A note from the director

Portrait of Rob Richter '82, Director of Arts Programming.
Robert A. Richter '82, Director of Arts Programming

"This season we enter our second century of presenting the best in the performing arts at Connecticut College. The season is filled with world-class music, dance, theater, literature and visual art, presented by artists from a wide spectrum of cultural and creative backgrounds and perspectives. It is unique, eclectic and innovative programming designed to engage, entertain and inspire. You will not find programming like this anywhere else in the region.

Continue reading to learn more about what is ahead, and make your plans to celebrate the arts at Connecticut College!"

- Robert A. Richter '82, Director of Arts Programming

 


Events at a Glance

 

onStage Guest Artist Series, Dance

Dance Theater of Harlem: Artists Stephanie Rae Williams and Choong Hoon Lee in Return. Photo by Rachel Neville.
Image by Rachel Neville

Dance Theater of Harlem

Palmer Auditorium

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director

Dance Theater of Harlem is embarking on their 50th anniversary tour. Founded by Arthur Mitchell, an acclaimed principal dancer with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem brings new life to the art form of classical ballet. Performing a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African-American culture, the Company is known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions.

Tickets: $28; Seniors: $25; Students: $14 (General Admission)

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onStage Guest Artist Series, Theater

Scene from Theatre Re – “The Nature of Forgetting” by Danilo Moroni.
Image by Danilo Moroni

Theatre Re – “The Nature of Forgetting”

Palmer Auditorium

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

"Incredibly beautiful... 'The Nature of Forgetting' is an explosive, joyous celebration of remembering." - Exeunt Magazine

At the intersection of art and science, "The Nature of Forgetting" bursts with creativity, joy and heartache. Theatre Re has created a moving articulation of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real-life experiences. Through movement of great physicality and compelling live music, "The Nature of Forgetting" is the story of Tom — a middle-aged father struggling in the early stages of dementia. The piece, and Tom’s memories, are a life-affirming journey into a weakened mind, where broken does not have to mean defeated; a journey of shining humanity and celebration of a life well lived. A panel discussion will immediately follow the performance.

Presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Tickets: $24; Seniors: $21; Students: $12 (General Admission)

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onStage Guest Artist Series, Music

Portrait of Lorelei Ensemble

Lorelei Ensemble: "Crafting a New Normal for Women in Music"

1941 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

Demonstration and discussion with Lorelei Ensemble.

Boston's Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse vocal palette that defines the ensemble's "warm, lithe, and beautifully blended" sound (The New York Times).

Free Admission (General Admission)

 

onStage Guest Artist Series, Music

Portrait of Lorelei Ensemble

Lorelei Ensemble

Evans Hall

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

Boston's Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse vocal palette that defines the ensemble's "warm, lithe, and beautifully blended" sound (The New York Times).

Tickets: $22; Seniors: $20; Students: $11 (General Admission)

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onStage Guest Artist Series, Theater

Image by Paula Court

Pickup Performance Co(s). - "Radicals in Miniature"

Tansill Theater

Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019

Obie Award-winning playwright and performer Ain Gordon and percussionist Josh Quillen team up to recount and acknowledge the lives of people who lived on the fringe of society. Through personal recollection, they honor those individuals who made their mark on contemporary culture in the 1980s and 90s but who have disappeared from the historical record today. From the tax man to the cabaret legend John Sex, the stories are told with tenderness and honor. The performance stimulates us to reflect on and remember those individuals on the fringes of our own lives who impacted us greatly. A talk-back will follow each performance.

Tickets: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $10 (General Admission)

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onStage Guest Artist Series, Music, Literature

Headshot of Donal Fox by Lou Jones.
Lou Jones

Donal Fox, piano, and Quincy Troupe, poet - "Star-Spangled Banner Fractured"

Evans Hall

Friday, March. 29, 2019

Pianist, composer and improviser Donal Fox and renowned poet Quincy Troupe are reuniting for a new collaboration. The program, "Star Spangled Banner Fractured," is a vehicle to inspire, educate and fuel dialogue in the critical fight for social justice in America. The Green Mountain Jazz Messenger described their previous collaboration as "Powerful vernacular poems of African-American experience. These are not only enhanced by Fox's keyboard and string embroidery, but in effect turned into songs ... Fox is an astoundingly swift and alert collaborator, and his running pianistic commentaries reinforce Troupe's impassioned delivery of his works."

Tickets: $22; Seniors: $20; Students: $11 (General Admission)

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