FREE and open to the public. Matthew Gold, artistic director Bad Planets performs late night music to wake you up. Soul stirring works by Frederic Rzewski, Anthony Braxton, and Charles Mingus, and
More information here Presented by the Williams College Department of Music: 4 Days and Nights of the Music of Now. All events are FREE and open to the public. Matthew Gold, artistic director Hans Abrahamsen’s recent masterpiece Schnee (Snow) and music of Tristan Murail and Zachary Wadsworth.
Join us this November for Pachedu: An Interactive Guide. While showing a diverse range of works in progress by faculty and students in Dance and Music, we will also reveal the inner workings of the performance, from both technical and artistic viewpoints, share some secrets, and otherwise demystify the concert experience.
If the earth could speak to us today, what would it say? Would it manifest itself to us openly and benevolently for the sake of healing, or would it appear mysteriously and malevolently via totemic signs and occult channels: a protean assassin seeking vengeance? British playwright Caryl Churchill explores this horrifying question by charting the machinations of its
“Madame will wear the red dress.” Jean Genet’s The Maids teeters on the knife’s edge between existentialist drama and sadomasochistic fantasy, surreal composure and eleventh-hour desperation, structure and effluvium. In one room, one act, and one evening, the maids turn and overturn their dominance—Madame willing or not. A play on power directed and with scenic
CenterSeries presentsOctavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower(a work in progress)Music and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon Directed by Eric Ting
With: Tariq Al-Sabir, Heather Christian, Curtiss Cook, Jr., Tomas Cruz, Helga Davis, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Carla Duren, Stephanie Hsu, Morley Kamen, Carl Hancock Rux, Karma Mayet Johnson, Josette Newsam Marchak, Shayna Small, Jason C. Walker. Musicians: Bobby Burke, Fred Cash, Jr., Eric Cooper, Juliette Jones, Adam Widoff Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower is
Physical Lab is an international laboratory created for young artists interested in performing arts. The point of entry is the body. Through physical grounding techniques the performers enter an exhilarating state of presence and become a vessel where energy, body, and voice are free and in flow. The methodology focuses on physical and vocal training, exploration of impulses, ensemble work, improvisation,
CANCELED Co-presented with the Clark Art Institute at the Conforti Pavilion Jennifer Homans is the author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet and she recently published a biography of George Balanchine,George Balanchine: A History. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, where she is also a Distinguished Scholar.
SOLD OUT Members of the from New York City Ballet return to Williams—first performing at the ’62 Center in 2005 to help kick off its inaugural season—with a mixed program of repertory that will reflect the evolving nature of the Pas de Deux over the past two centuries by presenting classics such as August Bournonville’s La Sylphide and
Dialogue ONE Theatre Festival is the longest-lasting annual event in the Department of Theatre at Williams. Created by prof. Omar Sangare, the festival invites performers to experience the possibilities of storytelling by sharing their reflections and discoveries on stage. 2016 Dialogue ONE presents: “Namely, Muscles,” performed by Claire Porter on October 23 at 7:30pm, Directing Studio, ’62 CTD – open to
Family Days brings hundreds of curious visitors to campus just in time for Frosh Revue, a comedic family-friendly celebration of the Williams freshman experience. Appearing annually since time immemorial, Frosh Revue features ten energetic freshman stars and an hour of zany fun in the traditional fall offering from Cap and Bells. Directed by Isabel Benjamin
The Williams College Outing Club is hosting the 2016 ALDHA Gathering on Campus from October 7th-9th. Featured speaker: Hiker Niki Rellon, the “Bionic Woman” will speak on October 8th. After a tragic accident in 2013 led to a below-the-knee amputation, Niki made history in 2015 when she became the first female amputee to complete an A.T.
The Dance Department is pleased to welcome back to Berkshire County H. T. Chen and Dancers in a residency exploring their new work South of Gold Mountain which is an interpretation based on the images and oral histories of the Chinese who settled in the southern states prior to WWII. Lesser known were the Chinese who came to the southern states to
Maya Zbib and Omar Abi Azar from Zoukak Theater Company, a socially engaged performance collective based in Beirut, will lead a two-week performance creation workshop with a group of students from Williams College on a proposed theme. The workshop will include writing, improvisation and composition exercises, and the final performance will be based on the material generated by
Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy. Taken with Albert’s fire and passion bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton, of the band Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section, volunteered to play on and produce his
David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. Born in Washington, he came to Baltimore in 1983 to work as a crime reporter at The Baltimore Sun. While at the paper, he reported and wrote two works of narrative non-fiction, Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets and The Corner: A Year in
Van Jones is a CNN political contributor, regularly appearing across the network’s programming and special political coverage. Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, Rebuild The Dream, and The Dream Corps, which promotes innovative policy solutions. Jones is a Yale-educated attorney.
CoDa is dedicated to the continued development of dance on the campus and in the community by fostering collaboration across artistic and academic disciplines. By integrating the foundational techniques of modern and ballet with contemporary and popular forms of movement, music, and multimedia, we create an environment for the creation and performance of original work
1789. With France on the verge of revolution, a young Madame Tussaud, Marie Grosholz, is called from her post at Versailles back to Dr. Curtius’ Wax Salon in the heart of Paris. There she is introduced to the most influential people in Paris, including Maximilien Robespierre, who takes a particular interest in her art. As
Sankofa is Williams College’s step team founded by two female students in 1996. The now co-ed team performs stepping, a percussive dance form created by black fraternities in the mid-1900s that is influenced by military drill, South African gumboot, West African dance, and hip-hop. The word Sankofa is from the Akan language of Ghana that
In an Orange, New Jersey clock factory in 1926, newly discovered radium was hailed as a miraculous panacea, invaluable to industry and essential to progress in the modern world. Yet the element’s destructive effects were not yet known, resulting the deaths of women who painted the surfaces of watches with radium powder paint. D. W.
CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS Poet, playwright, teacher, mentor, activist, warrior. All these roles describe Sonia Sanchez, who believes in writing as both a personal and political act and who raises her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, and women’s liberation. She is among the earliest poets to incorporate urban black English into
In April 2015, Kusika and Zambezi members performed in New York City as part of a celebration of The Clark Center for the Performing Arts at the historic 92nd Street Y and returned to Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out stage in July. We are continuing to expand our study of dance and music from the African continent
Music by Judd Greenstein Libretto by Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith Choreography by Will Rawls Direction and Animation by Joshua Frankel Co-produced by Three-Legged Dog and New Amsterdam Presents This is a story about New York City, and about cities, in general. It’s a story about the people who live in those cities and
— God damn you to hell, Sir, no, it’s indecent, there are limits! In six days, do you hear me, six daysGod made the world. Yes Sir, no less Sir, the WORLD! And you are not bloody well capable of makingme a pair of trousers in three months! — But my dear Sir, my dear
Local high school classes will be working with the opera’s education director to explore the opera’s theme of urban impermanence through discussion and art making.