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Izi Silverstein – TABITHA Performance

                                                    Des mots insensés
                                            [That You Will Understand]

Izi Performance poster Tabitha Senior Dance Thesis Performance

Directed by Izi Silverstein
Created and Performed by Jessica Breet, Aubrey Donisch, Izi Silverstein, and Jasmine Stanton

Please come join us this weekend for a 25 minute performance exploring kinetic empathy, static words, missed communication, cycles of disintegration and rebuilding, and digging to find each other from ourselves
Saturday, February 17 at 8:30pm
Sunday, February 18 12pm noon
Hepburn Teaching Theatre, Goodhart 
Reception to follow



(This event is free and open to the public, please feel free to share with friends and family!)

Tabitha Performance Group was founded in 1999 by Bryn Mawr dancer Emily Harney and visual artist Amanda Eicher for the purpose of presenting advanced student choreographic works in concert. It is funded through SGA with additional support from the Dance Program. The direction of the performance project is traditionally handed down to rising seniors who have demonstrated both ability and commitment to dance making within the Dance Program .
Here is Tabitha… a group named after and inspired by misidentification.” –Jessica Honig ’01

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THIS WEEK...February 1st through 3rd,  Bryn Mawr will be hosting Ralph Lemon,  among the more interesting dancer/choreographers in the past 2 decades.  He is a dancer, a choreographer, but is also a visual artist and curator and has been described as “a polymath and shape-shifter,” who “builds politically resonant and deeply personal projects” in collaboration with artists around the world.

Events are FREE for Tri-co community

MASTER CLASS… Thusday from 4:10-5:30.  He said that it’s not a technique class but more about creative process…asking ourselves questions about dance and dancing and making dances and then thinking and applying that to body, movement, space.  It’s a great opportunity to hang out with a really interesting artist and think about or try out some movement ideas.  He is very low key and interested in talking with and working with students.

CEREMONIES OUT OF THE AIR  (a lecture/performance), on Friday, February 2, at 8 p.m. in Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall. In Ceremonies Out of the Air, he merges live performance, storytelling, and film to invoke his long-standing exploration of the American South.

THE GEOGRAPHY TRILOGY SCREENING  with Ralph Lemon and special guests  on Saturday, February 3, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall.

Lemon’s The Geography Trilogy is a profound, and worldwide, 10-year inquiry into the social gravities of art, race, and identity at the turn of the 21st century. In addition to their performance, each work generated a book and a film.  All three of his films documenting the Geography Trilogy will be shown with commentary and readings by Lemon and close collaborators Katherine Profeta  (dramaturg) or David Thomson (performer) in-between. (Note, David did his first two plus years at as a student at Haverford College)  Drop in for one or stay for all.

1 p.m. Geography (1997)
3:30 p.m. Tree (2000)
5:45 p.m. Come home Charley Patton (2004)

Geography: a collaborative work about being American, African, brown, black, blue black, male, and artist. Lemon traveled to Africa in search of dancers and a new relationship to the stage. At every juncture the collaboration posed difficult questions about representing African dance and culture within the context of modern America’s post-slave heritage and his efforts to negotiate different dance traditions without either erasing or cementing them.

Tree: the second installment in Ralph Lemon’s critically acclaimed performance trilogy documents his travels through India, Indonesia, China and Japan as he retraces the Buddha migration map. “More artistic sociologist than mere traveler, Lemon kept journals, drew, collected ephemera, conducted informal interviews, and took photos as he explored performance traditions and met the performers with whom he would eventually choreograph an evening-length work. . .In the process, he worked through his own preconceptions and misconceptions about the people and the places he encountered.”

Come Home Charley Patton: Lemon’s final work in the trilogy returns him to the US where he journeys the mythic roads of migration in the Deep South searching out “narratives that do justice to traumatic memories like those of lynchings and the struggles of the civil rights movement; working with historical sources on the blues; and reinventing the theater as a space “filled with ancestors telling their stories.

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Thomas DeFrantz residency at Swat

 AT SWAT this week. . .The Black Magic of Living
The Black Magic of Living

Artist-scholars Thomas DeFrantz and Ni’Ja Whitson present dance works in response to the poetry of Jean Toomer and Marlon Riggs. DeFrantz and Whitson will conduct a two-week residency at Swarthmore College that will include a presentation of DeFrantz’s dance work CANE, a presentation of Whitson’s A Meditation on Tongues, master classes in contemporary dance vocabularies, and discussions with the campus community around historical and futuristic renderings of black contemporary performance.

As BMC was in the midst of our own mini-residency February 1-3 with highly acclaimed African-American dancer/choreographer/visual artist/writer/curator, Ralph Lemon, I’m posting the information from Sunday February 4 through February 10. . .Still lots of important discussions and performances and classes to attend!!

Public conversation between DeFrantz and Whitson
Sunday, Feb. 4, noon
Lang Performing Arts Center, Troy Dance Studio

Master class with Ni’Ja Whitson
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center, Troy Dance Studio

Master class with Ni’Ja Whitson
Thursday, Feb. 8, 4:30 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center, Troy Dance Studio

Ni’Ja Whitson public conversation
Friday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center, Cinema

A Meditation on Tongues performance
Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center,
Frear Ensemble Theater

A Meditation on Tongues performance
Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center,
Frear Ensemble Theater

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Saturday, December 9, 8 PM in the Hepburn Teaching Theatre, Goodhart  with works by Melanie Cotton, Laurel Card, Rebecca Malcolm-Naib, Olive Prince, Joe Gonzalez and Katherine Kiefer Stark…click here for more info.

and. . . .


Come see your friends, classmates, roommates in action!  PEM STUDIO

*Modern Ensemble/Olive Prince, choreographer   
Monday              December 11, 5 PM   
Beginning Ballet/Denise D’Angelo, instructor
Wednesday        December 13, 12:40
*Advanced Ballet/ Denise D’Angelo, instructor
Wednesday        December 13, 8:30PM
Ballet Ensemble/Felicia Cruz, choreographer
Thursday            December 14, 7:30PM
Dance Composition/David Brick, instructor 
Tuesday             December 19, 2:30
Senior Project in progress/ Izi Silverstein, choreographer 
Tuesday             December 19, 4:30
(*these works will be performed in the SPRING DANCE CONCERT in Goodhart on Fri/Sat April 27/28)

Class and ensemble showings run 10-20 minutes; Composition runs about 40-45 minutes.


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9  at 8 PM                   
Hepburn Teaching Theatre in Goodhart
(through the glass lobby)
FREE and open to the public




The Bryn Mawr Dance Program faculty are among the best professional dancers and choreographers in a city known for its excellent dance scene.  Come see them perform in their own works.



Melanie Cotton
, well known in the region for her hip hop innovations, and Latin dancer Laurel Card present a hip hop experiment that digs into the relationship between hip hop, Funk, African and Latin dance styles.

Independent choreographer Rebecca Malcolm-Naib‘s trio, take it / lose it, explores an intense world where control of oneself and others drives every relationship.

Olive Prince Dance presents excerpts from her quintet Of Our Remnants, inspired by a scene in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, before taking it to Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn.

Philadanco member Joe Gonzalez dances in a high-octane duet with fellow ‘Danco dancer Jah-Meek Williams.

Katherine Kiefer Stark, director of The Naked Stark, explores the layers of her visible whiteness and invisible Jewishness through movement and monologue in her solo What’s in a name? to the music of Stephen Sondheim, Billy Joel and klezmer.
For more information contact the Arts Office at 610-526-5210

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BEYOND BOUNDARIES: Feminine Forms – Artist’s Lecture/Lesley Dill

AS part of the College’s collaboration with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art on
Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms
The College is offering several events including an ‘Artist’s Lecture’, supported in part by a donor to the Dance Program, by Lesley Dill–visual artist and  Fellow of The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
December 8, 6:30pm, Thomas Great Hall

Check out the exhibition at Canaday,11 am – 4:30 pm daily in the first floor Rare Book Room. . .there through the semester.


Lesley Dill, Little Women (2005) BMC 2017.14.1,
Gift of Susan Bandes (PhD 1978)

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GURUMBÉ . . .Flamenco and Afro-Andalusia

Film begins at 5:30pm on WEDNESDAY, Dec 6, followed by live performance
Goodhart Music Room, BMC

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Questions about the Dance Program, Dance Courses for the Spring, Dance Major, Dance Minor???

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Dr. Mark Franko speaks at Bryn Mawr

On Wednesday, November 1, the Bryn Mawr Center for Visual Culture and the Dance Program sponsored a talk by eminent dance scholar, Dr. Mark Franko attended by faculty and students from the bi-co community as well as visitors to the campus.  The paper delivered, Can We Inhabit a Dance? Reflections on Dancing the ‘Bauhaus Dances’ in Dessau, focused on the original performances and subsequent reconstructions of Oskar Schlemmer’s late 1920s experimental “Bauhaus Dances” from the perspective of the spectator and the performer.  Anyone familiar with Dr. Franko’s work would not be surprised to find him, yet again, seamlessly blending the erudite and the experiential, and for those in the audience more conditioned to the still body reading at a lectern, what an informative surprise to see him intersperse his reading with dance gesture and vocalization.  His research for the paper drew on multiple disciplines—architectural and dance history, cultural studies, philosophy and more—but it also emerged from his own experiences dancing in Debra McCall’s 1994 reconstruction of the “Bauhaus Dances” that returned the performance of the work to its point of origin in a post-war restoration of Walter Gropius’s theatre for the Bauhaus in the east German city of Dessau just five years after the end of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany—restorations, reinhabitings, and reinventions on multiple levels.

So many questions were raised by Dr. Franko’s paper:  Can a dance reinhabit its originary space and, in a twist, what of the originary space remains in the dance/dancers performed/performing elsewhere; how do the dancers exhibit, dwell in, construct or influence the space and, how does the space press, summon, shape the dance/dancer; what is the relationship of all of this to the architecture of the Bauhaus building; what is the relationship of all of this to agency, particularly in those dances in which dancers are encased in a neutralizing costume that renders them readable as abstracted, marionette-like beings; and can the audience in its very presence or responses to  the dance/dancers also be conceptualized as space in its capacity to be a gestural shaper?  Given that these are just a few of the ideas explored and discussed, it is easy to imagine what an incredibly full and generative lecture this was. Our thanks to Mark Franko.

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Trip to Paul Taylor Dance Company Performance in Philadelphia!

Join the Dance Program on Saturday, November 4 at 8pm to see the legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia!

The company will perform three masterworks: Esplanade, set to Bach and showcasing vivid expressions of everyday movement; Company B, a dance evocation of the 1940s to the music of the Andrews Sisters; and Arden Court, a romantic and lyrical favorite.

It’s a chance to see landmark 20th century dance making and glorious dancing in an intimate theater where all the seats are good seats! Tickets are available at a group rate of $15 with FREE bus transportation included. Email your interest to Dance Program assistant Elizabeth Yost at ASAP!

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