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.

onStage - Martha Redbone – ‘Bone Hill: The Concert’

Martha Redbone – ‘Bone Hill: The Concert’

Evans Hall

Friday, April 6, 2018

“Bone Hill: The Concert” is inspired by Martha Redbone’s own life and the women who came before her; the lives of the Bone family members are told in songs that span a swathe of American music with a parallel history. In this song cycle, Redbone becomes the characters from four generations of a family in the hills of coal-mining Appalachia, and the musicians are the townsfolk. In telling their stories, the audience is taken on an epic, unexpected American exploration of family, history and cultural identity. The music is radically wide-ranging, from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass and blues, country, gospel, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and funk.

onStage - Torrey Pines; credit Clyde Petersen
Photo credit: Clyde Petersen

'Torrey Pines'

Evans Hall

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Based on a true story, “Torrey Pines” is a stop-motion animated bio-pic that chronicles the young life of director Clyde Petersen in southern California in the early 1990s. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, 12-year-old Petersen is taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it. “Torrey Pines” is accompanied by a live musical score performed by Petersen’s band Your Heart Breaks.

onStage - Sara Juli – ‘Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis’

Sara Juli – 'Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis'

Tansill Theater

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

"She had the audience laughing out loud as she lay bare her personal secrets." – Portland Press Herald

“Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis” is about motherhood—its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy and influence on the human experience. This solo performance uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother. “Tense Vagina” focuses on the seldom-discussed and taboo aspects of motherhood, such as libido, tears, monotony, loneliness and dildos.

onStage Ballet X, Spring, credit Iziliaev
Photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev


Palmer Auditorium

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

“Whether in the air, on their toes, or dashing to the ground, the dancers of Philadelphia-based company BalletX are technically brilliant and shine with vibrant personalities.”—The Boston Globe

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion and grace. The performance will feature the work of three choreographers: Jorma Elo, Cayetano Soto and Matthew Neenan.

onStage - David Dorfman Dance - Aroundtown

David Dorfman Dance-'Aroundtown'

Palmer Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

“Aroundtown” is a kinetic poem that examines the varied, unique and sometimes divided notions of LOVE—its meaning, purpose and platform. With original music, text and visuals, the work explores commitment, community and intimacy in times of violence and strife. DDD's trademark empathy, sly humor and bombastic physicality are harnessed to examine LOVE as both sociopolitical and intimate interactions.

onStage - Regina Carter Simply Ella, credit Christopher Drukker
Photo credit: Christopher Drukker

Regina Carter - 'Simply Ella'

Palmer Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

Sony Masterworks recording artist Regina Carter is the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. Regina’s newest album, “Ella: Accentuate the Positive,” and touring program, “Simply Ella,” mark the 100th birthday of a musical legend—the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald, the source of Regina’s musical inspiration and an influence she has cherished throughout her life.

onStage - A Far Cry with Simone Dinnerstein, Piano

A Far Cry with Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Palmer Auditorium

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. According to The New York Times, the self-conducted orchestra “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” For this concert, the orchestra is joined by pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The concert program spans the centuries and will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten and a newly commissioned piano concerto by Philip Glass.



The Civilians - “The Undertaking”
Maceo Parker
Rennie Harris Puremovement
ETHEL with Robert Mirabal - “The River”
SITI Company - “Room”
Matt Haimovitz, cello - “The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast”


Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Doug Varone and Dancers
Anonymous 4
Walnut Street Theater - "A Moon for the Misbegotten"
Howard Fishman Quartet
Sweet Honey in the Rock


Lucky Plush Productions – The Queue
New York Neo-Futurists – The Complete & Condensed Works of Eugene O'Neill, Vol. 2
Elaine Bromka – Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty
David Dorfman Dance
David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano
Regina Carter – Southern Comfort

2013-2014 Adele Myers & Dancers – Einstein's Happiest Thought
Pick Up Performance Co(s) – Not What Happened
Dublin Guitar Quartet
Imani Winds
Kathy Mattea
Orion Weiss, piano
Trisha Brown Dance Company
2012-2013 Cherish the Ladies
ETHEL with special guest Todd Rundgren
SITI Company – Trojan Women
David Dorfman Dance – Come, and Back Again
So Percussion
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
2011-2012 Mary Foster Conklin – The Melody Lingers On
Limon Dance Company
Mingus Big Band
L.A. Theatre Works – The Rivalry
Asphalt Orchestra 
Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland – Moby Dick
Brentano String Quartet – Fragments: Connecting Past and Present
AXIS Dance Company
2010-2011 Khmer Arts Ensemble – The Lives of Giants
Tiempo Libre
Christopher O'Riley, piano
Acoustic Africa – Guitarists Habib Koit, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum
Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland – Samuel Becket's First Love
SITI Company – Radio Macbeth
David Dorfman Dance – Prophets of Funk
Lionheart and Ethel – John the Revelator
2009-2010 Martha Graham Dance Company
Laramie Project 10 Years Later – An Epilogue
Dianne Reeves – Strings Attached
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
The Calder Quartet
Kinodance Company
The Acting Company & The Gutherie Theater’s Romeo and Juliet
2008-2009 Aquila Theatre Company
David Dorfman Dance
Brentano String Quartet with Peter Serkin, piano, and Richard Lalli, baritone
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Flanders Recorder Quartet
Danú — Traditional Irish Ensemble
Paul Taylor Dance Company
2007-2008 Noche Flamenca
Sara Juli – The Money Conversation
Aquila Theatre Company – Catch-22
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company – Chapel/Chapter
New Jersey Percussion Ensemble
Phil Kline – Fear & Loathing and Zippo Songs
The Acting Company – Moby Dick Rehearsed
Quartetto Gelato
2006-2007 Sweet Honey in the Rock
David Dorfman Dance – underground
Borealis Wind Quintet
Mandy Patinkin in Concert
The Flying Machine – Frankenstein
Anthony de Mare & Steven Mayer – American Piano: The Black Virtuoso Tradition
L.A. Theatre Works – The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial – Starring Edward Asner
Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Trio
2005-2006 Yunnan Reveal: Indigenous Music and Dance from China’s Land of Clouds
Turtle Island String Quartet and Ying Quartet
Vusi Mahlasela, South African Singer-songwriter
Hot Club of San Francisco – Silent Surrealism
Doug Varone and Dancers
Orlando Consort – The Rose, the Lily and the Whortleberry
The Civilians – Gone Missing
St. Lawrence String Quarter with Todd Palmer, clarinet
2004-2005 Regina Carter Quintet
33 Fainting Spells – Our Little Sunbeam
Chamber Music PLUS – Parallel Portrait Beethoven’s Nephew – Starring Jill Clayburgh
Wolfgang David, violin and David Gompper, piano
The Acting Company – The Turn of the Screw
Amelia Piano Trio
Urban Bush Women
Chamber Music PLUS – Parallel Portrait Sisters of the Garden – Starring Lynn Redgrave
Lionheart – Palestrina – Soul of Rome
2003-2004 Aquila Theatre Company – The Man Who Would be King and Othello
Academy of Ancient Music
SITI Company – War of the Worlds - the Radio Play
Pacifica String Quartet – the Elliot Carter Quartets
Doug Varone and Dancers
Habib Koité and Bamada
Connecticut College Chamber Players - faculty ensemble
Maya Beiser, cello – World to Come
2002-2003 Noche Flamenca
Emanuel Ax, piano
Theatre de la Jeune Lune – Hamlet
Boston Camerata, Camerata Mediterranea & Sharq Arab-American
Ensemble – Cantigas de Santa Maria
Ethos Percussion with Masters of Indian Music
Connecticut College Chamber Players – Faculty ensemble
Concertante – String Sextet
David Dorfman Dance
2001-2002 Meredith Monk – mercy
Bridgman and Packer – Carried Away
Vienna Choir Boys
Aquila Theatre Company – The Tempest
Connecticut College Chamber Players – faculty ensemble
Anoushka Shankar
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
2000-2001 Eileen Ivers
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet with Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Philharmonia of the Nations with Alban Gerhardt, cello
The Parsons Dance Company
Boston Camerata – Carmina Burana
The Auros Group for New Music
James McNeish, guitar
Los Tangueros – Pablo Ziegler and Christopher O'Riley
Jane Comfort and Company – Asphalt
Connecticut College Chamber Players – Faculty ensemble
Burhan Ocal and the Istanbul Oriental Ensemble
Michael Lipsey, percussion
Aquila Theatre Company – Cyrano de Bergerac
Maya Beiser, cello and Anthony deMare, piano
John Anthony, organ
1999-2000 Charleston String Quartet
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players – H.M.S. Pinafore
Connecticut College Chamber Players – faculty ensemble
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie with Emanuel Ax, piano
Eliot Fisk, guitar & Burhan Ocal, Turkish Music Specialist
New York Big Brass
Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf
Lydian String Quartet
Drummers of West Africa – Doudou N'Diaye Rose
Sanford Sylvan, baritone & David Breitman, piano – Glass Hammer by Jorge Martin (world premier)
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Rinde Eckert and the Paul Dresher Ensemble – Ravenshead
1998-1999 The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Mark Morris Dance Group
Claire Bloom, narrator & Eugenia Zuckerman, flute – Words and Music
Connecticut College Chamber Players – Tribute to Pierre Boulez
Vienna Choir Boys
The Acting Company – Tartuffe
Zephyros Wind Quintet
London City Opera – Die Fledermaus
Sydney Dance Company – Free Radicals
Chorovaya Akademia
Charleston String Quartet
Eroica Trio