In the Marrow is a performance of choreographed works by Rachel Blair, Mariam Dingilian, and Paul Matteson. Join us March 28 & 29 at 8:00 p.m. in the Mount Holyoke Kendall Studio Theatre. Reception following the Friday night performance features live music by Eljebel.

Rachel Blair’s Witness takes the audience through a series of jolts, capturing moments when unlikely friendships result in trying acts. The division of the self is addressed with jarring clarity, adhering self-sacrifice and liberation. The audience takes a front seat journey of self-division into the point of no return. What is left of you when the daily mask has been absolved, removed, and transcended?

Curtain Call, the interior quest of one on the cusp of performing. Curtain Call by Mariam Dingilian follows the inner dialogue of a conflicted heroine exploring the nature and meaning of performance and the will to create. Inspired by the writings of Tennessee Williams, the piece examines the performer’s public and private world, while probing the boundaries of self-doubt, sensitivity and sanity, and her search for the richness and joy of the possibilities beyond. Curtain call…curtains up!

Show Stoppers is a physically epic duet originally created performed by Paul Matteson and Raja Feather Kelly and now restaged and tenderly improved upon by Molly McBride and Madison Palffy. A tale of sisters, or lovers, or friends; no, strangers who happen to share the same questions, fears and secrets. A dance that grows over and over and over with age, the two banter and attempt one-upmanship or maybe they are just trying to keep up. 

Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (413) 538-2848 or e-mailing  Ticket prices are $5.00 for general admission and $3.00 for students and seniors.

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Sociology Study: Body Perspective in the FCDD

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship modern/contemporary undergraduate dancers within the Five College Dance Department have with their bodies, and how the FCDD environment shapes this relationship. Four volunteers are needed to participate in a 45-60 minute long interview. There is no obligation to participate. If interested, please contact Jessica Goudreault at or at 603-793-8309.

stitch // unraveling

An evening of contemporary dance works by Ailey Picasso and Madison Palffy, stitch // unraveling April 3rd-5th at 8pm in the Dance Studio Theater at Hampshire College in Amherst, combines mutual investigations of distinct and dissolving gestures; fragments and scores.

Ailey Picasso’s experiments in movement generation bring to light inner dialogues and development of personal and shared space. In her group work, individual movement vocabularies are stitched together forming a tapestry of motion in space and time. Her solo work undigested logic examines a personal movement language in conversation with self and environment.

Madison Palffy’s too bad it’s nothing sits on the edge of disaster, in a void full of aliens, a group of people stitching themselves back together haunted by the past. Palffy’s work lies in the intersection of dance making and queer thinking.

Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (413) 559- 5889 or emailing Ticket prices are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors.

Spirit of Uganda Workshop

Join performers from the Spirit of Uganda in an East African Dance workshop!
Tuesday, March 4, 6-7:30pm, on the Concert Hall stage at the UMass Fine Arts Center. $10 general public, students and youth free, max 2 youth per adult. PDP certificates will be available to participating teachers.
This is a participatory workshop open to all levels and ages and taught by the performers you will see the next day! Thoughtful and full of energy, each of the performers speak English fluently and are eager to share stories and experiences with Americans. Come learn expressive and powerful East African dances directly from these professional youth from across the globe.
Teachers, learn about these dances and then learn to teach them to your students while including cultural contexts for the different types of dance. Dance students, add vocabulary to your movement repertoire and fine tune the movements you may already know.
In the words of Artistic Director Peter Kasule: “Dance and music in Africa are the Breath of Life. The deeper we breathe, the longer we live, and the more diverse and culturally rich we become.”  Do take advantage of this opportunity and join us in breathing a little deeper with this extraordinary company.
Anyone may partake in this workshop, but pre-registration is required – please call 545-4160 to register or send email to by Thursday, Feb. 27.

Classical Indian Dance Concert

Ranjanaa Devi cordially invites you to a free concert of classical Indian dances on Saturday February 22 at 4PM at Studio Theater, Kendall Hall, Mt. Holyoke College.  Titled, Devotion, the concert will feature a comparative look at two classical styles – Mohini Attam from the south and Odissi from the east of India. The three performers are part of the Nataraj Dance company and include two Five College Dance department alums who have been studying with Ranjanaa since the 1990s and a talented dancer studying at Brown University.

While this concert is a presentation for students enrolled in Devi’s class Dan 143, all are welcome to attend and get a deeper insight of these two vibrant dance forms so popular in the world today. 


MDF Meeting Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 1-3pm Jones Library Downtown Amherst

Hampshire College Winter Dance Concert

Thursday thru Saturday, February 20-22, 2014 at 8pm
Hampshire College Main Dance Studio, Amherst, MA

Tickets: $10 general, $5 student & senior

413-559-5889 or beginning Feb.10, 2014
Performance Handicapped Accessible

(Amherst, MA) Hampshire College Dance Program presents its annual Winter Dance Concert, which promises to be an evening of engaging and unconventional performance, February 20-22, 2014 at 8pm in the Main Dance Studio, Music & Dance Building.

Guest artist and Hampshire Alumnus Chris McMillian presents, Let there be… a collaborative creation with his repertory class that features flowing partnerships and captivating ensemble work. Ailey Picasso’s beautifully improvised solo considers the effects of habitual movement; first time contributor, Allison Gorbach offers a lyrical trio and Leah Valtin-Erwin debuts Occupied Trains, an energetic and clever exploration of Ukranian life.

Ellen Oliver’s, An Evening of Enchanted Alliance, examines the creation of and participation in collective identity. Miriam King’s duet focuses on boundaries of space and movement. Sabina Smith-Moreland submits two compositions; an improvised kinetic solo and a whimsical trio that employs quick-witted and humorous movement it its exploration of innocence and nostalgia. Nikko Koetsch’s solo Reasonable Doubt moves through the conflicts of self-confidence and doubt.

Don’t miss this thought-provoking evening of dance. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (413) 559-5889 or emailing beginning February 10. Ticket prices are $10.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and seniors. Handicapped Accessible.

About Hampshire College:

As a liberal arts college, Hampshire helps students develop confidence in their intellect, creativity, and values. It encourages their desire to be lifelong learners and their capacity to advance the cause of social justice and the well-being of others.

Photo of Ailey Picasso by Jim Coleman

Place of Dance Book Celebration Performance

Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Smith College, Scott Dance Studio
Tickets are free

 Middlebury College dance faculty member, Andrea Olsen hosts the Place of Dance Book Celebration Performance on Sunday, April 13 at 2 and 6 p.m., featuring collaborators in dance, music, light, and text. Olsen’s new book includes 125 images and 30 interviews woven into teaching stories and informational text, published by Wesleyan University Press. Created with colleague Caryn McHose, this book and the concert drawn from its pages is for anyone interested in living in their bodies with awareness. The celebration at Smith College, Scott Dance Studio Theatre features the talents and visions of eight artists from the book, including Five College faculty and Middlebury alumni. The Smith performance is part of a series of international events, with featured artists in the book from various locales performing together.

Artists in this event include performer/choreographers Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Lisa Gonzales, Paul Matteson, Peter Schmitz, Andrea Olsen, Nancy Stark Smith, and Pamela Vail; musician Mike Vargas; and lighting designer Cathy Couch.

Related events:

Reading: “The Place of Dance: Book Reading.” Saturday, April 12, 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Window, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Co-sponsored by Contact Quarterly and A.P.E. Using The Place of Dance as a frame for the evening, author Olsen will read stories from her new book; introduce area artists that are present and referenced in various chapters through photographs, stories, and interviews; and discuss the overlapping circles of dance practice and articulation¾moving, writing, choreographing, and performing.

Dances in Progress

New work developed in ThDa 209, Modern Repertory, taught by Prof. Paul Matteson
and a new duet by Prof. Wendy Woodson performed by Paul Matteson & Chris Aiken

Monday, December 9, Holden Theater, 7:30PM
Free Admission. Open Seating. No Reservations Required.