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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 Top Girls by Caryl Churchill Directed By Professor Abigail Killeen Thursday – Saturday March 1-3, 2012 7pm
End of Summer
November 2012
Top Girls
March 2012
40th Anniversary Spring Dance Concert April 2011 Venus by Suzan-LoriParks
40th Anniversary Spring Dance Concert
April 2011
Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks
February 2011
A Little Night Music November 2010 December Dance 2010 December 2010
A Little Night Music
November 2010
December Dance 2010
December 2010
Brecht’s Drums in the Night - Fall 2009 December Dance Concert - 2009
Brecht’s Drums in the Night
Fall 2009
December Dance Concert
2009
Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life - Spring 2009 Openings - 38th Annual Spring Dance Performance - Spring 2009
Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life
Spring 2009
Openings - 38th Annual Spring Dance Performance - Spring 2009
December Dance Concert - 2008 Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure Fall 2008
December Dance Concert -
2008
Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure
Fall 2008
365 Day / 365 Plays
Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays
Fall 2007