2018-19 onStage at Connecticut College Guest Artist Series Announced

Entering its second century of presenting performing arts for the community, the onStage Guest Artist Series at Connecticut College will kick off the 2018-2019 season on Sept. 29 with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, currently embarking on their fiftieth anniversary tour. 

“Each year, we select performances that not only entertain, but inspire and engage our audience as well,” said Robert A. Richter, director of arts programming. “We strive to bring in unique artists in dance, theater and music that challenge our audience while providing an unforgettable experience.”

The lineup for the season includes:

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

The Dance Theatre of Harlem was founded by acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Arthur Mitchell. He was inspired to give back to the kids of Harlem following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Fifty years later, the Dance Theatre of Harlem features treasured classics and innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture.

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

Theatre Re – “The Nature of Forgetting”
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

“The Nature of Forgetting” is the story of Tom – a middle-aged father struggling with the early stages of dementia. Theatre Re developed this moving piece on memory and amnesia by collaborating with a neuroscience professor and interviewing older members of their local community to create links between science and the real human experience. 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)

Lorelei Ensemble
Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Evans Hall

Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble is driven by their mission to advance and elevate women’s vocal ensembles and enrich the repertoire through forward-thinking and co-creative collaboration. The vocal ensemble comprises nine women who expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire. The group is recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventing programming, having commissioned and premiered more than 50 new works since its founding in 2007.

Tickets: $22; Seniors: $20; Students: $11 (General Admission)
Demonstration and discussion with Lorelei Ensemble: “Crafting a New Normal for Women in Music.”
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., 1941 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams

Pickup Performance Co(s) – “Radicals in Miniature”
Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Tansill Theater

Obie Award-winning playwright and performer Ain Gordon and percussionist Josh Quillen team up to recount the lives and influence of people that lived on the fringe of society. Through personal recollection, they honor individuals who made their mark on contemporary culture in the 1980s and 90s but who have disappeared from the historical records. According to The New York Times, Ain Gordon “haunts the margins of history…conjur[ing] the sort of distant lives that don’t make it into textbooks.”

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

Donal Fox, piano, and Quincy Troupe, poet – “Star-Spangled Banner Fractured”
Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Evans Hall

Pianist, composer and improviser Donal Fox and renowned poet Quincy Troupe offer a new collaboration, reuniting for the first time since their work together on Donal Fox’s 1997 album Gone City (New World Records), which The Green Mountain Jazz Messenger described as “powerful vernacular poems of African-American experience.” The program, “Star-Spangled Banner Fractured,” is a vehicle to inspire, educate and fuel dialogue in the critical fight for social justice in America.

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

For tickets and more information, call 860-439-2787 or visit the onStage Guest Artist Series website. Tickets may also be purchased online.

Top image: Dance Theater of Harlem Company Artists Jorge Andres Villarini, Jordan Kindell and Dylan Santos. Photo by Rachel Neville

August 24, 2018