Cadavar Exquisito, University Dancers 
Choreography by Tom Vacanti (Associate Professor/Director UMass Dance) and Leslie Frye-Maietta (Visiting Artist/UMass)
Photo by Jim Coleman

Story/Time, FCDD Dancers 
Choreography by Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong
Staging by Visiting Artists Jennifer Nugent and Shayla Vie-Jenkins (SC MFA '18)
Photo by Derek Fowles

Delfos Danza to restage company work with FCDD dancers

[Omar Carrum]Omar Carrum and Claudia Lavista of acclaimed contemporary dance company Delfos Danza will be restaging company work Lleno y vacio with dancers from all five FCDD campuses. The piece will be performed on the fall faculty concerts at both Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges. 


Delfos was founded in 1992 by Mexican choreographers/dancers Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz with the vision of creating dynamic new works in the spirit of collaboration, as well as developing a professional training program for contemporary dancers.  

[Claudia Lavista]The company is a unique collective of artists whose creative vision is characterized by the fluid physicality and poetic narratives within their diverse repertory. Delfos’ work has been presented throughout México as well as in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, Canada, the United States, Italy, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and Greece.

Delfos has received worldwide critical praise, as well as several major international awards for dance, including: The Mexican National Dance Award in 1992, 1997 and 2002; Best Dance Company in Mexico as chosen by the Critics Union; the Artistic Merit Award in Brazil; and the Best Show Audience Award at the XXV Lila López International Dance Festival San Luis Potosi in 2005.

Delfos had the distinct honor as the only Mexican dance company selected to tour extensively in the United States in the fall of 2004 with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts in association with the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. The tour included a successful week-long run at the Joyce Theater in New York as part of the Mexico Now Festival. In 2005-06, Delfos returned to the United States with the support of Artes Americas. Delfos continues to tour yearly in the U.S.

In 2004, 2007 and 2009 Delfos was honored to be chosen for the Professionals Artistic Groups Scenic Arts Mexico en Escena Program from Conaculta, which is given to the most prestigious artistic companies in Mexico.

The company has maintained a constant interest in the creation of projects in collaboration with creators of other artistic disciplines, which has allowed us to work with outstanding national and international artists of different disciplines and visions.

Since 1998, Delfos Contemporary Dance has run the Mazatlan Professional School of Dance (EPDM), which offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program. Today Delfos and the EPDM are recognized as two of the most important contemporary dance organizations in Latin America. Their home base is the Angela Peralta Theater and the Municipal Center for the Arts in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Hampshire College welcomed Deborah Goffe to the faculty in fall 2014

Deborah Goffe, performer, dance maker, dance educator, video artist and performance curator, joined the Five College Dance Department in fall 2014 as Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Dance at Hampshire College. Since founding Scapegoat Garden in 2002, the Hartford-based collaborative dance theater company has served as a primary vehicle and creative community through which Deborah has explored the intersection of dance with other media. Through Scapegoat Garden’s performance works in venues and festivals throughout the region, its laboratory for creative process at The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance and its related community engagement programming, Deborah has sought to forge relationships between artists and communities, helping people see, create and contribute to a greater vision of ourselves, each other, and the places where we live.  In 2012, Deborah was honored by the Connecticut Dance Alliance for Distinguished Achievement in Dance, and participated as New England Emerging Artist in Residence at the Bates Dance Festival in 2010.  She has received Artist Fellowship Grants from the Connecticut Office of the Arts (2013, 2005), the Greater Hartford Arts Council (2007), and the Surdna Foundation (2008). A graduate of the University of the Arts (BFA, Modern Dance) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA, Dance Performance and Choreography), Deborah recently earned a Professional Certificate from Wesleyan University's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance where she explored curatorial practice as a way to nurture the health and vitality of local dance eco-systems. As a dance educator, Deborah has taught dance and related courses in a number of institutions, including Belmont High School in Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, CREC Center for Creative Youth, Trinity College, CulturArte (a youth arts summer residency program in Cape Verde, Africa), Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Wesleyan University. 

Deborah Goffe headshot by Peter Dressel

Prayers for the Wayfarer, Natalia Carignano (SC '17), Julia Antinozzi (SC '18)
Choreography by Rodger Blum 
Photo by Jim Coleman

River's Song, Akshaya Tucker
Choreographed by Ranjanaa Devi, UMass Fine Arts Center
Photo By Charles Flachs

Delfos Danza's Full and Empty, FCDD dancers
Choreography by Claudia LaVista and Omar Carrum
Photo by Derek Fowles

Nutcracker Suite: Danse of the Floreadores, University Dancers
Choreographed by Laura Naratio (UM '12)
Photo by Jim Coleman

Pilobolus Dance Company's Megawatt, FCDD dancers 
Choreography by Pilobolus
Photo by Jim Coleman

Sundiata, Sandra Friedman (SC '18), Nyasha Franklin (MHC '19), Alexandra Leite (HC '16)
Choreography by Marilyn and Sekou Sylla, Five College Lecturers in Dance
Photo by Jim Coleman

too bad it's nothing, Idalia Buddington (HC' 09) and Anna Wotring (UM '15) 
Choreographed by Madison Palffy (HC '14)
Photo by Jim Coleman

Galaxies, Paul Matteson, Amherst and Mount Holyoke College Professor 
Choreographed by Paul Matteson
Photo by Jim Coleman

Gallim Dance's Wonderland restaged with FCDD dancers  
Choreography by Andrea Miller
Photo By Jim Coleman

The Whole of Happiness, FCDD dancers 
Choreographed by Rodger Blum
Photo by Jim Coleman

Do Run Run, FCDD dancers
Choreographed by Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman
Photo by Jim Coleman

(re)Birth, Deborah Goffe, Hampshire College Professor and Leslie Frye Maietta, UMass Visiting Artist
Choreographed by Deborah Goffe
Photo by Jim Coleman

[div 3 concert photo for article]

Serenade by George Balanchine
Five College Reperatory Project, 2004
Photo by JIm Coleman

Tacit Affinity 
Mount Holyoke Faculty Concert 2012
Photo by Jim Coleman

FCDD Musician Sekou Sylla. Photo by Jim Coleman

[Poster for Flamenco performance at MHC]

["Flux" UMass Informal Concert 2015]

[Turvey lecture poster]Dr. Michael Turvey Lecture Event
Action And Perception At The Level Of Synergies
Monday, March 9 at 4:30pm (4:00pm tea)
Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College 

Dr. Michael Turvey is responsible for publishing the work of Nicholai Bernstein's seminal book On Dexterity and Its Development, a Russian text that is the foundation for motor control research, and which was almost lost to the world because of the KGB censorship. Turvey will discuss Bernstein's work in his lecture.                                      

Dr. Turvey ranks among the world’s most accomplished research scientists in the field of psychology. He is widely known for his pioneering work in the ecological approach to perception (focusing on laws and principles at the scale of organisms and their environments) and in applying dynamical systems theory to the coordination and control of movement.

Dr. Turvey has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including Guggenheim and Cattell Fellowships, the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association (APA), Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, Glushko-Samuelson Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award, Honorary Doctorates from Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam) and Florida Atlantic University, the Bernstein Prize in Motor Control, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists. 

Dr. Turvey received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1967. He joined the University of Connecticut in 1967 and the Haskins Laboratories in 1970. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellow, the American Psychological Association (APA) Early Career Award, Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Cattell Fellow, Honorary Doctorate Free University of Amsterdam, APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor (University of Connecticut), Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, American Psychological Foundation F. J. McGuigan Lecturer, Fellow Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Ohio State University Distinguished Alumnus, and President of the International Society of Motor Control.

He has published over 340 scientific articles, produced more than 40 PhDs, and taught more than 27, 000 undergraduates. His research on perception and action and their inter-relation follows James Gibson and Nicolai Bernstein in emphasizing the search for general laws and principles. His research on visual word recognition pursues the key role of phonology in reading identified by Alvin and Isabelle Liberman.

[Five College Faculty Concert 2015 poster]

[Reboot poster]

Hampshire College Winter Dance Concert 2015

Photo by Jim ColemanAs student choreographer Jamila Jackson asserts, “Dance is a space that can hold the wildness of life.” 

Hampshire College's Winter Dance Concert 2015 employs movement as a way to face fears, honor the humanity of vulnerability, embrace the vastness we all embody and ask some of life’s big questions. The evening is rounded out by a lively excerpt of John Heginbotham's Manhattan Research.

Don’t miss a beautifully eclectic event where professional and student dance makers share the fruit of their creative labor together.


Performances February 12-14 at 8:00pm, Hampshire College Main Dance Studio, Amherst, MA. 

Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (413) 559-5889 or emailing

Tickets are $10 general, $5 students & seniors. Handicapped Accessible.