James Downs, associate professor of history and American studies, will spend the 2015-16 academic year studying medical anthropology at Harvard University.
NEW LONDON, Conn. - OnStage at Connecticut College is proud to preview Kinodance Company´s "New London Calling," a film featuring 75 local students from New London´s Dual Language Arts Academy, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium. The preview will be followed by the company´s theatrical dance performance, "Denizen." "New London Calling" is an unscripted movement-based film that chronicles the young performers taking over the city of New London, playing unsupervised street games and creating rites and rituals. Their performance creates a sense of hope for the future but also a longing for the glorious past. "New London Calling" was filmed in September of 2009 as part of Connecticut College´s 2009 - 2010 Dayton Artist-in-Residence Program, a program that brings artists to the college to give the students the opportunity to further explore various artistic approaches and techniques. The preview will be immediately followed by a performance of "Denizen," which is also a part of the college´s in-residence program. The performance features five dancers, who each embody a distinct personality influenced by the mythical and ritualistic qualities of Armenia. A film, inspired by Armenian cinema and shot in Armenia, accompanies the dance performance "to create a theatrical experience with enormous dramatic impact." "The layering of emotionally potent choreography, exotic imagery, sounds, and staging add up to a daring and dramatically theatrical experience," The Boston Globe said of "Denizen." Kinodance Company is a Boston-based artist collaborative that merges dance, film and visual art. Kinodance was named one of the top 25 companies to watch in 2008 by "Dance Magazine." Tickets are $22, $18 and $15 for general admission; $20, $16 and $13.50 for seniors; and $11, $9 and $7.50 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://onstage.conncoll.edu or call (860) 439-ARTS. The Kinodance residency is funded in part by Citizens Bank and by the Arts Jobs program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and OnStage at Connecticut College is presented with support from Citizens Bank, Chubb Federal Insurance Company, The Day, Charter Oak Credit Union and The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Additionally, Kinodance´s film maker Alla Kovgan will present "Choreographing Cinema," a lecture that explores the history of dance film, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in Connecticut College´s Olin Room 014. The lecture is free and open to the public. About Connecticut College Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college´s 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit www.connecticutcollege.edu. --CC--
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