CenterSeries presents
Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely featuring Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

Integrated Programming

Mt. Greylock Regional High School student workshop
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 panel with outstanding contemporary artists and critics to discuss questions surrounding why and how the "gender bias" exists in the performing arts industries of theatre, film, and television, and what might be done about it. The panel, moderated by Chair of the Williams Theatre Department Amy Holzapfel, will include: artist and performer Helga Davis, artistic director of Williamstown Theatre Festival Mandy Greenfield, designer Natalie Robin, artistic director of WAM Theatre Kristen van Ginhoven, New York Times Theatre Critic Alexis Soloski, and playwright Basil Kreimendahl.
Q&A with Rashida Braggs, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

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, percussion, and violin.

Michelle Dorrance’s dynamic company aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it: rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. She is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, a 2014 Alpert Award Winner, and a 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Winner.