Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Tanya Tagaq in Concert with 'Nanook of the North'

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January 25, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

This event is sold out; a limited number of tickets may become available at the door.

Internationally acclaimed performer Tanya Tagaq will appear in concert in Pickard Auditorium, Bowdoin College at 7 pm on Sunday January 25, 2015. This avant-garde music sensation will create exciting new music against the backdrop of the Inuit film Nanook of the North. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Smith Union Information Desk on the college campus beginning January 19, 2015.

Tagaq is a ground-breaking performer who has taken the traditional Inuit throat-singing she heard growing up in Cambridge Bay in the Canadian Arctic and transformed it, infusing it with jazz, punk, and other contemporary music, to create an exciting new sound. Reviewers describe her performances as "fierce," "exquisite," "unnerving," and"emotionally gripping."

She evokes the sounds, visions, and emotions of the northern landscape with her remarkable voice. Tagaq has performed with musicians ranging from Bjork and the Kronos Quartet to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 she was awarded the Polaris Music Prize, one of Canada's top music awards, and her newest album, Animism, was listed as one of the top albums of 2014 by CBC Radio.

Nanook of the North, Robert Flaherty's classic 1922 silent film about life among the Inuit of northern Quebec, is regarded as one of the forerunners of modern documentary films. In 2012, Toronto International Film Festival commissioned composer Derek Charke, along with Tagaq, and her collaborators violinist Jesse Zubot and percussionist Jean Martin, to create a new soundscape for this silent classic. Drawing on her love of her northern home, Tagaq brings a depth of emotion and understanding to Flaherty's essentially colonial vision, reclaiming Nanook for contemporary Inuit.

This concert is presented by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center with support from the Departments of Music, Cinema Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology, Student Activities, the President's Office Wabanaki Initiative, and the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North was commissioned by TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of its film retrospective First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition.

For more information call Kristi Clifford at 725-3062, or visit the museum's web page www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum


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Evening Discussion with Jill Abramson, Former Executive Editor of 'The New York Times'

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February 4, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years inthe most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was thefirst woman to serve as Washington Bureau Chief, Managing Editor, and ExecutiveEditor. Before joining the Times, she was Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and aninvestigative reporter covering money and politics at The Wall Street Journalfor nine years.

She is the author of three books including Strange Justice, which she wrote withJane Mayer. Before joining Harvard's English Department as a lecturer teachingnon-fiction narrative writing, she taught undergraduate writing seminars atYale for five years and at Princeton.

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

Ticket info: Free and open to the public. Tickets are required and areavailable at the David Saul Smith Union Information desk, 207-725-3375.

Sponsored by: Gender & Women's Studies and the CharlesWeston Pickard Lecture Fund.

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"Dead Man's Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl

February 19, 20157:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

That commonplace gadget you are advised to turn off when the lights in the theater go down or when the plane takes off becomes a mysteriously powerful totem of transformation in Dead Man's Cell Phone, the beguiling new comedy by Sarah Ruhl.Masque and Gown's presentation, directed by Lane Sturtevant '15 and Noah Bragg '15, brings Ruhl's masterpiece to the Bowdoin audience.Tickets: Smith Union Information Desk (207-725-3375) beginning Feb 12, and immediately before the show at the Memorial Hall box office. Tickets are $3 for the general public, and $1 with a Bowdoin ID.Funded by the Student Activities Fund and donors to the Masque and Gown Fund.

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"Dead Man's Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl

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February 20, 20157:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

That commonplace gadget you are advised to turn off when the lights in the theater go down or when the plane takes off becomes a mysteriously powerful totem of transformation in Dead Man's Cell Phone, the beguiling new comedy by Sarah Ruhl.Masque and Gown's presentation, directed by Lane Sturtevant '15 and Noah Bragg '15, brings Ruhl's masterpiece to the Bowdoin audience.Tickets: Smith Union Information Desk (207-725-3375) beginning Feb 12, and immediately before the show at the Memorial Hall box office. Tickets are $3 for the general public, and $1 with a Bowdoin ID.Funded by the Student Activities Fund and donors to the Masque and Gown Fund.

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"Dead Man's Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl

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February 21, 20157:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

That commonplace gadget you are advised to turn off when the lights in the theater go down or when the plane takes off becomes a mysteriously powerful totem of transformation in Dead Man's Cell Phone, the beguiling new comedy by Sarah Ruhl.Masque and Gown's presentation, directed by Lane Sturtevant '15 and Noah Bragg '15, brings Ruhl's masterpiece to the Bowdoin audience.Tickets: Smith Union Information Desk (207-725-3375) beginning Feb 12, and immediately before the show at the Memorial Hall box office. Tickets are $3 for the general public, and $1 with a Bowdoin ID.Funded by the Student Activities Fund and donors to the Masque and Gown Fund.

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Theater Performance: 'Light/Dark'

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February 26, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Take an immersive journey through small-town America looking at the impact of light (and darkness) on people using poetry, music, science facts and scenes from playwright Will Eno’s Middletown. The strange beauty of life and its sometimes unbearable weight are considered with a screwball lyricism in a delicate, moving and wry amble along the collective road to nowhere. 

A devised piece with Tony award-winning lighting designer Chris Akerlind, directed by Bowdoin College professor, Davis Robinson.

Presented by: The Department of Theater and Dance

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Theater Performance: 'Light/Dark'

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February 27, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Take an immersive journey through small-town America looking at the impact of light (and darkness) on people using poetry, music, science facts and scenes from playwright Will Eno’s Middletown. The strange beauty of life and its sometimes unbearable weight are considered with a screwball lyricism in a delicate, moving and wry amble along the collective road to nowhere. 

A devised piece with Tony award-winning lighting designer Chris Akerlind, directed by Bowdoin College professor, Davis Robinson.

Presented by: The Department of Theater and Dance

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Theater Performance: Light/Dark

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February 28, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Take an immersive journey through small-town America looking at the impact of light (and darkness) on people using poetry, music, science facts and scenes from playwright Will Eno’s Middletown. The strange beauty of life and its sometimes unbearable weight are considered with a screwball lyricism in a delicate, moving and wry amble along the collective road to nowhere. 

A devised piece with Tony award-winning lighting designer Chris Akerlind, directed by Bowdoin College professor, Davis Robinson.

Presented by: The Department of Theater and Dance

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Abigail Killeen, Community Lecture: "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought"

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March 5, 201512:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

What is it, exactly, that actors do with text in performance? Can their work translate to all kinds of text, even text never meant to be performed? Assistant Professor of Theater Abigail Killeen says yes, and with her talk "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought" she exhibits how the actor's process embodies thought in a way that can serve all kinds of fields.

Killeen holds a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University’s Professional Actor Training Program. She trained with Master Teachers in the Stella Adler Technique, Suzuki, and Extended Voice with the Roy Hart Theatre in France. Additionally she has studied Eastern European physical theatre with the Double Edge Theater, Gordana Maric from the University of Belgrade and the award-winning Frantic Theatre Company in London. 

She is also an award-winning theater teacher (Outstanding Teaching Award, Brandeis University and a Karofsky Encore Lecture Recipient at Bowdoin College) and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Theater in the Department of Theater and Dance. She teaches acting, voice and Shakespeare.

A Community Lecture Series performance. Arrive at noon with a bag lunch. Refreshments provided.


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Chris Potholm: "A Closer View of Bowdoin's Civil War Monument"

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April 9, 20155:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Memorial Hall, Drake Lobby (102)

The construction of Memorial Hall generated more meetings, minutes, votes, and printed material than that of any of Bowdoin's other nineteenth-century buildings. The post-Civil War decades were financially difficult, yet despite fiscal stress there was a widespread urge in New England to build Civil War memorials, and in the seventeen years from its conception to its dedication, it was the only building project on the campus. Dedicated in 1882, it remains a reminder of those who had served during the Civil War.Chris Potholm, DeAlva Standwood Alexander Professor of Government, offers remarks on Bowdoin's Memorial Hall, built to honor Bowdoin alumni who had fought to preserve the Union.

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Ambassador Thomas Pickering '53, H'84: "Civil War to Civility: Bowdoin's Sons and Ending Strife-Then and Now"

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April 9, 20157:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Ambassador Thomas Pickering holds the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the United States Foreign Service. Over five decades, he served as the United States ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 2005, Ambassador Pickering became the fourteenth recipient of the Bowdoin Prize, the College's highest honor. In his presentation, "Civil War to Civility: Bowdoin's Sons and Ending Strife-Then and Now", he will speak about the peace reached on April 9, 1865 as part of the College's commemoration of the end of the Civil War.

Open to the public, free of charge.  

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Spring Dance Concert

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April 16, 20158:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

With music ranging from Puccini to Piazzolla, repertory courses play with the shape and formalities of social relationships - while composition students expose choreographic devices, scores, and sources through short studies and improvisations.

This season's concert features a duet choreographed by returning alumna, Natalie Johnson ('13), performed by guest artists Anna Hulse and Justine Lee, and danced to an original commissioned score by Norberto Oldrini.  Lighting is by Bowdoin alumnus, Tyler Micoleau ('92), a two-time Village Voice OBIE Award winner, who has designed lighting for opera, dance, and theater across the country, as well as in New York at venues such as Lincoln Center Theater and the Public Theater.

The Association of Bowdoin Friends will host a closing night reception, following the April 18 performance. The Spring Dance Concert is produced with support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street. Open to the public, free of charge.

FREE TICKETS. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk beginning April 1 (207-725-3375). Tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons should plan to be seated by 7:45 pm. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street.

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Spring Dance Concert

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April 17, 20158:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

With music ranging from Puccini to Piazzolla, repertory courses play with the shape and formalities of social relationships - while composition students expose choreographic devices, scores, and sources through short studies and improvisations.

This season's concert features a duet choreographed by returning alumna, Natalie Johnson ('13), performed by guest artists Anna Hulse and Justine Lee, and danced to an original commissioned score by Norberto Oldrini.  Lighting is by Bowdoin alumnus, Tyler Micoleau ('92), a two-time Village Voice OBIE Award winner, who has designed lighting for opera, dance, and theater across the country, as well as in New York at venues such as Lincoln Center Theater and the Public Theater.

The Association of Bowdoin Friends will host a closing night reception, following the April 18 performance. The Spring Dance Concert is produced with support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street. Open to the public, free of charge.
FREE TICKETS. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk beginning April 1 (207-725-3375). Tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons should plan to be seated by 7:45 pm. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street.

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Spring Dance Concert

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April 18, 20158:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

With music ranging from Puccini to Piazzolla, repertory courses play with the shape and formalities of social relationships - while composition students expose choreographic devices, scores, and sources through short studies and improvisations.

This season's concert features a duet choreographed by returning alumna, Natalie Johnson ('13), performed by guest artists Anna Hulse and Justine Lee, and danced to an original commissioned score by Norberto Oldrini.  Lighting is by Bowdoin alumnus, Tyler Micoleau ('92), a two-time Village Voice OBIE Award winner, who has designed lighting for opera, dance, and theater across the country, as well as in New York at venues such as Lincoln Center Theater and the Public Theater.

The Association of Bowdoin Friends will host a closing night reception, following the April 18 performance. The Spring Dance Concert is produced with support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street. Open to the public, free of charge.

FREE TICKETS. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk beginning April 1 (207-725-3375). Tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons should plan to be seated by 7:45 pm. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street.

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Common Hour with Museum Pieces

May 8, 201512:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Museum of Art, Steps

Museum Pieces, a Bowdoin tradition for more than twenty years, will conclude the 2014-2015 Common Hour series. The annual event celebrates the arrival of spring through dance and music provided by the Department of Theater and Dance, class projects, and independent student work.

For more information and to view the full Spring 2015 Common Hour schedule, please visit: Events and Summer Programs: Common Hour

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A Capella Concert

May 8, 20158:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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