Category Archives: Dance

Faye Driscoll: “Thank You for Coming—Attendance”

Faye Driscoll, Thank You For Coming work in progressFrom the CFA:

“Thank You For Coming,” a series of works by choreographer/director Faye Driscoll, focus on how you experience
yourself in relation to other bodies and the spaces you inhabit. During the Connecticut premiere of “Attendance,” dancers pass through ever-morphing states of physical entanglement. Intimately staged in the round, Ms. Driscoll crafts a heightened reality of observation, invitation, and interdependence. The audience and performers share a dynamic, joyful ritual of action and transformation. Ms. Driscoll was Wesleyan’s 2014-15 Creative Campus Fellow in Dance.

“Exhilarating, uninhibited, and adventurous.” — The Brooklyn Rail

Pre-concert talk by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellow Djiby Sall ’16 on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:30pm in Memorial Chapel. Performances on Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 pm.

Dates: Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14
Times: 8 PM Friday, 2 PM and 8 PM Saturday
Place: ’92 Theater
Cost: $25 general admission; $23 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

West African Drumming and Dance Workshop

Another cool event at the CFA:

Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka teach a joyful and engaging workshop in Ghanaian drumming and dance. No experience necessary. Students are encouraged to bring their families and friends.

Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 7:30PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Orient, Disorient, Reorient: Asian American Arts Festival

aasc arts festivalFrom Harim Jung ’16:

Come join the Wesleyan Asian American Student Collective (AASC) during Homecoming/Family Weekend, as we celebrate our first annual Asian American Arts Festival, “Orient, Disorient, Reorient.”

The AA Arts Festival aims to create a safe space for the creative expression of Asian American students and the Asian American experience, while challenging the norms, stereotypes, and expectations pressed upon Asian & Asian American Artists, as well as the exoticization and exploitation of “Asian-ness” in the arts at large.

The festival will include:

  • Visual Arts Gallery in Ziklha South Gallery, which will feature artwork by students and run from Friday, November 6th through Friday, November 13th
  • Opening Reception and Gallery Walk in Zilkha South Gallery on Friday, November 6th from 4-5PM
  • Performing Arts Showcase in Crowell Concert Hall on Friday, November 6th from 7-9PM, featuring music, dance, slam poetry, and spoken words performances by students, as well as a featured guest performance by LA-based AA rapper & spoken words artist, Jason Chu.

Come join us and reorient your mind and perspectives on Asian/Asian American Arts!

Visual Arts Gallery Dates: Friday, November 6 through Friday, November 13
Reception: Friday, November 6 from 4-5
Place: Zilkha South Gallery

Arts Showcase Date: Friday, November 6
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Audition For Layla

laylaFrom Alexandra White ’16:

Are you a ballet dancer? Have you always wanted to show off your moves on the big screen? Well now is your chance to shine! Audition for Atiya Walcott’s senior thesis film Layla this Wednesday, October 21st.

Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 4:15 – 5:45 PM
Place: Usdan Room 110

Waltz Away with WesBLAST

Josephine Ho ’16 writes in:

If you can walk, you can dance! Wesleyan’s Ballroom, Latin and Swing Team (WesBLAST) is offering Waltz, Rumba and Swing classes this semester. Our calendar is here (link). It is not necessary to bring a partner or have prior dance experience. But enthusiasm to learn is a must! For more information, check out our OrgSync page. Join our OrgSync group to be on the mailing list! Search Ballroom, Latin and Swing Team. Dancers do not have to conform to traditional gender roles in dancing. So if you like to lead, feel free to learn the leader’s steps instead of back-leading. See you there!

Dates and times: See the WesBLAST calendar here for information
Place: Fayerweather

WesMalai Auditions

An invitation from Kavya Padmanabhan ’18:

Come try out to be part of Wesleyan’s one and only women’s Bollywood dance team – WesMalai!
Auditions will be held on Sunday, Oct 11th in Fayerweather 108! We will be holding two SEPARATE audition times: 2-3pm and 3-4pm. You should only attend ONE timeslot. Come ready to move those fabulous hips!

Date: Sunday, October 11th
Time: Either 2:00pm – 3:00pm OR 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Place: Fayerweather, room 108
Facebook: Event page here

Alarmél Valli

The Navaratri Festival continues! The CFA invites you to enjoy some excellent Indian dancing and music:

Internationally acclaimed Indian dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli turns the traditional Bharatanatyam style into subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry in her Connecticut debut at the conclusion of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival.

Date: Sunday, October 11th
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall (CFA)
Cost: $18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Collective Motion Auditions

12087796_10153643866948104_7133737599718927632_oFrom Rick Manayan ’17:

Collective Motion (CoMo) will be holding auditions this Thursday 10/8 from 5-6pm and Friday 10/9 from 6-7pm, both in Schonberg Dance Studio. Come to one of these sessions, prepared to move! All types of movers are encouraged to come audition. We will also be facilitating movement workshops this upcoming school year, so if you have any questions, or would like more info about any of our events, please feel free to email us (rmanayan[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or lgonsalves[at]wesleyan[dot]edu). Hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9
Time: 5-7PM
Place: Schonberg Dance Studio

Film Screening—“Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmél Valli”

film_screening_eventFrom the CFA:

“Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmél Valli” is a film by award-winning director Sankalp Meshram about the internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Ms. Valli and Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan. This event is part of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival.

Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 2-3:30 PM
Place: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace
Link: here


Music Department Colloquium: “Eroticism, Metaphor, and Music in South Indian Court Dance”

The CFA writes in about this part of the Navaratri Festival:

A talk and performance by Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan as part of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival. The performance will be accompanied by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam, and Fugan Dineen MA ’05, Ph.D.’15 on nattuvangam.

Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 4:15-5:45PM
Place: CFA Hall