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F&M Department of Theatre, Dance & Film will be presenting the 2013 Spring Dance Concert and Choreography showcase this weekend.
The Dance Concert will open tonight and last until Saturday (April 18-20), and will take place in the Roschel Performing Arts Center at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are availabe both online and at the Roschel Box Office.
The Choreography Showcase will take place on April 20 at 2:00 P.M. No tickets are required for the Choreography Showcase.
More information on this spring's dance events are to come.
You were lucky if you were one of the people who attended Martha Colburn's showcase in The Green Room Theatre tonight. Martha's films are exciting visual spectables bringing up issues about pop culture, consumerism, religion and the ever destructive human nature. We saw Myth Labs, Evil of Dracula, What's On, Triumph of the Wild and Don't Kill The Weatherman as well as several other shorts, each more thought provoking than the last.
Following the screening, Martha showed us some of the original artwork, which she hand made and manipulated to capture the animation effect on old school filmstock. The result is a unique juxtaposition of fast paced stop motion, the tangibility of real life objects and visual abstractness: in other words, you have never seen anything like this before!
Sponsored by the Office of the President, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is will be visiting F&M for the weekly Common Hour on Thursday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the Mayser Gymnasium.
Nottage received various awards including the Pulitzer Prize (Ruined), American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best Play (Intimate Apparel), OBIE Award (Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine), 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play (Ruined), Helen Hayes Award (Ruined), the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award.
She also received the 2007 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts.
She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is currently a visiting lecturer. She is a co-founder and producer at Market Road Films LLC, a film production company.
The event will be open to the public and free. No tickets will be required.
Directed by F&M Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Jennifer Conley, the dancers performed on February 23 as part of the University Partners Showcase, an event that featured six student groups from around the United States performing Graham classics.
Here is the quote of the mention: "Much more stageworthy was the company's recent installment of its University Partners Showcase, where dance students from various colleges and high schools performed Graham choreography taught by Graham veterans... these programs offered such rewards as 'Celebration,' the stirring and rigorous 12-woman work from 1934 staged here by Jennifer Conley for Franklin and Marshall College."
Congratulations to the F&M dancers!
With the F&M faculty's approval of the formal creation of a new academic major in film and media studies on Feb. 11, students have a new opportunity to explore the complex roles film and media play in modern society. Shepherded by the faculty's Educational Policy Committee, the new major is part of F&M'sDepartment of Theatre, Dance & Film. The major is available to current sophomores -- and juniors if they can meet the requirements in their remaining semesters -- and includes 11 courses that educate students in film history, criticism, theory and production.
"Film and media saturate the contemporary cultural landscape," said Eitzen, who chairs the film and media studies program at F&M. "Our students have grown up swimming in a sea of media, including iTunes and YouTube, and this major will help them navigate that sea more deliberately. We want the major to foster disciplined storytelling and critical thinking so students engage with media more effectively."
Rather than creating a "silo" major in film, Eitzen said the department designed the major to weave various disciplines together, a hallmark of a liberal arts education.
F&M Department of Theatre, Dance & Film will be presenting the 2013 Spring Dance Concert and Choreography showcase in April. The Dance Concert will take place on April 18-20 at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are availabe both online and at the Roschel Box Office. The Choreography Showcase will take place on April 20 at 2:00 P.M. No tickets are required for the Choreography Showcase.
More information on this spring's dance events are to come.
F&M Department of Theatre, Dance & Film will be presenting Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind on the 14-17 of February.
In the play, a sudden, brutal act of domestic violence throws two families into crisis. The poetic complexities of Sam Shepard's brilliant work rupture all notions of memory, love, and home in the American landscape. The original production won a New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play of the Year.
Feb. 14-16, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Feb. 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Roschel Performing Arts Center
The Fall Dance Concert at Franklin & Marshall College in November 2012 featured a reconstruction of "Celebration," a 1934 production by legendary American choreographer Martha Graham. But for the dozen F&M students who performed the piece, the "celebration" was just beginning.
Directed by F&M Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Jennifer Conley, the dancers are taking their show on the road -- to New York City's famed Joyce Theater, one of the premier dancing venues in the country. The students will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 as part of the University Partners Showcase, an event featuring six student groups from around the United States performing Graham classics.
On February 28, award-winning filmmaker Lauren Wolkstein joins Professor Andy Bragen and his "Writing the Short Film" class. Wolkstein will present three short films; Cigarette Candy, The Strange Ones, and Social Butterfly, followed by a discussion exploring the relationship between the scripts and the films.
Lauren Wolkstein was named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project's inaugural Emerging Visions Program at the 2011 New York Film Festival. Wolkstein received her MFA in film directing at Columbia University where her thesis film, Cigarette Candy, received the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director, Plum Pictures Most Promising Filmmaker Award, and Best Narrative Short at multiple film festivals including SXSW and Palm Springs International ShortFest.
On February 19, we welcome Sarah Ruhl as the 2013 Lapine Family Distinguished Dramatist. Sarah Ruhl, a MacArthur Genius Award winner and Pulitzer finalist, is one of America’s most important mid-career dramatists.
Her plays have been produced internationally in London, Germany, Australia, Canada and Israel, and have been translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German and Arabic. She was recently the recipient of the PEN center award for a mid-career playwright, the Feminist Press’ Forty under Forty award, and the 2010 Lilly award. She has been teaching playwriting at the Yale School of Drama this past year, and she lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Ms. Ruhl will give a lecture at 7:30 PM in Schader Theater in the Roschel Performing Arts Center. This event is sponsored by the Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artist Fund.
There is no charge but tickets are required for entry. Tickets may be picked up at the Box Office (open Monday through Friday noon to 6 PM), located in the Roschel Performing Arts Center off of College Avenue. Tickets can be reserved over the phone or via email but must be picked up at the Box Office by 6 PM Tuesday, February 19.
30,000 feet (5.68 miles!) cut into 1200 25' lengths of hanging cord are used for the show. Vinegar Tom opens October 25.
"Dance at F&M has been my favorite part of college. The dance department’s wonderful classes have helped me grow as a writer, thinker, and creator. I was fortunate enough to do an independent senior dance project combining both scholarly and movement research. I am so thankful for the countless opportunities the department and company have given me to choreograph since it is something I love to do. Dance Company has nurtured me as both a choreographer and performer. I have enjoyed every performance with Dance Company and I look forward to coming back to see their future concerts. Although I will be doing Teach for America in Las Vegas next year, I plan to continue dancing, choreographing, and creating for as long as I can."
"Coming to F&M, I was looking for a way to keep dance in my everyday life while also pursuing other academic interests. As a Dance minor, past President of the F&M Dance Club, and 4-year Dance Company Member, the experiences I have had throughout my years here have far surpassed anything I could have expected. In the classroom, I have benefitted from the individualized attention of my professors on a technical and analytical level. The Dance Company has given me opportunity to perform in both faculty- and student-choreography, and also to stage my own choreography twice for the Spring Dance Concert. Most of all, I have had the chance to collaborate with fellow students and professors to further my education and my love of dance. I have truly benefitted as a writer, a thinker, a dancer, and a person from these experiences. As I head to the University of Delaware for my M.A. and Ed.S. in School Psychology this fall, I will continue to watch, write, and talk about dance in my everyday life."
Professor Lynn Brooks' research on early American dance and theatre resulted in the publication of her book, John Durang: Man of the American Stage (Cambria Press). The book reveals the story of the first native-born American stage professional, dancer-actor-manager-teacher John Durang, and his dancing family. In telling Durang's story, narratives of early American politics, society, and theatre come to life.
Senior Dania Gelfond, who double-majored in dance and anthropology, performed her senior independent dance project, INSCRIBED, on April 1 anf 5 at the New College House. Her work investigated body modification techniques in four cultures around the world, incorporating anthropological research, art, live music, and the spoken word.
We are excited to announce that Amber Wong '14 was awarded a full merit scholarship to the 2012 Bates Dance Festival, a prestigious annual summer dance festival in Maine that brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work. It is sure to be an incredible experience for her. Congratulations Amber!
Pamela Vail (assistant professor of dance) took 18 students to the Northeast region American College Dance Festival at Penn State March 2-5, and her piece Pretense was selected for the gala concert! Pictured is the cast with Vail backstage (left to right): Jesse Pignatelli, Kate Hoffman, Amber Wong, Pamela Vail, Ashley Carbino, Kat Sullivan.