Middlebury seniors present their final dances

MIDDLEBURY — Three dance majors will present their thesis concert “Ambidexterity” on May 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Middlebury College Mahaney Arts Center’s Dance Theatre. The evening will be shared by Caleb Green ’19.5, Lucy Grinnan ’19.5, and Maggie Phillips ’19 presenting their original dance work in an evening of poetry, intimacy, drama and scientific experimentation.
Autobiography of Red
Caleb Green ’19.5
Green is a joint dance and theater major exploring questions of authorship and self-determination with his and his collaborators’ devised play, “Autobiography of Red.” In it, Geryon, who is both a red-winged monster and a boy, grows up and falls in love with a boy named Herakles. The performance details Geryon’s relationship to family, art making, love and queerness. “Autobiography of Red” features the performance of Charlotte Cahillane ’19.5, John Cambefort ’21, Ami Furgang ’20, Haegan O’Rourke ’22, Micah Raymond, Madeleine Russell ’19, Christian Summer ’22, and Olivia Weisel ’22. Other collaborators on the project include lighting designer Sam Martin ’19, set designer Sarah Gratz ’19, and costume designer Tim Hansen ’18.
Lucy Grinnan ’19.5
Grinnan, a dance and classics joint major, has choreographed “Sentimentalia,” which re-embodies Grinnan’s translations of fragmentary female ancient Greek poets, exploring sentence structure, accumulation and interior architecture. Some dancers gradually messy the set, a teenage bedroom in the corner of the stage, around one dancer, as others move and speak in self-created solos and group forms based on specific poems. Through the process of translation, Grinnan explores the in-between space where personal and classical, distant past and lived present, and movement and text meet. Grinnan is joined on stage by Emma Lodge ’19.5, Mai Mai ’22, Chip Mayer, Maia Sauer ’22, Maddie Stewart-Boldin ’19, Ariadne Will ’22, and Shan Zeng ’19.
Double Take
Maggie Phillips ’19
Phillips, a dance and chemistry double major, creates at the intersection of art and science. Using chemistry bonding metaphors to produce movement, “Double Take” explores the dance of the particulate universe, an incomprehensible, intricate and beautiful chaos of motions. This piece questions the separation between scientific lab work and embodied research, expressing infectious orbits and kinetic energy transfer on an exploratory stage. The process has brought scientists Jess Masinter ’19, Tyler McDowell ’20, Yasmine Signey ’22, Erich Wu ’19, and Chloe Zinn ’22 onto the stage, alongside Maggie, resulting in collisions, touch, surprise reactions and special effects.
Green, Grinnan, and Phillips’s work exhibits their multidisciplinary creativity, showing a wide range of possibilities of dance expression. Performers will display a range of energies, from slow and serious to fast and frenetic, hitting everywhere in between. This diverse evening will be full of connection, sorrows and surprises.
Come support these emerging artists’ senior work and expand your mind on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the MAC’s Dance Theatre. A post-performance discussion will follow the Friday performance, and a reception will follow the Saturday performance. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; $8 for youth 18 and under; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are available by calling 802-443-MIDD (6433) or visiting go.middlebury.edu/arts.

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