Every year the department presents a wide variety of both theater and dance events, directed and choreographed by faculty and students. Recent faculty-directed productions include Brecht’s Drums in the Night, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life, Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays, Rodgers and Hart’s Babes in Arms, Thornton Wilder’s Skin of Our Teeth, and the original performance piece The Water Project, conceived by SITI Company member J. Ed Araiza. Students have directed an eclectic assortment of plays including Topdog/Underdog, Of Mice and Men, The Trojan Women, Hamletmachine, This is Our Youth, an adaptation of Pedro Juan Soto’s short-story collection Spiks, and the children’s musical Really Rosie. In addition to our two yearly dance concerts, students often choreograph and produce their own work. Recent student dance pieces include Vermillion, a multi-media performance combining dance with live and pre-recorded video, and Biome, another multi-media piece conceived in collaboration with biology and neuroscience faculty.
The department also hosts a range of performances, workshops, lectures, and demonstrations by visiting artists. Past guests include award-winning playwrights Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Edward Albee; actress-writer Anna Deavere-Smith; actress and SITI Company associate artistic director Ellen Lauren; Obie-winning performance artists Dan Hurlin and Paul Zaloom; political and theater activist Norma Bowles; and international touring artists such as 500 Clown, The Condors, and Javanese puppeteer Joko Susilo.
A number of nationally known dance companies, choreographers, and critics have visited Bowdoin in recent years. A partial list includes the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Merce Cunningham, David Dorfman Dance, Garth Fagan, Mark Morris, Pilobolus, Doug Varone, Trisha Brown Company, David Parker and the Bang Group, Susan Marshall Dance Company, and the Urban Bush Women. These professionals teach master classes and offer lecture-demonstrations as part of their visits to campus, and sometimes are commissioned to create choreography especially for the Bowdoin dancers.
Student projects and guest artists are funded by the generous support of the Ray Rutan Fund and the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.
Peruse our performance galleries
|End of Summer
|40th Anniversary Spring Dance Concert
|Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks
|A Little Night Music
|December Dance 2010
|Brecht’s Drums in the Night
|December Dance Concert
|Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life
|Openings - 38th Annual Spring Dance Performance - Spring 2009|
|December Dance Concert -
|Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure
|Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays